Capcom Partners with AMD to Enhance Ray Tracing in Resident Evil Village, Putting NVIDIA DLSS Support into Question

Image: Capcom

The latest installment of Capcom’s iconic survival horror series, Resident Evil Village (RE8), will support ray tracing effects bolstered by AMD FidelityFX, red team’s open-source image quality toolkit for delivering higher visual quality. Radeon CVP & GM Scott Herkelman confirmed the partnership during today’s Radeon RX 6700 XT unveil event, which included a short clip demonstrating what RE8 might look like on Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards with ray tracing and select FidelityFX effects (e.g., Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, Ambient Occlusion) enabled.

The tight collaboration between Capcom and AMD has led some to speculate that Resident Evil Village will not support any of NVIDIA’s proprietary technologies, however. More specifically, the worry is that Capcom won’t be implementing green team’s deep learning super sampling image upscaling technology, DLSS, which would undoubtedly allow RE8 to run at its very best when ray tracing and other demanding effects are enabled at higher resolutions. It’s been noted that none of AMD’s Partner Showcase titles (i.e., DIRT 5, Godfall, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Far Cry 6) feature NVIDIA DLSS support.

That said, AMD is working with Microsoft on a potential answer to DLSS called FidelityFX Super Resolution, which is expected to enable higher performance by upscaling images in similar fashion by leverging machine learning. Recent rumors suggest that AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution will be launched sometime this spring. Red team also has a separate technology called Radeon Boost that improves game performance by instantly and dynamically scaling back the rendering resolution.

“The next exciting title featuring both ray tracing and AMD FidelityFX will be from our partners at Capcom,” Herkelman said during today’s RE8 unveiling. “Resident Evil Village, the eighth major entry in the Resident Evil series, demonstrates what is possible with ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE Engine and the latest generation Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards. The next generation of visuals for both ray tracing and AMD FidelityFX really add to the atmosphere and experience these games are known for.”

Recent News