Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting DLSS and DirectX 12 improvements with future updates

DLSS is coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting DLSS and DirectX 12 improvements with future updates

Asobo's working to add DLSS support to Microsoft Flight Simulator

As part of the company's latest developer Q&A live stream, developers at Asobo has confirmed that the company is working to add support for Nvidia's DLSS technology to Microsoft Flight Simulator's DirectX 12 mode. Nvidia's DLSS tech is an AI upscaling technique for RTX-series GPU users that has the potential to deliver players dramatic performance uplift in Microsoft Flight Simulator. 

The addition of DLSS to Microsoft Flight Simulator should make the game much easier to run at high resolutions and framerates on supported hardware, though it is worth noting that there currently appears to be no plan to add DLSS support for Microsoft Flight Simulator's DirectX 11 codepath. Currently, DirectX 11 provides the most stable framerates in Microsoft Flight Simulator, which means that DLSS will likely not get added to Microsoft Flight Simulator until after DirectX 12's performance and framerate stability is improved.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting DLSS and DirectX 12 improvements with future updates

Currently, Microsoft Flight Simulator's DirectX 12 mode is being worked on. At some point, Microsoft Flight Simulator's DirectX 12 mode should become more performant than its DirectX 12 mode, enabling smoother performance for most PC gamers while giving Asobo a new baseline from which new graphical features can be added to the game. DirectX 12 Ultimate features like hardware accelerated ray tracing, variable rate shading, and mesh shaders all require a game to be using DirectX 12 to function. As such, DirectX 12 support is seen as a major development path for Asobo. 

Asobo currently have in-development builds of Microsoft Flight Simulator that already have DLSS integrated, and Asobo are reportedly pleased with the technology. Asobo has not currently discussed integrating alternative upscaling technologies like AMD's FideltyFX Super Resolution or Intel's XeSS AI upscaler. 

Sadly, Asobo has not discussed when DLSS or DirectX 12 improvements will become available within Microsoft Flight simulator. That said, we expect all of these updates sometime in 2022.

You can join the discussion on Microsoft Flight Simulator's planned DLSS and DirectX 12 updates on the OC3D Forums.

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