Horizon Zero Dawn on PC supports a ton of AMD technologies and lacks Denuvo protection

Horizon Zero Dawn on PC supports a ton of AMD technologies and lacks Denuvo protection


A major PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, made its way to PC yesterday, with teams from Guerrilla Games and Virtuos working closely with AMD to bring some cutting edge technology to the game. Also, unlike Death Stranding on the same Decima engine from Guerrilla Games, it does not use Denuvo, but is limited to Steam protection.

According to AMD, Horizon Zero Dawn supports the following technologies:

  • AMD Radeon FreeSync Premium Pro – Advanced frame sync technology combined with HDR makes the gameplay smoother and the picture richer.
  • AMD FidelityFX (Single Pass Downsampler) is an RDNA-optimized single-pass downsampler that can generate up to 12 MIPmap levels in a single compute shader pass. This avoids graphics pipeline downtime when moving the buffer to a lower resolution or generating MIPmap chains. The imposition of textures and post-processing effects is accelerated.
  • AMD TressFX – The latest version of Realistic Hair Physics System delivers photorealistic hair rendering effects on Radeon GPUs.
  • Asynchronous Computing – Allows graphics cards to perform graphics and compute workloads at the same time This ensures efficient resource allocation and increases frame rates.

For Radeon owners wishing to fully enjoy the game, it is advisable to install the recently introduced first August Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.8.1 driver.

In theory, NVIDIA GPUs should also support TressFX and asynchronous computing. However, there is no way to enable or disable TressFX in the game. Moreover, AMD assumes that only Radeon GPUs support them. The team specifically mentions their GPUs, not all graphics cards (as is the case with AMD Radeon FreeSync Premium Pro).

“Together with Aloy go on a journey through the mysterious world of deadly machines. The outcast young hunter seeks to find out her destiny … and stop the disaster. Use devastating attacks against unique machines and representatives of hostile tribes, exploring the dangerous wildlife “, – reports a description of a post-apocalyptic adventure.

Since there are many AMD features present in the game, it’s safe to assume Virtuos won’t add DLSS 2.0 support. After all, unlike Death Stranding, this PC port is backed by the AMD team. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (which includes The Frozen Wilds add-on) is now on sale on Steam for 2800 ₽ and offers full Russian localization.

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