Starfield’s Most Popular Mod Sparks Paywall Controversy

Starfield’s Most Popular Mod Sparks Paywall Controversy

Starfield’s upscaling controversy on PC continues. The individual answerable for the open-world sci-fi RPG’s most standard mod providing DLSS2 assist has now created one for DLSS3 as effectively. It’s locked behind a Patreon paywall although, angering some within the mod neighborhood and main a couple of to bypass the venture’s DRM and pirate it free of charge as a substitute.

If all that appears like a complicated mess, that’s as a result of it’s. To briefly recap: Bethesda Sport Studios and AMD introduced an unique partnership for Starfield. This meant it might solely assist AMD’s upscaling expertise for higher decision and framerate efficiency, FSR2, slightly than competing instruments like Nvidia’s DLSS2 and Intel’s XeSS. AMD claimed nothing was stopping Bethesda from supporting the rival upscaling applied sciences. Nonetheless, Starfield launched with out choices to show them on within the settings menu.

Enter modder PureDark and “Starfield Upscaler,” which is at present the preferred mod for Starfield on NexusMods and replaces FSR2 assist with DLSS and XeSS. It’s free and has been downloaded by over 150,000 gamers to date, enhancing their expertise with the sport because of PureDark’s easy workarounds. “Yep, DLSS2 was too straightforward, Bethesda exported all of the FSR2 capabilities,” they wrote. “It’s like I can simply reuse 95% of the code from Elden Ring or Jedi Survivor.”

That might have been the top of the story, besides that PureDark proceeded to launch a check construct of a second mod on September 2 that helps DLSS3, the newest model of the device for improved framerates launched by Nvidia in September 2022 (through The Verge). As an alternative of being free, that mod was locked behind PureDark’s paywall, reigniting an age-old debate concerning the ethics of profiting off mods vs. giving them away. The kicker was that PureDark even added DRM to the mod within the type of an authenticator to stop gamers from accessing the device with no one-time, energetic $5 Patreon subscription.

Maybe unsurprisingly, some within the PC gaming neighborhood responded by “cracking” the mod similar to they might a brand new launch with the intention to pirate it. “STARFIELD DLSS 3 FG Mod by PureDark Has Been CRACKED Already,” tweeted the account PC_Focus on September 3 (through IGN). “Paid mods get what deserved [sic] for having DRM carried out.”

Others within the modding neighborhood, in the meantime, have tried to launch free mods that assist DLSS3. One among them is by LukeFZ564. Uploaded to NexusMods, customers initially reported numerous bugs and crashes with it, however a few of these appear to be resolved. The most recent feedback are all thanking LukeFZ564 for the free various to paid mods.

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