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CES 2020 | NVIDIA announces new Game Ready driver with VRSS, Wolfenstein: Youngblood to receive a major RTX update

NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver brings in many new features. (Source: Forbes)
NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver brings in many new features. (Source: Forbes)
NVIDIA has announced the release of a new Game Ready driver at CES 2020. The new driver brings support for variable rate supersampling (VRSS), Freestyle splitscreen, updates to image sharpening, and frame rate limiting among others. Also being announced today is support for RTX in more games with Wolfenstein: Youngblood set to deliver an RTX patch this week.

After introducing the world's first 360 Hz G-Sync monitor earlier today, NVIDIA has a few more goodies in store for gamers at CES 2020, which include new LG G-Sync compatible OLED TVs, a new Game Ready driver, and announcement of RTX support for Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

First up is LG's bevy of OLED TVs for 2020 all of which support G-Sync for smooth frame rates. LG is announcing a total of 12 new G-Sync compatible TVs ranging from 48-inches to a massive 88-inches. More information about these new TVs will be available soon. On the monitor side, Acer and Asus have announced new G-Sync Ultimate Mini LED displays. The Acer Predator X32 and Asus PG32UQX are 4K 144 Hz monitors that feature 1,152 dimming zones and a 1,400-nit brightness. 

Today, NVIDIA is also releasing a new Game Ready driver with a host of new features. These include: 

  • A new Max Frame Rate setting in the NVIDIA Control Panel to help save power, reduce system latency, and more.
  • A Variable Rate Super Sampling (VRSS) feature that uses Turing’s Variable Rate Shading to improve image quality in VR games
  • A new Freestyle splitscreen filter lets you showcase screenshots or videos in a side-by-side or even a blended fashion.
  • An update to the Image Sharpening filter that lets users enable GPU scaling without image sharpening, and even supports custom resolutions.
  • Support for an additional 8 G-SYNC Compatible displays. Adding these to the previously mentioned 2020 LG OLED TVs brings the total number of  G-SYNC Compatible displays to 90. 

VRSS basically decouples shading rate from resolution enabling users to increase or decrease image quality in different regions of the frame. The user can, therefore, improve the image in a foveated manner with the center of the frame having a higher shading rate compared to the periphery that is processed at a normal shading rate. This helps improve image quality where it matters the most while preserving the 90 Hz frame rates in VR.

NVIDIA said that more RTX titles can be expected in 2020. Deliver Us the Moon has already received an RTX update in December with support for ray traced shadows, reflections, and DLSS while Wolfenstein: Youngblood is all set to receive an RTX update this week adding ray traced reflections and DLSS support. 

Popular creative apps such as Autodesk Arnold, Adobe Dimension, Adobe Premiere Pro, Blender, and Chaos V-Ray have all received RTX support. Users who purchase a qualifying RTX Studio system starting January 13 stand to receive a free 3-month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription worth US$238.47. 

LG has new G-Sync compatible OLED TVs on display. (Source: NVIDIA)
LG has new G-Sync compatible OLED TVs on display. (Source: NVIDIA)
Acer and Asus have announced G-Sync Ultimate Mini LED 4K 144 Hz monitors. (Source: NVIDIA)
Acer and Asus have announced G-Sync Ultimate Mini LED 4K 144 Hz monitors. (Source: NVIDIA)
A new Game Ready driver is now available with a host of new features. (Source: NVIDIA)
A new Game Ready driver is now available with a host of new features. (Source: NVIDIA)
The new driver brings support for Variable Rate Super Sampling. (Source: NVIDIA)
The new driver brings support for Variable Rate Super Sampling. (Source: NVIDIA)
More RTX titles are inbound for 2020. (Source: NVIDIA)
More RTX titles are inbound for 2020. (Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with RTX on. (Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with RTX on. (Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with RTX off. (Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with RTX off. (Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with DLSS at 1440p. (Source: NVIDIA)(Source: NVIDIA)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood with DLSS at 1440p. (Source: NVIDIA)(Source: NVIDIA)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01- 6 (Update: 2020-01- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.