Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Finally Getting DLSS Support!

The latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, despite a slew of post-launch performance improvements, is still the type of game that can make even the most powerful PCs sweat. The good news for frequent flyers who happen to own an Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card is that DLSS support will be added to Flight Simulator later this year.

DLSS will be available when the game is run in DirectX 12, as part of a slew of upcoming DX12 enhancements that will also include optimizations for playing on multiple monitors and other features. A recent devstream, which you can watch in full below, from Asobo Studio, confirmed the DLSS addition, though the feature is still being tested and there is no specific release date beyond 2022.

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The upscaling technology used by Nvidia is extremely picky about which GPUs it associates with, in contrast to AMD FSR and Intel's upcoming XeSS technologies. To use it, you'll need one of the best graphics cards from Nvidia's own stable (i.e., the RTX 20 series or RTX 30 series) and a computer with a powerful enough GPU. It is still the best upscaling technology available right now, taking advantage of its enhanced artificial intelligence and built-in anti-aliasing to produce a clearer, sharper image than FSR.

Despite the fact that Asobo's DLSS implementation is still in the works, CEO Sebastian Wloch stated in the video Q&A that the prototype “works much better than we expected.” Which, to be honest, is reassuring.

Although I personally would not object to a little DLSS, my RTX 3090 GPU was feeling the strain of all the city-scale hyper detail at 1440p during my recent attempts to learn Flight Simulator's meticulous ways. The ability to achieve native-level sharpness while also delivering a substantial performance boost, as demonstrated in numerous other games, could easily be one to include in the pre-flight checks.

Final Words

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Just keep in mind that to take advantage of DLSS where it is available, you'll need an RTX 20 series or RTX 30 series graphics card. If your PC is experiencing performance issues in a game that does not support both DLSS and FSR, or if you do not have an RTX graphics card, you might want to consider using Nvidia Image Scaling instead.

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