Death Stranding has received a hearty (5 GB) update that brings DLSS 2.1’s Ultra Performance mode to Hideo Kojima’s walking simulator. According to NVIDIA, Ultra Performance mode allows GeForce RTX 3090 owners to run the game at frame rates as high as 78 FPS in 8K with ray tracing enabled.
“The Ultra Performance mode uses a newly trained AI super resolution model, purpose-built for 8K, that offers image quality comparable to native resolution, while rendering only one ninth of the pixels,” NVIDIA boasted in its 8K HDR Gaming article from earlier this month. “In supported titles, users will now have up to 4 DLSS image quality modes –Quality, Balanced, Performance, and Ultra Performance– for even more user choice, and even bigger performance boosts.”
Not surprisingly, Ultra Performance mode also boosts frame rates significantly for lower resolutions and/or weaker GPUs. Thanks to DLSS 2.1, GeForce RTX 2060 users are reporting frame rates of 80 FPS or better in 4K, which is pretty admirable for the lowliest member of the RTX 20 Series.
Today’s Death Stranding update also brings added achievement display support for the Epic Games Store version, as well as improved game stability.