Starfield DLSS 3 Mod Creator Fires Back At Pirates For Cracking DRM Paywall
PureDark was one of the first modders to mod NVIDIA’s DLSS technology into modern video games. His work on modding DLSS 3 frame generation (and eventually DLSS upscaling) into Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was what really made him popular, and started the whole concept of DLSS modding in general. His work also proved that DLSS integration is not difficult for developers to implement, particularly in games that already have AMD’s FSR 2 technology integrated, since both technologies rely on the same underlying motion vectors to function properly in a video game.
Since the beginning of his DLSS modding career, PureDark has put his DLSS 3-frame generation mods behind a $5 paywall through the use of his Patreon service. At first, nobody took serious issue paying for a DLSS mod, however, when PureDark announced that he would protect his mods with a DRM service, news outlets, and the gaming community at large began to criticize him and question his Patreon paywall.
STARFIELD DLSS 3 FG Mod by PureDark Has Been CRACKED Already— PC_Focus 🔴 (@PC_Focus_) September 3, 2023
Paid mods get what deserved for having DRM implemented 🖕 pic.twitter.com/ex8tfUgIFa
The idea of paying for DLSS mods is a hard pill for some people to swallow, especially when DLSS comes “free” in games that officially support it. But on the flip side it is completely understandable for someone to desire some compensation for the work that he/she does. If PureDark provided his mods for free, there’s also a good chance he would not have been able to work as hard and couldn’t put DLSS into as many titles as he has done already.
His mods aren’t always paywalled either, his Starfield DLSS 2 mod, for instance, is completely free and can be picked up on the NexusMods website. He also affirms that subscribers don’t need to pay continuously to have access to his mods. Only when new mods or new versions of mods come out do subscribers need to temporarily re-subscribe to gain access to his latest work.