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A New Frontier: Starfield Welcomes FSR 3 with AMD's Artistic Answer to Nvidia's Reign

In a surprising twist, Bethesda has announced that AMD's Fidelity FX Super Resolution 3 (FSR 3) will join the ranks of Starfield's technological marve...

Amy West Feb 02, 2024
A New Frontier: Starfield Welcomes FSR 3 with AMD's Artistic Answer to Nvidia's Reign


In a surprising twist, Bethesda has announced that AMD's Fidelity FX Super Resolution 3 (FSR 3) will join the ranks of Starfield's technological marvels. As we eagerly await this exciting update, it's time to delve into the world of upscaling technologies and witness the battle between Nvidia's DLSS and AMD's Fluid Motion Frames. Prepare for an adventure that promises improved visual fluidity, stability for seasoned travelers, and a touch of whimsical artistry.

With the announcement of FSR 3 arriving in the StarfieldGame's Steam Beta next week, Bethesda set the gaming world on fire. Tweets erupted, forums buzzed, and gamers everywhere eagerly awaited this technological marvel. Bethesda, in their own quirky and endearing way, exclaimed, "We're excited to share that AMD FSR 3 is coming to StarfieldGame's Steam Beta next week! FSR 3 will be available to all PC players later this month ahead of our next scheduled update." The stage was set for a showdown between DLSS and FSR 3.

Now, I must confess that when I first heard the term "FSR 3," my mind conjured images of secret government agencies and conspiracy theories. But fear not, my fellow adventurers, for FSR 3 simply stands for Fidelity FX Super Resolution 3—a mouthful of fancy words that essentially means AMD's answer to Nvidia's Frame Generation tech in DLSS 3.

DLSS, with its dedicated hardware requirements, had taken the gaming world by storm. But AMD, always the creative genius, devised Fluid Motion Frames, a software-based alternative that performs a similar task. Picture this: Fluid Motion Frames generates and inserts frames between frames, like a master painter adding brushstrokes to create a smoother visual experience. It's like having a magically talented artist enhance every pixel in your game, ensuring that you never miss a beat.

In December 2023, AMD unleashed the FSR 3 source code upon the world, and like a group of excited children with a new toy, modders dived headfirst into its wonders. Their creations ranged from impressive to wonky, proving that even in the realm of gaming, artistry requires a delicate touch. But fear not, for Bethesda's official implementation of FSR 3 promises to be a quantum leap forward. It will bring improved performance, stability, and sheer simplicity. It's like stepping into the workshop of a master sculptor who, after much experimentation, unveils a breathtaking masterpiece.

But FSR 3 is not the only treat in store for us, my friends. Bethesda's upcoming patch also includes a change to FormIDs, those mysterious hex-based numbers used as identifiers for items in the game. This tweak, according to Bethesda, "should improve stability for saves that have visited many locations." Ah, the joys of stability in a world filled with cosmic wonders and uncharted territories! It's like having a seasoned tour guide who ensures your journey is smooth, even when you've explored every nook and cranny.

Now, let's address the elephant in the room, shall we? The fact that Bethesda rolled out DLSS support before FSR 3, despite Starfield being an AMD-sponsored title, may raise an eyebrow or two. It seems that Nvidia still reigns as the "king of upscaling," at least for now. While FSR 3 is hardware agnostic, allowing all adventurers to partake in its wonders, those fortunate souls with Nvidia hardware may find DLSS to be their preferred path. It's like having a royal escort through the realms of visual fidelity, ensuring that every pixel is fit for a king.

As with previous updates, the Starfield FSR 3 update will first grace us as a Steam beta. So, if you wish to be one of the fortunate few to witness its ethereal beauty before the official release, make sure you opt into the beta branch. However, do note that the Steam DLSS beta required a distinct build of Starfield, and progress made in that build did not carry over to the live game. Bethesda has yet to clarify if this will be the case with the FSR 3 beta, but I would err on the side of caution. Fear not, intrepid travelers, for I shall keep you informed of the full patch notes for thenext Starfield update on Steam as soon as they are released. So stay tuned, fellow adventurers, as we embark on this new frontier of visual splendor and artistic innovation.