Metro: Exodus
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It’s time to get prepped for Metro Exodus, the new graphical behemoth that looks like it’s set to become the next Crysis of benchmark tests. Nvidia has dropped the GeForce 418.91 Game Ready Driver, bringing day one performance optimisations for the eagerly anticipated post-apocalyptic FPS.

Metro Exodus is going to be of particular interest to Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series owners due to its ray traced global illumination and it promises to be a worthy testing ground of the technology.

The GeForce 418.91 graphics card driver also allows DLSS to be used in both Metro Exodus and Battlefield V, offering dramatically improved performance while sacrificing a little image quality. DLSS utilises the Tensor Cores on the GeForce RTX graphics cards combined with Deep Learning technology to identify the visual elements that need rendering at a higher quality.

As of this latest driver, both Battlefield V and Metro Exodus become the first two games to take full advantage of the special capabilities of the RTX GPUs, including the GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.

Metro Exodus Recommended Graphics Settings for GeForce RTX

Nvidia has provided some helpful info to let RTX owners know which resolution and graphics settings they’ll be aiming for in Metro Exodus. If you’ve seen the Metro Exodus system requirements then you’ll be aware it’s set to be a massively demanding game; even more so when you factor in ray-traced global illumination effects.

  Resolution Quality Preset DXR DLSS
GeForce RTX 2060 1080p Ultra High On
GeForce RTX 2070 1080p Ultra High On
GeForce RTX 2080 1440p Ultra High On
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 4K Ultra High On

Metro Exodus does also come with an Extreme graphics preset above Ultra, although early performance reports suggest it causes a massive performance hit and so isn’t recommended. A GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Extreme/1080p, for example, can hit lows of 30-ish frames per second.

Aside from that, you can expect some decent performance from the entire range of RTX graphics cards. It's very surprising to see the RTX 2080 Ti can actually handle 4K with raytracing but I'm sure it'll come as pleasing news to the lucky owners of Nvidia's top-end GPU.

Likewise, the GeForce RTX 2060 can hold its own at 1080p and can even dial up the ray-tracing to High, which seems to be an impressive feat and far more than we were expecting.

Battlefield V Recommended Graphics Settings for GeForce RTX

DLSS has a big impact on Battlefield V’s frame rates as well, and Nvidia now recommends the following settings in Battlefield V for those who want to play at a locked 60 frames per second in BFV.

  Resolution Quality Preset DXR DLSS
GeForce RTX 2060 1440p High Medium On
GeForce RTX 2070 1440p Ultra Medium On
GeForce RTX 2080 1440p Ultra Ultra On
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 4K Ultra Ultra On

As a result of the DLSS performance boost we can see the GeForce RTX 2060 can now handle 1440p with ray-traced reflections in Battlefield V. The graphics do need to be knocked down slightly but the end result should still look great.

We're also seeing the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti both beginning to stretch their legs. 4K/Ultra/Ultra on the RTX 2080 Ti seemed unthinkable when ray-tracing support first arrived in Battlefield V but Nvidia and DICE have worked a bit of magic here.

So, Nvidia's latest GPU drivers can, as always, be grabbed directly from its site or downloaded automatically through your current GeForce Experience installation.

Battlefield V is out now and available through the Origin store, while Metro Exodus is out on Friday, February 15th, exclusively through the Epic Games Store.