Starfield developer Bethesda has been giving the game consistent updates following its launch in September of 2023, and an upcoming update will make official FSR 3 support available for players. The support will be part of a beta update for Steam players landing next week. Bethesda doesn’t mention when the update is dropping, but that likely doesn’t matter too much to players who have been waiting for official FSR 3 support since the game’s launch.
Starfield already runs great on PCs with both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but technology like FSR 3 and NVIDIA’s DLSS technology enhances the game visuals and how smooth they look. DLSS 3 for example can help increase the frame rate in games for players who have an RTX 40-series card. All you have to do is tick a box in the graphics settings of whatever you’re playing that enables the DLSS. In doing so you get a boost to the frame rate. How this works is the Frame Generation technology inside of DLSS uses AI to generate new frames to place between the existing frames. So you end up with more than you would get without the RTX On.
FSR 3 does essentially the same thing. It generates new frames to place between existing frames so your game ends up looking smoother.
All Starfield players on PC will get FSR 3 support with a scheduled update later this month
Next week’s Steam beta update will include FSR 3 support for Steam players, but what about the PC players who haven’t opted into the beta client? They will get support for FSR 3 too. Bethesda confirms that the next scheduled update coming later in February will include support for all PC players. Not just those on Steam who are opted into the Steam client beta software.
Starfield initially launched with some FSR support last year, but it was only FSR 2. On the same token, NVIDIA DLSS support wasn’t included at all with the game at launch. Bethesda did end up adding it though in an update that was pushed out a couple of months after the launch in late November. Both FSR 3 and NVIDIA DLSS have also been available through unofficial means if players were willing to install mods.
We’re excited to share that @AMD FSR 3 is coming to @StarfieldGame‘s Steam Beta next week!#FSR 3 will be available to all PC players later this month ahead of our next scheduled update. pic.twitter.com/LQ1pA8TU78
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) February 2, 2024
You may want to wait for the scheduled update
While it’s tempting to get the FSR 3 support as soon as possible (if you haven’t already done with mods), you might want to wait for the scheduled update.
As PC Gamer notes, the last time Starfield had a Steam Beta update you weren’t able to carry over any progress you made in the game to the non-beta version. And you also needed a different build of the game. That won’t necessarily be the case here. But it’s something to keep an eye on as Bethesda prepares to roll this update out next week.