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NVIDIA Image Sharpening For DirectX, Vulkan + OpenGL

NVIDIA Image Sharpening Guide for DirectX, Vulkan, OpenGL!

NVIDIA Game Ready drivers now support Image Sharpening for Vulkan and OpenGL, as well as DirectX games. However, you will need to manually turned it on, and set it up.

In this guide, we will share with you the benefits of turning on NVIDIA Image Sharpening, and how to turn it on for your DirectX, Vulkan and OpenGL games!

 

NVIDIA Image Sharpening For DirectX, Vulkan + OpenGL

NVIDIA first introduced Image Sharpening as a NVIDIA Freestyle filter. They then built it into the NVIDIA Control Panel, enabling it for all DirectX 9, 10, 11 and 12 games in the Game Ready 441.08 driver onwards.

Starting with Game Ready 441.41, they officially added NVIDIA Image Sharpening support for Vulkan and OpenGL games too.

Image sharpness can be adjusted on a per-game basis, or applied globally for all supported titles, with per-game settings overriding global settings.

In addition, you can use your NVIDIA GPU to render at a lower resolution for improved performance, and scale it to the monitor’s native resolution, using Image Sharpening to improved the clarity of the upscaled images.

However, this is a global setting, and cannot be disabled or enabled on a per-game basis.

Note that if you are using a GeForce RTX or GeForce GTX 16-series graphics card, they will leverage the Turing GPU’s 5-tap scaling technology for better image quality.

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NVIDIA Image Sharpening : How To Enable It Globally

  1. Download and install GeForce Game Ready 441.41 driver or newer.
  2. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel, and click on Manage 3D settings.
  3. Scroll down the Global Settings tab to Image Sharpening.
  4. Select the On option, and you will have three further options.
    GPU Scaling : All resolutions below the monitor native resolution will be upscaled by the GPU
    Sharpen (0 to 1.0) : This controls the amount of image sharpening
    Ignore film grain (0 to 1.0) : This reduces any film grain that is generated by image sharpening
  5. Click OK and you are done!

Note : GPU Scaling is only available as a Global setting.

Recommended : How To Enable NVIDIA NULL For G-SYNC Monitors Correctly!

 

NVIDIA Image Sharpening : How To Enable It On A Per-App Basis

  1. Download and install GeForce Game Ready 441.41 driver or newer.
  2. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel, and click on Manage 3D settings.
  3. Click on the Program Settings tab and select the game you want to apply image sharpening.
    If you cannot find the game, click Add, choose the desired game and click Add Selected Program
  4. Scroll down to Image Sharpening.
  5. Select the On option, and you will have two further options.
    Sharpen (0 to 1.0) : This controls the amount of image sharpening
    Ignore film grain (0 to 1.0) : This reduces any film grain that is generated by image sharpening
  6. Click OK and you are done!

Note that the per-app setting will override the global settings.

 

NVIDIA Image Sharpening : Current Limitations

As of 26 November 2019, NVIDIA Image Sharpening has the following limitations :

  • Scaling is not supported on MSHybrid systems.
  • HDR displays driven by pre-Turing GPUs will not support scaling
  • Scaling will not work with VR
  • Scaling will not work with displays using YUV420 format.
  • Scaling uses aspect ration scaling and will not use integer scaling
  • Sharpening will not work with HDR displays
  • GPU scaling engages when games are played only in full-screen mode, and not in windowed or borderless windowed mode.
  • Some G-SYNC displays have a 6-tap / 64-phase scaler which scales better than that offered by Turing’s 5-tap/32-phase scaler.
  • To avoid accidentally triggering scaling by applications or DWM, first change to the desired (non-native) resolution from the NVIDIA Control Panel and then launch the application.
  • Turing’s 5-tap upscaler may not engage on certain monitors, based on the monitor’s vblank timing.
  • Turing’s 5-tap upscaler may not engage if the input resolution is greater than 2560 pixels in either the x or y dimension.
  • Scaling is turned off automatically when switching display devices.
  • “Restore Defaults” option in the control panel currently does not revert the upscaling resolution.

 

Death Stranding : Get It FREE With GeForce RTX!

From now until 29 July 2020, you will receive a Steam code for the PC digital download edition of Death Stranding with the purchase of these selected GeForce RTX graphics card, laptop or desktop!

 

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GeForce Driver 442.50 Fixes Apex Legends, ARK, Division 2 + More!

NVIDIA just released GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50, which includes updates for Apex Legends, ARK and The Division 2, as well as support for three new G-SYNC monitors!

Here are the full details on the new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50!

 

GeForce Driver 442.50 Fixes Apex Legends, ARK + Division 2!

The new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50 comes with a slew of game fixes, including :

  • Apex Legends : fixes the crash that’s affecting some players with the error DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG 0x887A0006

  • Division 2 : Day One updates for the Warlords of New York expansion that’s coming up on 3 March 2020!
  • ARK : game updates for the new Genesis expansion
  • Mortal Kombat : random crashes fixed
  • Zombie Army: Dead War 4 : no more corrupted flickering when in-game HDR is enabled
  • Battleye : Desktop Windows Manager no longer resets with NVIDIA Low Latency Mode set to Ultra.
  • Twitch Studio : display no longer corrupts when Image Sharpening is enabled globally from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed : game no longer crashes when playing in a water level
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 : Game no longer randomly crashes on Pascal or older GPUs.

 

GeForce Driver 442.50 Adds Three New G-SYNC Displays!

The new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50 adds support for three more G-SYNC monitors :

  • AOC AG271FZ2
  • AOC AG271F1G2
  • ASUS PG43U

 

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide will help you fix the many problems that gamers will face trying to play the new AAA title from Rockstar Games!

 

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, one of the most promising AAA title of Q4 2019, has been wracked by severe launch issues.

In this guide, we will take a look at the biggest problems facing gamers trying to play Red Dead Redemption 2, and share with you the solutions!

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC : What’s New?

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the best selling games in 2018, and the PC edition with enhanced graphics, uncapped frame rates, new content and a raft of enhancements has just been released!

  • Improved graphics, including support for 4K, HDR and higher frame rates!
  • Three new Bounty Hunter missions!
  • Two new Gang Hideouts!
  • Four new weapons for Story Mode!
  • Two new treasure maps!
  • Four new horses, and three new wild horse variants!
  • Five new trinkets with new effects!
  • New photo mode!

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Here are some online purchase options for PS4 and Xbox One :

Here are the online purchase options for PC :

We will have more PC purchase links up shortly.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 : Known Problems

Here is the current list of known problems with Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC :

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher fails to initialise, with this error message

The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher gets stuck decrypting preloaded files.
  2. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when you attempt to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with this error message :

The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when being launched from Epic Games Launcher
  2. Rockstar Games Launch refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, when initiated from Epic Games Launcher, with this error message

Unable to launch game, please verify your game data

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with the error message :

Activation Required

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2 crashes with this error message :

Red Dead Redemption 2 exited unexpectedly

  1. Stuttering or freezing during game play due to CPU maxing out
  2. Sudden drop in frame rate (fps) during game play

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Solution Guide

Solution #1 : Update Your Graphics Card Driver

As we pointed out in an article we posted earlier, make sure you update your graphics driver :

  • AMD : Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.11.1 or newer
  • NVIDIA : GeForce Game Ready Driver 441.12 or newer

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Solution #2 : Disable Antivirus or Add To Whitelist / Exemption List

Antivirus software are apparently causing RDR2 to crash, especially during the intro / shotgun scene.

Either disable your antivirus software temporarily (not really advisable), or add Red Dead Redemption 2 to its whitelist or exemption list.

Solution #3 : Update The Rockstar Games Launcher

Rockstar just issued a v1.09.164 update to fix the many issues this buggy launcher was causing :

  • Close any running Rockstar game
  • Close the Rockstar Games Launcher
  • Restart the Rockstar Games Launcher, and let it update to v1.09.164 or newer

Solution #4 : Logging Out And Back Into Rockstar Games Launcher

The Activation Required error can apparently be solved by simply logging out of the Rockstar Games Launcher, and logging back in again.

Solution #5 : Clear The Rockstar Games Launch Profile Cache

But in certain situations, if logging out and back in again fails, you will need to clear your local profile cache :

  • In Rockstar Games Launcher, go to Settings > Account Information
  • Select Delete Local Profile (This will only delete the local cache. It will not delete your Social Club account or saved games)
  • Select Confirm
  • Sign into the Rockstar Games Launcher again

Solution #6 : Reduce Number Of CPU Cores

Red Dead Redemption 2 is apparently hogging the CPU, causing stuttering or freezing. A temporary workaround has been suggested – reduce the number of CPU cores it can use :

  • Right click on RDR2.exe in Windows Explorer
  • In the drop-down list, select Set Affinity
  • You will a list of available CPU cores. Uncheck one or two cores.

Solution #7 : Switch To DirectX 12

Generally, Vulkan will offer significantly better performance than DirectX 12. Where possible, you should enable Vulkan, instead of DirectX 12.

However, if you notice sudden drops in frame rate, try switching from Vulkan to DirectX 12. This will likely get fixed in a future graphics card driver.

Solution #8 : Lower The Graphics Settings

Rockstar appears to be overly optimistic about the system requirements of RDR2. NVIDIA ran their own benchmarks, and recommended these cards for 60 fps gaming instead :

So, if you are getting low frame rates, reduce the graphics settings. In particular, volumetric graphics and water quality settings.

 

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The NVIDIA Game Ready Driver 378.66 Details

NVIDIA has released the new NVIDIA Game Ready driver 378.66 for For Honor, Halo Wars 2 and Sniper Elite 4. The new driver also enables NVIDIA Ansel technology for For Honor and Paragon.

Game Ready for For Honor and more

Available on or before launch day, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, they are WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

Having the best possible quality for a game at launch is important. However, titles continue to evolve with new content and features through patches and DLC. Game Ready drivers aim to support all major milestones for games meaning we’re always working to bring you the best experience every time you game.

Paragon and For Honor get NVIDIA Ansel

With the release of this Game Ready driver version 378.66, two new games get NVIDIA Ansel – For Honor and Paragon.

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NVIDIA Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. Think of Ansel as a camera that is integrated into your gaming experience that allows you to capture gameplay that was never before possible. When Ansel is supported in game, players can move the camera to any angle they desire, apply filters, use super resolution capture and even capture in 360 for viewing in VR. Learn more about these features in the Ansel Technology page.

Ansel is also supported in ARK: Survival Evolved, Conan Exiles, Dishonored 2, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Obduction, War Thunder, Watch Dogs 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witness. Ansel is coming soon to upcoming titles such as Lawbreakers and Mass Effect: Andromeda. It was also recently added to Unity Engine and Unreal Engine as a plug-in.

 

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