Earlier last week, Bethesda confirmed that their sci-fi RPG Starfield will receive a beta update on Steam to bring much-requested DLSS support and other QoL fixes. As promised, the beta update is now finally live on Steam, and we’ve already installed it. If you’re not sure how to get the beta and enable DLSS in Starfield, follow our step-by-step guide below.
All new features in the Starfield beta update
Bethesda shared the news about the DLSS update going live via message on Starfield’s official X account (formerly Twitter). According to the report, the update is available on Starfield’s Steam beta branch.
According to the blog post update 1.8.83, that is size of 2 GB, brings two additions to the game. The first is the critically acclaimed DLSS support, including DLAA, Reflex Low-Latency and DLSS frame generation. These options should help older graphics cards and GPUs rated at 4K get better frame rates while maintaining visual fidelity. Beyond that, small improvements in quality of life are finally possible, such as eating food items straight from the world instead of adding them to your inventory.
Additionally, the new Starfield update has a slew of additional fixes. Some notable changes included GPU performance optimization and CPU rendering threading mode. Both changes should improve the game’s performance. Of course, the usual bug fixes and stability passes are also available with this update. We recommend that you use the official change log to read about every QoL update.
How to get a Starfield DLSS update on Steam
To use DLSS in Starfield, you must first sign up for the game’s beta branch. Please note that since this is not the official launch of the update, there is a good chance that something will break. Further, beta versions of builds will not work on the official update. Therefore, unless you are sure, we recommend that you wait for the official launch of the update in the coming weeks. To install the update:
- First, search for the game in your Steam library. Once you find it, right-click and select Properties.
- In the new pop-up window, click the “Betas” option in the left sidebar.
- Then click the drop-down next to ‘Beta Participation’ and select ‘Beta Beta’ to get the latest update.
- Once the update is complete, launch the game and go to “Settings -> Display‘ to find the new DLSS settings option.
And so you can use and enjoy the brand new Starfield update. As it goes, this is available exclusively on Steam. Game Pass and Xbox do not have a beta branch. Therefore, gamers on these platforms will have to wait for the official launch of Starfield’s DLSS update. So, are you looking forward to these changes? How much performance improvement do you expect? Let us know in the comments below.