Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 – Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 - Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

Nvidia’s DLSS 3 tech has been adopted by developers seven times faster than DLSS 2  

Let’s face it, Nvidia’s introduction of its RTX technologies has changed the face of gaming, delivering hardware accelerated AI and ray tracing to the masses with their RTX 20 series and pushing these technologies further with every subsequent GeForce hardware launch. 

With Chat GPT and other AI innovations hitting the market, it is clear that AI has entered its prime time, and Nvidia have been working towards this moment to ensure that their hardware and software are the best available for AI games and applications.

Nvidia’s latest AI innovation is DLSS 3, which launched with their GeForce RTX 40 series of products in 2023. Now that six months has passed since this launch, it is clear that Nvidia’s latest iteration of DLSS is just as revolutionary as Nvidia claimed it to be, with the technology being adopted seven times faster than DLSS 2 in its first six months. So far, 28 games already support DLSS 3, and that list is growing fast.

DLSS is a collection of performance enhancing AI technologies that Nvidia has developed, technologies that enable improved performance for both games and productivity applications. While DLSS 1, DLSS 2, and DLSS 3 all are different technologies, they all serve the same purpose. DLSS is about boosting performance, and so far over 270 games and applications now use the technology.

To date, over 270 games and applications support DLSS, and that number is increasing at a rapid rate.

DLSS 3 – Nvidia’s Performance Multiplier

DLSS 3 is both a hardware and software innovation. That’s why DLSS 3 is only available on Nvidia’s latest RTX 40 series products and how Nvidia has managed to create DLSS 3 in the first place. While DLSS 1 and DLSS 2 utilised AI to upscale lower resolution frames to higher resolutions, decreasing rendering loads, DLSS 3 moves things in a different direction by using AI to generate whole frames, creating new intermediate frames between traditionally rendered frames to act as a framerate multiplier.

With DLSS 3, Nvidia are using the AI performance and unique features of their RTX 40 series GPUs to multiply the performance of games. With DLSS Frame Generation, framerates can be doubled to increase motion clarity and deliver gamers a smoother gaming experience. This can be combined with Nvidia’s DLSS Super Resolution (DLSS 2) technology to deliver additional performance benefits, and can even deliver performance gains for games that are CPU-limited. 

So how does DLSS 3 work?

Nvidia’s DLSS 3 Frame Generation feature takes four inputs, the data from current frames, the data from prior frames, game engine data (like motion vectors and depth data), and data from an optical flow field that is generated using the RTX 40 series’ Ada Optical Flow Accelerator (OFA).

These inputs can be used by Nvidia’s DLSS 3 software to create intermediate frames between a game’s current frame and prior frame, effectively adding an extra AI frame between traditionally rendered frames. Motion vectors and optical flow data are used to make sure that everything in these AI generated frames are correctly positioned and look as they should, allowing games to look clearer in motion thanks to their higher framerate.  

Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 - Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

More Frames – Less Work

With Nvidia’s DLSS 3 technology, gamers can receive greater than 2x performance benefits. Nvidia’s DLSS Super Resolution (DLSS 2) technology can increase framerates by decreasing a game’s rendering load and using the power of Nvidia’s tensor cores to upscale these images, and DLSS 3 can then be used to add frame generation into the mix to effectively double a game’s framerate.

When DLSS Super Resolution is set to performance mode, a 4K frame can be rendered using an traditional render resolution of 1080p, effectively quadrupling a game’s resolution using the power of AI. DLSS Frame Generation can then be used to add additional frames, as shown below. 

Below, we can see an example where a traditional 1080p frame is upscaled to 4K using DLSS Super Resolution (DLSS 2) and a game’s displayed framerate is doubled using DLSS Frame Generation (DLSS 3). In this example, DLSS Super Resolution delivers a 4x increase in displayed pixels and DLSS Frame Generation double the number of displayed frames/pixels. Combined together, an 8x increase in displayed pixels is achieved over traditional rendering, delivering incredible performance benefits.   

Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 - Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

DLSS 3 – Three Technologies in One

Nvidia’s DLSS 3 isn’t just delivering DLSS Frame Generation to games. DLSS 3 is a combination of several technologies. Games that support DLSS 3 also support Nvidia’s DLSS 2 (DLSS Super Resolution) technology, and newer DLSS 3 games also support Nvidia’s DLAA (Deep Learning Anti-Aliasing technology), which is effectively DLSS Super Resolution when applied to native resolution frames (delivering high quality anti-aliasing). 

The last of DLSS 3’s three technologies is Nvidia Reflex, a technology that decreases the input latency of games to reduce your PC’s response time and make games feel a lot more reactive to your inputs. Nvidia Reflex decreases the amount of time it takes for your PC to react to your inputs, allowing games to react faster to your in-game actions and feel more responsive.

With DLSS 3, Nvidia RTX 40 series users get to benefit from higher framerates, more responsive games, and increased motion clarity. That’s a win, win, win for GeForce users.

Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 - Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

Making AI Matter for Gamers

With their suite of DLSS technologies, Nvidia is making AI a critical part of PC gaming. While similar techniques are possible without AI, like AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 technology, Nvidia are undeniably the current leaders of the image upscaling pack, with DLSS giving them a major boon to lord over their competitors.

It cannot be denied that AI performance is now a factor that needs to be considered when purchasing a new graphics card, not just for productivity or creator applications, but for gaming as well. DLSS is Nvidia’s killer feature, showcasing that AI can greatly benefit PC gamers, and Nvidia have made it clear that they are working on more AI technologies. Outside of gaming, Nvidia has also delivered RTX Voice and RTX Super Resolution, two great add-ons for PC users.

Nvidia DLSS adoption explodes with DLSS 3 - Why is DLSS 3 being adopted 7x faster than DLSS 2?

What Games and Engines support Nvidia’s AI and RTX Technologies

Currently, Nvidia’s DLSS technology is available in over 270 games and applications, and that list is larger is you broaden the scope to also include ray tracing and other AI technologies, all of which fit under Nvidia’s “RTX” banner. 

Below is an exhaustive list of games and applications that currently support Nvidia RTX features, which includes DLSS 3 and DLSS 2. As you can see, this is a huge list of applications, and this list is growing at a rapid pace. You can expect this list to be out of date soon after the release of this article.

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10bit FX Notch Builder App       Yes 3Vjia App     Yes Yes 51VR 51 City OS App Yes     Yes A Plague Tale: Requiem Game Yes Yes Yes   Act-3D Lumion App Yes     Yes Adobe After Effects App       Yes Adobe Camera Raw App       Yes Adobe Dimension App Yes     Yes Adobe Lightroom Classic App       Yes Adobe Photoshop App       Yes Adobe Premiere Pro App       Yes Adobe Premiere Rush App       Yes Adobe Substance 3D Designer App Yes     Yes Adobe Substance 3D Painter App Yes     Yes Adobe Substance 3D Sampler App       Yes Adobe Substance 3D Stager App       Yes Alan Wake Remastered Game     Yes   Altair Inspire Studio/Render (formerly known as Evolve) App       Yes Altair Inspire-CFD App Yes     Yes Altair Thea Render App       Yes AMID EVIL Game Yes   Yes   Anatomy Of Fear Game     Yes   Animal Logic Glimpse App Yes     Yes Animalia Survival Game     Yes   ANSYS VRXPERIENCE for HMI and Perceived Quality App Yes     Yes ANSYS AVxcelerate Sensors App Yes     Yes ANSYS SPEOS App Yes     Yes Anthem Game     DLSS 1   Apocalypse: 2.0 Edition Game     Yes   Armory ArmorPaint App Yes       Aron’s Adventure Game Yes   Yes   Assetto Corsa Competizione Game     Yes   Atomic Heart Game   Yes Yes   Autodesk Arnold App Yes     Yes Autodesk Flame Premium App       Yes Autodesk Inventor App Yes     Yes Autodesk VRED App Yes   Yes Yes AverMedia CamEngine App       Yes AverMedia VoiceEngine App       Yes AWAY: The Survival Series Game     Yes   Back 4 Blood Game     Yes   Bakemono Game     Yes   Baldur’s Gate 3 Game     Yes DLAA Ballads of Hongye Game     Yes   Battlefield 2042 Game Yes   Yes   Battlefield V Game Yes   DLSS 1   Batora: Lost Haven Game Yes   Yes   Be.Live App       Yes Bentley Systems ContextCapture App       Yes Bentley Systems LumenRT Connect App Yes   Yes Yes Bentley Systems MicroStation App Yes     Yes Bentley Systems SYNCHRO PRO App Yes     Yes Beyond Enemy Lines 2 Game     Yes   BIOHAZARD VILLAGE Z Version Game Yes       Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve App Yes     Yes BLACKTAIL Game     Yes   Blender Institute’s Blender App       Yes Blind Fate: Edo no Yami Game Yes   Yes   Blood Bowl 3 Game     Yes   Bodies of Water VR (Beta) Game     Yes   Bred University of Applied Sciences WispRenderer App Yes       Bright Memory Game Yes   Yes   Bright Memory: Infinite Game Yes Yes Yes   Broken Pieces Game     Yes   Buildmedia Realspace App Yes     Yes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Game Yes   Yes   Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Game Yes   Yes   Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Game     Yes DLAA Call of Duty: Vanguard Game     Yes   Call of Duty: Warzone Game     Yes   Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Game     Yes DLAA Cebas finalRender App Yes     Yes Chaos V-Ray App Yes     Yes Chaos Vantage App Yes     Yes Chaos Enscape App     Yes Yes Chased by Darkness Game     Yes   Chernobylite Game Yes   Yes   Chief Architect App Yes       Chivalry 2 Game     Yes   Choo-Choo Charles Game     Yes   Chorus Game Yes   Yes DLAA ChronoTecture: The Eprologue Game     Yes   Cimpatico Studios, Inc. – Cimpatico Streaming Production App       Yes Cions of Vega Game     Yes   Conqueror’s Blade Game   Yes Yes   Control Game Yes   Yes   Corsair Gaming, Inc. – iCUE Software App       Yes Crossout Game     Yes   CROWZ Game     Yes   CRSED F.O.A.D Game     Yes   Crysis 2 Remastered Game Yes   Yes   Crysis 3 Remastered Game Yes   Yes   Crysis Remastered Game Yes   Yes   CyberLink PowerDirector App       Yes Cyberpunk 2077 Game Yes Yes Yes   cyubeVR Game     Yes   D5 Innovation D5 Render App Yes   Yes Yes Dabanjia BIM App Yes   Yes Yes Dakar Desert Rally Game   Yes Yes   Dassault Systemes 3DEXCITE DELTAGEN App Yes     Yes Dassault Systèmes 3DVIA HomeByMe App Yes       Dassault Systemes CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE App Yes     Yes Dassault Systemes CATIA Live Rendering App Yes     Yes Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. SOLIDWORKS Visualize App Yes     Yes Daydream: Prologue Game Yes   Yes   Daz3D Daz Studio App Yes     Yes Dead Space Game Yes   Yes   Death Realm Game     Yes   Death Stranding Game     Yes   Death Stranding Director’s Cut Game     Yes   Deathloop Game Yes   Yes   Deep Rock Galactic Game     Yes DLAA DeepStates (VR) Game     Yes   Deliver Us Mars Game Yes Yes Yes   Deliver Us The Moon Game Yes   Yes   DenchiSoft VTube Studio App       Yes Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed Game   Yes Yes   Diablo II: Resurrected Game     Yes   Digital Anarchy AI Denoiser App       Yes DiRT 5 Game Yes       Dolmen Game Yes   Yes   Domino Simulator Game Yes   Yes   DOOM Eternal Game Yes   Yes   DxO PhotoLab App       Yes Dual Universe Game     Yes   Dying Light 2 Stay Human Game Yes Yes Yes   Edge of Eternity Game     Yes   EdgeOfTheAbyssAwaken Game     Yes   Elgato Camera Hub App       Yes Elgato WaveLink App       Yes Enlisted Game     Yes   Ephesus Game     Yes   Epic Games’ Twinmotion-UE App Yes     Yes Epic Games’ Unreal Engine App Yes   Yes Yes Escape From Naraka Game Yes   Yes   Escape From Tarkov Game     Yes   ESI Group IC.IDO App Yes     Yes ESRI ArcGIS Pro App       Yes Everspace 2 Game     Yes   Evil Dead: The Game Game     Yes   Evil West Game     Yes   Exit From Game     Yes   EzBench Game     Yes   F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch Game Yes Yes Yes   F1 2020 Game     Yes   F1 2021 Game Yes   Yes   F1 22 Game Yes Yes Yes   Fall Balance Ball Game     Yes   Far Cry 6 Game Yes       Faraday Protocol Game     Yes   Farming Simulator 22 Game     Yes DLAA Final Fantasy XV Game     DLSS 1   Firefighting Simulator – The Squad Game     Yes   Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach Game Yes   Yes   Forspoken Game Yes   Yes   Fortnite Game Yes   Yes   Forza Horizon 5 Game Yes   Yes   Foundry MODO App Yes     Yes Frozen Flame Game     Yes   Frozenheim Game     Yes   Get Stuffed! Game     Yes   Ghost Game     Yes   Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Game     Yes   Ghostrunner Game Yes   Yes   Ghostwire: Tokyo Game Yes   Yes   Glodon BIMMaker App Yes     Yes God of War Game     Yes   Godfall Game Yes       Gotham Knights Game Yes   Yes   Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition Game     Yes   Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition Game     Yes   Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition Game     Yes   Gu Jian Qi Tan Online Game     Yes   Gungrave G.O.R.E Game Yes   Yes   Halo Infinite Game Yes       Helios Game Yes   Yes   Hell Pie Game Yes   Yes   Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Game Yes   Yes   Hello Neighbor 2 Game Yes   Yes   Hi-Fi RUSH Game     Yes   HITMAN World of Assassination Game Yes Yes Yes   Hogwarts Legacy Game Yes Yes Yes DLAA Höll Space 5D6 Game     Yes   Holomento Game     Yes   Horizon Technology Kool VR 3.0 App     Yes Yes Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Game     Yes   Hot Wheels Unleashed Game     Yes   Hydroneer Game     Yes   ICARUS Game Yes   Yes   INDUSTRIA Game Yes   Yes   Into the Radius VR Game     Yes   Iron Conflict Game     Yes   Island of the Ancients Game     Yes   Isotropix Angie App Yes     Yes Isotropix Clarisse App Yes     Yes Jaws Of Extinction Game     Yes   Jian Po Game     Yes   Judgment Game     Yes DLAA Jurassic World Evolution 2 Game Yes Yes Yes DLAA Justice Game Yes Yes Yes   JX3 Online RTX Version Game     Yes   Kena: Bridge of Spirits Game     Yes   Kognat Rotobot App       Yes Last Hope on Earth Game     Yes   LEAP Game     Yes   Legendary Tales Game     Yes   LEGO Builder’s Journey Game Yes   Yes   Lemnis Gate Game     Yes   Life Is Strange: True Colors Game Yes       Linctex Digital Technology Co.Ltd – Style3D Studio App Yes       Loopmancer Game Yes Yes Yes   Lost Judgment Game     Yes DLAA Loverowind Game     Yes   Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles Game       DLAA Luxion KeyShot App Yes     Yes Marmoset Toolbag App Yes     Yes Martha Is Dead Game Yes   Yes   Marvel’s Avengers Game     Yes   Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Game Yes   Yes   Marvel’s Midnight Suns Game Yes Yes Yes   Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Game Yes Yes Yes DLAA Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered Game Yes Yes Yes DLAA Maxon Redshift Renderer App Yes     Yes McNeel & Assoc. RHINO App Yes     Yes Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries Game Yes   Yes   Mercs Fully Loaded Game Yes   Yes   Meshroom VR WeViz Studio App Yes       Metro Exodus Game Yes   DLSS 1   Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition Game Yes   Yes   Microsoft Flight Simulator Game   Yes Yes   Midnight Ghost Hunt Game     Yes   Minecraft with RTX Game Full RT   Yes   Minecraft with RTX: China Edition Game Full RT   Yes   Monster Hunter Rise Game     Yes DLAA Monster Hunter World Game     DLSS 1   Moonlight Blade Game Yes   Yes   Mortal Online 2 Game     Yes   Mortal Shell Game Yes   Yes   Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Game     Yes   My Time At Sandrock Game       DLAA Myst Game Yes   Yes   Myth of Empires Game Yes   Yes   NARAKA: BLADEPOINT Game     Yes   Necromunda: Hired Gun Game     Yes   Need For Speed Unbound Game   Yes Yes   Nemetschek ALLPLAN App Yes     Yes Nine To Five Game     Yes   Nioh 2 The Complete Edition Game     Yes   No Man’s Sky Game     Yes DLAA NVIDIA Broadcast App Yes     Yes NVIDIA Canvas App Yes     Yes NVIDIA IndeX App Yes     Yes NVIDIA Iray App Yes     Yes NVIDIA Omniverse App Yes   Yes Yes NVIDIA RTX Remix App Yes   Yes Yes OBS App Yes     Yes OBS Streamlabs App Yes     Yes Observer: System Redux Game Yes   Yes   ON1 NoNoise AI App       Yes ON1 Portrait AI App       Yes ON1 Resize AI App       Yes orbit.industries Game Yes   Yes   Otoy OctaneRender App Yes     Yes Outerverse Game     Yes   Outriders Game     Yes   Paradise Killer Game Yes   Yes   PC Building Simulator 2 Game     Yes   PERISH Game Yes Yes Yes   PGA TOUR 2K3 Game     Yes   Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis Game     Yes   Pixar Renderman App Yes     Yes Pixar RTP App Yes     Yes PlanetSide 2 Game     Yes   Pluviophile Game     Yes   Poker Club Game Yes       Portal with RTX Game Full RT Yes Yes   Powerslide Legends Game     Yes   Propnight Game     Yes   Pumpkin Jack Game Yes   Yes   Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary Game Yes   Yes   Quake II RTX Game Full RT       Raji: An Ancient Epic Game Yes   Yes   Ranch Simulator Game     Yes   Random Control Maverick Render App       Yes RAZE 2070 Game Yes   Yes   Ready or Not Game     Yes   Recall Game     Yes   Red Dead Redemption 2 Game     Yes   Redout: Space Assault Game Yes   Yes   REFICUL 666 Game     Yes   Remington Graphics D-NOISE App Yes     Yes Remnants Game     Yes   Resident Evil 2 Game Yes       Resident Evil 3 Game Yes       Resident Evil 7 Game Yes       Resident Evil Village Game Yes       Returnal Game Yes   Yes   Ring of Elysium Game Yes       Rise of the Tomb Raider Game     Yes   Robo Pocket: 3D Fighter With Rollback Game     Yes   Rune II Game Yes       Rust Game     Yes   Saboteur Game Yes   Yes   Sackboy: A Big Adventure Game Yes   Yes   Saints Row Game Yes       Scathe Game     Yes   Scavengers Game     Yes   SCP: Pandemic Game     Yes   SCP: Secret Files Game     Yes   SCUM Game     Yes   Severed Steel Game Yes   Yes   Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game Yes   Yes   Shadow Warrior 3 Game     Yes   sheencity Mars App Yes   Yes Yes SideFX Houdini App Yes     Yes Siemens Digital Industries – Software NX Ray Traced Studio App Yes     Yes Siemens Digital Industries Software Simcenter Prescan App Yes     Yes Sifu Game     Yes   SimRail – The Railway Simulator Game     Yes   Sons Of The Forest Game     Yes   Soul Dossier Game     Yes   Soulmate Game Yes   Yes   Soulstice Game     Yes   SplitmediaLabs, Ltd. 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