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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: MachineGames
Release Date: July 26, 2019

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'Wolfenstein: Youngblood' (ALL) Update Adds Ray Tracing and DLSS Support

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2020 @ 11:47 a.m. PST

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op experience where play as one of BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters and undertake a do-or-die mission to find their missing father in 1980s Paris.

Set in 1980, 19 years after BJ Blazkowicz ignited the second American Revolution, Wolfenstein: Youngblood introduces the next Blazkowicz generation to the fight against the Nazis.

As BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters, Jess and Soph, you'll take to the streets of 80s Nazi-occupied Paris as you search for your father.

Establish a home base in the Parisian Catacombs and take on missions in any order you want. If you choose to roll solo, you'll be paired up with an AI companion. As you complete missions, you'll level up and unlock unique abilities, weapon attachments, gadgets, cosmetics and more.

At CES, Bethesda is releasing the ray tracing update for Wolfenstein: Youngblood that includes ray tracing reflections, DLSS and NVIDIA Highlights. It will be available as a free downloadable patch and released during CES week.

To kick off the new year, we’re excited to share that a ray-traced upgrade for Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be available the week of January 6th.

With ray tracing enabled, you can marvel at ray-traced reflections throughout each of Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s levels. Any surface, if it’s reflective, will feature accurate, high-quality, high-detail, lifelike reflections that elevate graphical fidelity.

In action, ray tracing truly shines, with weapon effects reflecting, and dynamic real-time reflections being reflected on enemies and moving game elements.

To enable Ray-Traced Reflections, ensure you have the latest Game Ready Driver, Windows 10 update and game patch installed (when released), and navigate to Options > Video > Advanced Settings. Scroll down, switch Ray Traced Reflections on, and restart the game when prompted. At the same time, you can also enable NVIDIA DLSS, and select the DLSS Mode, which offers players different balances between performance and quality.

With DLSS enabled, we recommend the GeForce RTX 2060 for 1920x1080, the GeForce RTX 2070 for 2560x1440, and the GeForce RTX 2080 for 3840x2160, enabling all GeForce RTX gamers to experience Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s graphics and ray tracing at max settings at 60 FPS+ (note, users with 6GB of VRAM may need to lower texture detail by one level). And while we strive to support ray tracing on all GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and higher GPUs, Wolfenstein: Youngblood only supports ray tracing on GeForce RTX GPUs at this time due to several bugs and performance issues.

NVIDIA DLSS Boosts Performance In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

While ray tracing provides the next generation of visual fidelity in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, our DLSS technology accelerates performance so you can enjoy that fidelity at higher frame rates.

As an AI algorithm, DLSS is constantly learning and improving. Wolfenstein: Youngblood demonstrates this continuous improvement, with DLSS delivering big boosts in frame rates while providing similar image quality to native resolution with TAA.

What this means for gamers is playing at higher output resolutions and quality settings with ray tracing enabled: in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the GeForce RTX 2060 delivers over 80 FPS at 1920x1080 with RT and DLSS, and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti exceeds 100 FPS at 4K.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood brings three DLSS modes: Quality, Balanced, and Performance. These options control the DLSS rendering resolution, allowing you to choose the right balance of image quality and FPS. For 1920x1080 and 2560x1440, the default is set to Quality, with 4K set to Performance.

Most importantly, DLSS achieves this performance while keeping image quality comparable to native resolutions with TAA.

NVIDIA Highlights In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

In addition to adding ray tracing and DLSS, the new Wolfenstein: Youngblood update also includes NVIDIA Highlights. With the latest version of GeForce Experience installed, Highlights will automatically record your best gameplay moments, which you can later edit and upload to YouTube and social media.

When you load the game post-patch, with the latest versions of our Game Ready Driver and GeForce Experience installed, you’ll be prompted to enable NVIDIA Highlights. If you accidentally click “No,” you can still switch it on by pressing Alt+Z in-game to load GeForce Experience’s overlay, and then navigating to Settings > Highlights via the cog wheel icon.

Key Features:

  • Murder, They Wrote. Team up with a friend or play alone with an AI companion in the first modern co-op Wolfenstein adventure. Perform new tag team maneuvers, crank up the voltage with the devastatingly powerful new weapon, the Electrokraftwerk, and show off your flair with skins and emotes.
  • Escape from Paris. Wolfenstein: Youngblood features the most open-ended Wolfenstein experience to date. From a new base of operations located deep in the heart of the Paris catacombs, plan how and when to attack and dismantle the Nazi regime.
  • Sweatin' to the 80s. The wonder years, these are not. Featuring harrowing takes on iconic Parisian landmarks to graffiti-tagged streets, leather-clad Nazis, and an allnew soundtrack inspired by the synth heavy tones of classic 80s action films.
  • Lock and Load. Wield the latest advancements in power armor tech, weaponry, and armor to stamp out Nazi scum. Level up, explore, and complete missions to unlock new abilities, weapon attachments, gadgets, cosmetics, and more to complement your playstyle.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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