The Ascent is missing DLSS and ray tracing on Recreation Cross however not on Steam

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The Ascent is a cyberpunk motion RPG with ray tracing and DLSS. Generally. Generally it is a cyberpunk motion RPG with ray tracing and no DLSS. Generally that ray tracing implementation might not work in any respect. And whether or not you get these Nvidia settings all is determined by the place you entry the PC model from. 

The Microsoft Recreation Cross model of The Ascent appears to be a extra light-weight model than the construct you’ll be able to obtain proper now from Steam. Each DirectX 12 ray tracing and DLSS are entrance and centre and understanding of the digital field on Valve’s storefront, however for those who seize The Ascent as a part of your Recreation Cross sub you then’re solely given direct entry to a part of the settings image.

I have been working the sport from my Steam library and it seems to be, and performs, nice. I imply, it is demanding as all hell with the whole lot turned as much as extremely with ray-traced shadow, reflections, and ambiont (sic) occlusion enabled. Even with DLSS on the standard setting, and working at 3440×1440, the GeForce RTX 3090 on this machine is straining at between 75 and 90 fps.

Our Jacob, alternatively, is experiencing a world of ache along with his Recreation Cross set up. For one factor there aren’t any DLSS choices in any respect, one thing that has bizarrely been famous as missing in a reddit thread the place it is famous as not a platform characteristic of Home windows 10, and solely on Steam. 

After the DLSS .dll recordsdata have been made out there by way of TechPowerUp you’d hope that possibly it might simply be a easy drag and drop into a selected binaries folder. Sadly that’s merely not how Recreation Cross video games arrive in your PC. They’re packaged up as virtually particular person entities, and whereas we might navigate by way of the folders, we have been unable so as to add within the obligatory recordsdata, and have been merely advised there wasn’t sufficient house to drop them in as if the sport itself have been a drive.

The Ascent adding DLSS files

(Picture credit score: Neon Large)

Seems to be like we will should hope that builders, Neon Large, are capable of patch the Recreation Cross model so as to add DLSS in, as a result of proper now there is not any Nvidia AI help in your in-game body charges.

Which might be extra of an issue if ray tracing truly labored in Microsoft’s model. 

If I disable ray tracing totally on my system, the efficiency instantly shoots as much as match the 144Hz refresh charge of the display screen as a result of I’ve received VSync enabled.

For Jacob, it would not matter whether or not he is received ray tracing enabled or not, he is nonetheless hitting the identical efficiency numbers both manner, and the picture on display screen seems to be no completely different. In brief, now we have to imagine that ray tracing is bricked on The Ascent Recreation Cross model too.

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The Ascent with ray tracing on or off?

Ray tracing on? (Picture credit score: Neon Large)

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The Ascent with ray tracing on or off?

Ray tracing off? (Picture credit score: Neon Large)

Jacob is utilizing an AMD RX 6900 XT, however we have seen proof of the identical factor taking place with Nvidia machines working from a Recreation Cross account too, so it is not a case of purple vs. inexperienced right here.

I imply positive, he can nonetheless play the sport, and the world of The Ascent seems to be mighty fairly, in a gritty cyberpunk manner, with out ray tracing enabled. However the truth that now we have two distinct variations of the sport working on successfully the identical platform is actually unusual. All we are able to assume is that Neon Large needed to get an earlier construct of the sport to Microsoft for Recreation Cross day one availability, and is extra capable of ship updated builds by way of Steam.

No matter, it is bizarre. Although admittedly not unprecedented with Recreation Cross. 

At the least with Nier: Automata it was the opposite manner round, and the Steam model was the damaged construct that point. Nonetheless, completely different storefronts on the identical platform should not have completely different variations of the identical recreation. We have not been capable of finding any affirmation {that a} future DLSS patch might be taking place, however this is hoping we get some replace over the weekend for our Recreation Cross buddies.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming for the reason that days of Zaxxon and Girl Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Dying Race 2000!). He constructed his first gaming PC on the tender age of 16, and eventually completed bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system round a 12 months later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first began writing for Official PlayStation Journal and Xbox World many many years in the past, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 amongst others. Now he is again, writing concerning the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with extra cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the solar, and SSDs extra capacious than a Cybertruck.