Horizon Zero Dawn adds support for Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR in latest 1.11 update

Written by Chad Norton on Wed, Dec 8, 2021 1:55 PM
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When it first launched on PC over a year ago, developers Guerilla Games had a lot of work to do when their PlayStation-exclusive released with a lot of bugs and performance issues. Since then they have supplied many updates, concluding earlier this year with the last patch for a while. However, it has been surprisingly updated recently with new performance features and improvements.

Horizon: Zero Dawn just got the 1.11 patch and now adds official support for Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). The latter replaces the FidelityFX CAS option that was already available at launch. 

There are also other interesting additions in the latest update like the removal of the shader pre-compilation on startup (which will now happen during loading and in the background instead). Render Scale has also been replaced with a more intuitive system for selecting static and dynamic scale methods.

You can check out the full patch notes for Horizon Zero Dawn update 1.11 below:

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC - Patch 1.11 notes

Graphical Improvements

  • Added Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology.
  • Added AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, replacing FidelityFX CAS.

UI Changes

  • Adjusted settings screen to facilitate the addition of DLSS and FSR.
  • Render Scale option has been removed but same result can now be accomplished by adjusting setting Upscale Method to Simple and adjusting Upscale Quality.

Performance Improvements

  • Improvement to the shader management system. This will result in a few noticeable differences:
  • There is no longer a shader pre-compilation step on startup. The game will always compile shaders during loading and in the background.
  • Stutters during gameplay that used to occur due to background shader compilation have now been significantly reduced.
  • Because shader compilation is still happening in the background you may notice the game having a higher CPU utilization while that is happening.
  • Loading screens will wait for the required shaders to be fully compiled. This may cause loading screens to take somewhat longer on certain systems.
  • On higher spec machines with faster CPUs the loading screens will typically be shorter, due to more efficient shader compilation that better leverages high-end CPUs.

And that’s it for update 1.11 for HZD on PC! What do you think? Are you happy for DLSS and FSR support? Have you played it recently? Or have you yet to play it? What was performance like for you before? Let us know!

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11:16 Dec-09-2021

Looks like i bought the game at a good time. Im 30 hours into my first playthrough and can't wait to see it with these optimizations. Performance so far (before the patch) was not too bad but there was some visible stutter every now and then. Hopefully it's going to be better now

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04:11 Dec-09-2021

Finally! My pc runs it terribly and desperately needs FSR. I hope it drastically increase performance.

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15:03 Dec-08-2021

Cool., I did my first play through last year and the performance wasn't that bad. I can't wait to do the new game+ with less time doing that stupid shader loading.

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16:57 Dec-08-2021

The shader thing only took me a few minutes and was only once in my 70+ hours of playtime

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07:45 Dec-09-2021

wow, I wish that was the case for me. 5-10 mins to load shaders every time I booted the game up. Obviously I could skip it and let it do it in the background, but then the stuttering was insane for 5 -10 mins of playing

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13:57 Dec-08-2021

Guess when I finally get around to playing HZD I will have quite the experience.

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14:34 Dec-09-2021

It was probably the best sci fi game I've played in a while. Also it's the closest thing to breath of the wild we got on PC.

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01:57 Dec-10-2021

That is high praise indeed. Even tho I have watched all the cutscenes I think that experiencing/playing the game will be on a whole new lvl.

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