Nvidia drops a tonne of news at Gamescom

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NVIDIA has introduced DLSS 3.5, a groundbreaking upgrade to its AI neural network technology. A new feature - Ray Reconstruction - enhances image quality on GeForce RTX GPUs. Ray Reconstruction creates higher-quality pixels between sampled rays. Game enthusiasts can anticipate enhanced realism in titles like Alan Wake 2 and Cyberpunk 2077, both supporting DLSS 3.5 alongside full ray tracing and Reflex. Portal with RTX is also set for a DLSS 3.5 upgrade this fall. DLSS 3.5's influence extends beyond gaming to real-time 3D creator applications, with D5 Render, Chaos Vantage, and NVIDIA Omniverse slated to feature Ray Reconstruction. 

Nvidia says that DLSS and Reflex will be coming to major game titles this fall. These games notably are Alan Wake 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, PAYDAY 3, and Fortnite will be upgrading to DLSS 3.

In a more interesting turn of events, Nvidia has announced Half-Life 2 RTX: An RTX Remix Project. The Half-Life community has been set on remastering the original game using an early access version of RTX Remix’s creator toolkit. The modding community is rebuilding materials in-game with Physically Based Rendering (PBR) properties for extra detail and is using Nvidia’s technology to include full ray tracing, DLSS 3, Reflex, and RTX IO into the remaster.

To make your gaming experience more immersive Nvidia has announced the NVIDIA ACE which is a custom AI model foundry that aims to bring intelligence to non-playable characters (NPCs). This means that NPCs will be able to strike up conversations or give knowledge that will lead to new quests. 

Something that really catches the eye is the inclusion of NVIDIA NeMo SteerLM which is a technique that enables developers to customize the personality of NPCs for more emotive, realistic and memorable interactions. This means every interaction with characters can be different as every NPC can be given a unique personality ranging from humour to creativity to toxicity, all of which can be quickly configured through simple sliders.

GeForce NOW now supports streaming Xbox Game Pass for PC games like Deathloop, Grounded, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, and No Man's Sky. If you're an Xbox Game Pass member or own these games on the Microsoft Store, you can stream them on GeForce NOW without extra purchases. This brings more titles to cloud gaming without needing high-end hardware.