Should DLSS Be Turned On For Battlefield 2042? (Updated Information)

DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, and it’s one of many technological features offered by NVIDIA for those gamers who own RTX 20 and RTX 30 graphics cards or any of the games that support the feature as of 2022. 

Should DLSS Be Turned On for Battlefield 2042?

Making use of the features offered by NVIDIA, including DLSS, can improve your gaming performance, especially when it comes to competitive gaming.

However, at times, there can also be disadvantages, so it’s important not to assume that using these features will automatically make for a better gaming experience. 

NVIDIA claims that DLSS should improve your experience of Battlefield 2042, so we had to test it out for ourselves, and we are now in the position to tell you how DLSS impacts gameplay in Battlefield 2042. 

You can play Battlefield 2042 on PC, Playstation or on XBOX devices.

So, without further ado, let’s explore whether or not you should turn on DLSS when playing Battlefield 2042 or whether you should leave this feature turned off. 

Does Battlefield 2042 Support DLSS 2.X?

First of all, if you’re wondering whether DLSS 2.X is even supported for Battlefield 2042, the answer is yes. Battlefield 2042 uses the Frostbite Engine, which is supported by NVIDIA DLSS. 

Moreover, DLSS is integrated into Battlefield 2042, but the catch is that because DLSS is a proprietary feature, it doesn’t work with certain graphics cards.

Therefore, you’ll need to make sure that your graphics card is compatible with DLSS if you want to use this feature.

Activating DLSS For Battlefield 2042

Activating DLSS for Battlefield 2042 is easy provided that you have the right graphics card. All you need to do is start up the game and open ‘settings’. 

Once you’re in the settings menu, click on ‘advanced settings’ and turn on DLSS in either quality mode or performance mode.

If you get into the advanced settings menu and DLLS is grayed out, it could be that your graphics card is not supported.

If you’re sure that you’re working with a supported graphics card but you can’t activate DLSS, try updating your drivers since DLSS won’t work if you haven’t installed all the latest drivers on your PC. 

Before you go ahead and activate DLSS for Battlefield 2042, though, you should know how exactly it will impact your experience of the game. Read on to find out more.

Will DLSS Impact FPS In Battlefield 2042?

FPS (Frames Per Second) is an important part of your gaming experience because it impacts how smoothly the game runs and how natural the graphics look.

Therefore, you probably don’t want to be using any technology that will reduce the FPS in game. Luckily, instead of lowering your FPS, DLSS should actually boost your frames per second.

However, whether or not this increase will result in a significant improvement in terms of smoothness and natural graphics will depend on other hardware factors. 

If you have a newer CPU and graphics card as well as a lot of RAM, you could experience an increase in FPS equal to 100%. However, if you’re working with older or cheaper hardware, you might only notice a 5% increase. 

Regardless of what hardware you’re working with, it’s still worth turning on DLSS and seeing if it improves your FPS. Since DLSS will never harm your FPS, there’s no reason not to try it.

Make sure to measure your FPS before you activate DLSS so you can see the difference in the figures once you’ve turned DLSS on. 

DLSS And Battlefield 2042 Input Latency

Input Latency is the technical term for what most gamers refer to as ‘lag’. Lag is never a good thing when it comes to gaming because it ruins the immersive experience of the game and may even impact your performance. 

Battlefield 2042 players will be pleased to know that activating DLSS can significantly reduce Input Latency, making for a better overall gaming experience. 

However, once again, how much difference you can expect to see will depend on what graphics card and processor you’re using.

Many people think that because DLSS is mostly generated by the GPU in your graphics card, it will work fine as long as you have a good graphics card.

However, since some of the tasks within DLSS are outsourced to the processor, you also need a powerful CPU if you’re going to see noticeable results. 

Tests have shown that gamers playing Battlefield 2042 with good graphics cards and CPUs can sometimes see Input Latency reductions of up to 60%. This can be improved further by turning on NVIDIA Reflex Mode. 

What About Graphics Quality?

Should DLSS Be Turned On for Battlefield 2042?

Graphics quality is partially tied to FPS, but a lot of other factors go into how good the graphics of any given game look on screen.

Whether or not DLSS impacts the quality of the graphics in Battlefield 2042 also depends on whether you use it in performance or quality mode. 

If you use DLSS in performance mode, you’re basically sacrificing graphics quality for better performance. This is because DLSS performance mode lowers graphics quality in order to reduce latency and boost FPS.

This sacrifice shouldn’t be too noticeable because optimization should automatically take place thanks to the graphics card processor’s AI. 

Now, if you use DLSS in quality mode, you should see an improvement in your graphics quality, but this means you might also notice a performance reduction. 

Since Battlefield 2042 is a performance-based game rather than, for example, an immersive role-playing game, most people will want to use performance mode and take a barely-noticeable hit on graphics rather than the alternative.

However, this is a personal decision at the end of the day, so we recommend trying it out for yourself.

Is FSR Better Than DLSS For Battlefield 2042?

A question that a lot of people ask when considering activating DLSS for Battlefield 2042 is ‘should I use FSR instead?’ 

FSR stands for FidelityFX Super Resolution, which is a supersampling feature similar to DLSS.

It basically makes your game appear to be in higher resolution by filling in extra pixels, making a game look around 360p higher than it really is in terms of resolution. 

Like DLSS, FSR can either boost the resolution of your game or boost the FPS. Both features are dependent on system hardware. So, how do you choose which one to use? 

Well, you remember how we said that in order to activate DLSS you’ll need a certain graphics card? With FSR, you can use the feature regardless of what graphics card you’re using.

So, if you don’t have a supported NVIDIA graphics card, you won’t be able to use DLSS, but you can use FSR as an alternative.

In terms of the actual difference in results between the two features, it really depends on your hardware. Unless you use the exact same conditions to test out both FSR and DLSS you’re unlikely to see any real difference.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Should I Enable DLSS?

If you’ve read the entirety of this article and are still asking yourself whether you should enable DLSS for Battlefield 2042 or not, we would advise you to do so. 

Of course, if you don’t have a supported NVIDIA graphics card, you will not be able to use DLSS for Battlefield 2042, but if you do have a supported graphics card, you should use DLSS in performance mode to increase FPS and decrease lag in the game. 

We wouldn’t necessarily recommend using DLSS in quality mode for this game, though, since you might end up sacrificing elements of the game’s functionality that are crucial for performance. 

Alternatively, if you don’t have a supported graphics card to enable DLSS for Battlefield 2042, you should be able to use FSR instead. This feature does largely the same thing as DLSS. 

Is DLSS Useless For 1080p? 

Some people think that using DLSS is pointless if you’re running your game at 1080p, but we don’t think this is the case.

The reason a lot of people think this is because DLSS feels like it makes more of an impact when you use it at a substandard level to boost the performance. 

What GPU Do You Need For DLSS?

We’ve mentioned a few times that DLSS for Battlefield 2042, you need to have a supported NVIDIA graphics card to enable the feature. Specifically, you have to have a GPU from the 30-series line.

These include the RTX 3060, 3070, 3080, 3060 Ti and the RTX 3090. 

The reason these GPUs support DLSS while others don’t is because they’re built using the second-generation Tensor cores from Nvidia, and these cores perform better and make running DLSS much easier.

Is DLSS Better Than Native?

If you’re not sure whether using native resolution is better than DLSS, our advice is to stick to DLSS in most situations since it’s sharper than FSR and native resolution. 

However, DLSS can sometimes cause shimmering issues even when you put the feature into quality mode. This can be annoying and distracting.

So, even though there’s a performance improvement on native resolution of about 25%, you might want to use native resolution if the shimmering issues are becoming an issue for you.

Is TAA Or DLSS Better?

Some people have suggested that TAA is a better feature than DLSS, and in some cases, this might be true.

You might find that TAA reduces some of the jagged effects you might experience in the game, but the tradeoff here is that the whole frame looks slightly out of focus. Therefore, we would still recommend DLSS overall.

Final Thoughts 

Turning on DLSS for Battlefield 2024 is a great idea as long as you have a 30-series NVIDIA graphics card to support the feature.

DLSS can increase your FPS and reduce lag, and even when you use it in performance mode, it should not visibly reduce the quality of your graphics. 

With that being said, you will need a powerful GPU and CPU to see a large difference when using DLSS. If you don’t have a DLSS supported graphics card, you can always use FSR instead to achieve roughly the same effect. 

To enable DLSS for playing Battlefield 2042, you should open the games, go into settings, choose advanced settings, and select performance mode. Try out quality mode, too, and see which you prefer.

Ashley Newby