April 14, 2024

Starfield’s upscaling controversy on PC continues. The particular person chargeable for the open-world sci-fi RPG’s most standard mod providing DLSS2 help has now created one for DLSS3 as nicely. It’s locked behind a Patreon paywall although, angering some within the mod group and main a number of to avoid the mission’s DRM and pirate it at no cost as a substitute.

If all that seems like a complicated mess, that’s as a result of it’s. To briefly recap: Bethesda Sport Studios and AMD introduced an unique partnership for Starfield. This meant it could solely help AMD’s upscaling know-how for higher decision and framerate efficiency, FSR2, relatively than competing instruments like Nvidia’s DLSS2 and Intel’s XeSS. AMD claimed nothing was stopping Bethesda from supporting the rival upscaling applied sciences. Nonetheless, Starfield launched with out choices to show them on within the settings menu.

Enter modder PureDark and “Starfield Upscaler,” which is at the moment the most well-liked mod for Starfield on NexusMods and replaces FSR2 help with DLSS and XeSS. It’s free and has been downloaded by over 150,000 gamers thus far, enhancing their expertise with the sport because of PureDark’s easy workarounds. “Yep, DLSS2 was too straightforward, Bethesda exported all of the FSR2 capabilities,” they wrote. “It’s like I can simply reuse 95% of the code from Elden Ring or Jedi Survivor.”

That will have been the top of the story, besides that PureDark proceeded to launch a check construct of a second mod on September 2 that helps DLSS3, the most recent model of the instrument for improved framerates launched by Nvidia in September 2022 (by way of The Verge). As an alternative of being free, that mod was locked behind PureDark’s paywall, reigniting an age-old debate in regards to the ethics of profiting off mods vs. giving them away. The kicker was that PureDark even added DRM to the mod within the type of an authenticator to forestall gamers from accessing the instrument and not using a one-time, lively $5 Patreon subscription.

Maybe unsurprisingly, some within the PC gaming group responded by “cracking” the mod similar to they might a brand new launch in an effort to pirate it. “STARFIELD DLSS 3 FG Mod by PureDark Has Been CRACKED Already,” tweeted the account PC_Focus on September 3 (by way of IGN). “Paid mods get what deserved [sic] for having DRM applied.”

Others within the modding group, in the meantime, have tried to launch free mods that help DLSS3. One in every of them is by LukeFZ564. Uploaded to NexusMods, customers initially reported quite a few bugs and crashes with it, however a few of these appear to be resolved. The most recent feedback are all thanking LukeFZ564 for the free different to paid mods.