Don't Expect Final Fantasy XV To Get DLSS Now

We reported last week that almost all of the upcoming expansions for Final Fantasy XV had been cut, but there was another sad piece of news in that mix. Production on the PC version has been shut down as well.

The "special program" livestream announced that while the standalone release of Multiplayer: Comrades would be released on December 13 Australian time, that standalone game would not be coming to PC. It means that Episode Ardyn will be the last release FFXV gets on PC, which is a bummer for anyone who picked up a flashy Nvidia RTX GPU recently.

Final Fantasy XV was one of the games slated to use the neural network-powered anti-aliasing techniques released with the launch of Nvidia's RTX series, deep learning subsampling (DLSS). The game doesn't currently support it, although you can toggle DLSS on for the separate FFXV benchmark through a batch file. It's a bit of a bodgy benchmark, however, with culling and LOD scaling issues noted by GamersNexus back in February. Issues were fixed for the playable demo, but the benchmark still has problems today.

Support for DLSS hadn't been patched into FFXV just yet, and with production on the PC port cancelled its unlikely we'll see the fancy anti-aliasing technique make its way into the game at all. The game's lead programmer and technical director, Takeshi Aramaki, mentioned earlier this year that he hoped to add ray-traced reflections into FFXV , but we can kiss that goodbye now as well.

"We can’t make a promise as to when it’ll be released, but with the cooperation of the NVIDIA team, we’re putting much effort into development so that we can utilise Nvidia's DLSS technology for [FFXV] as well," Aramaki said at the time.

On the bright side, at least FFXV already has mod support. And even if the developers wanted to patch anything that uses new ray-tracing features today, they wouldn't be able to: the debacle with the Windows October Update, which enabled ray-tracing features in DirectX 12, has meant that everyone is still waiting for OS-level support.


Comments

    The whole story is pretty disappointing. DLSS would have been great (I'm looking forward to it in other titles) but the DLC cancellations are I think a worse blow.

    There's a rumour that the October update might be re-released on Patch Tuesday this week, but it's certainly unusual for Microsoft to sit on a pause for this long. I'm sure Nvidia will be keeping pressure on them too, since it's such an important update for their latest product line.

      totally OT to the article but I don't think it's unusual that the 1809 update is being held back, so far there's 2 major bugs that they have fixed (or will be fixed, I haven't kept track), both involve loss of data.

      they hosed whatever good PR they could muster and I think right now all MS can do to salvage the situation is to triple check via the insider program that the 1809 doesn't contain anymore issues before being released

        It's unusual in that it's by far the longest pause they've ever done on Windows 10, which has been out for three and a half years now. It's not just that they've held it for more than a month now, but also that they've been radio silent on it since it was pulled. I'm not suggesting that it's wrong to hold it back, just that it's unusual.

    Strange I've had the 1809 update down automatically since available and had no issues with it at all. As far as FFXV goes, I finished the game originally on PS4, and got it on steam just because I've got every other FF game on steam and its better to have these on PC then console. FFXV was alright when I initially finished it within 2 weeks of release, but it's worth almost nothing now. Will be a miracle if they actually get to a decent FF game within the next 10 years.

    That’s.. Literally not what they said.
    The standalone version of Comrades isn’t coming to PC because they’re just using the in-built one on PC with the new updates on it. That’s the only difference. They never said “it is cancelled”.
    The console versions are just getting the new (free) download that will migrate/transfer data to it.

    spoke too soon dudes (and with no real facts to back it up other than pigeon holing this theory into the announced cancelled DLC). i expect better from Kotaku. FFXV DLSS is here as of GeForce 417.35 update and a FFXV Windows steam update:

    https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/geforce-417-35-whql-driver-download.html

    personally, I am glad they canned DLC this game was turning into final fantasy XIII and nobody wants that. I get re using assets is the only way to make next gen HD games profitable compared to mobile, but it gets old fast. also has everyone really gotten the Type-F and completed the 100+ hours of endgame content? doubt it. but wah wah wah DLC. just like wah wah wah remake ffxiv online and remake ffxv. then wonder why KHIII and FFVII remake are taking so damn long to complete lool. rome wasn't built in a day ppl show me this level of quality elsewhere i'd love to see it. p.s. dragon quest xi is the best JRPG in existence. good day good sirs~

    p.s. if you don't like any of the 6 forks of windows 10 then don't beta test lol … just install redstone 1 and take the updates they give you I guess or stick to windows 7. (or try windows 10 S). i'm on 19H1 (redstone 6) 18290 (oh sh*t 18298 just came out. i'll OS update b4 this gpu driver update--you can mount your 18298 ISO to virtual drive to do so :D *edit* only seeing Korean and Russian torrents online atm. monthly security rollout just hit win 7 though so deal with that on your other partition and wait for 18298 tomorrow XD) no real problems at all and they added google's retpoline code to reduce spectre and meltdown mitigation to 'noise level' (aka better performance, negating that ~5-30% decrease in performance to 1-3% iirc). just set your MS edge scaling back to 100% when you youtube or you'll have a white line on the right side of your vids lol. also to make your seagate external drive accessible through your home network again just set your network to 'private' and 'turn windows features on and off' > SMB everything. sorry spam just wanna spread the love lol. have fun <3 ! :)

    Last edited 13/12/18 1:22 pm

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