ICARUS NVIDIA DLSS & Ray Tracing Game Ready Driver Released

By Andrew Burnes on December 01, 2021 | Featured Stories Drivers

Our latest GeForce Game Ready driver ensures the definitive gaming experience in ICARUS, RocketWerkz’s new survival game that is enhanced with NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination (RTXGI) and NVIDIA DLSS.

Also included is support for the upcoming launch of both Chorus and Halo Infinite.

And finally, we’ve got support for 6 new G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors, and 5 new GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Setting profiles.

To download and install on Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems, simply fire up GeForce Experience and click the "Drivers" tab.

Game Ready For ICARUS, Enhanced With NVIDIA DLSS and Ray Tracing

Icarus is a uniquely session-based survival game for up to eight co-op players or solo, developed by Dean Hall (creator of DayZ) and his New Zealand-based studio RocketWerkz.

Set in the aftermath of a terraforming project gone wrong, players drop down onto the planet Icarus for limited duration drops to complete missions and seek riches. Bringing limited resources with them, prospectors must explore the damaged planet, craft tools and machinery, build shelter, survive storms, hunt wildlife, extract exotic matter and return to their dropship in time - or be left behind forever.

By installing our new Game Ready Driver, you’ll optimize your system and enable support for NVIDIA DLSS’ trademark performance boosts, and NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination (RTXGI). This enhances ICARUS’ environments with realistic lighting from the sun and moon, which naturally bounces from surface to surface. Compared to traditional rasterized techniques, the difference is literally night and day, making RTXGI one of the most important advancements in real-time video game rendering. And as players level trees, erect buildings, and change the environment, lighting is instantly updated to reflect these changes, enabling a once-dark forest floor shielded by the trees’ canopies to now be brightly lit when they’re chopped down.


To support ICARUS’ massive biomes, a new feature called Infinite Scrolling Volumes has been developed. As players move through the environment, lighting is updated in a large volume around the player’s viewpoint, reducing memory requirements and increasing performance. ICARUS is the first published game utilizing this feature, and demonstrates the possibilities of RTXGI for other games.

To learn more about ICARUS, head on over to its Steam page, and stay tuned for our ICARUS launch article.

Game Ready For All The Latest Games

Our latest Game Ready Driver also includes optimizations and enhancements for the many games launching in the next few weeks.

Chorus: Deep Silver’s new sci-fi action-adventure game launches December 3rd on Steam. On PC, it’s enhanced with NVIDIA DLSS, so be sure to play on a GeForce RTX GPU for the definitive Chorus experience.


Halo Infinite: On December 8th, the Halo Infinite campaign launches, following last month’s launch of the multiplayer mode. Download and install our new Game Ready Driver to optimize your gameplay.

Support For Newly Validated G-SYNC Compatible Displays

Our newest Game Ready Driver driver also adds support for 6 new G-SYNC Compatible displays that deliver a baseline Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) experience that makes your gaming smoother and more enjoyable.

ASUS XG27UQR Yes 27" IPS 3840x2160 (4K) 60-144Hz
Dell G2722HS No 27" IPS 1902x1080 (FHD) 48-165Hz
Dell G3223D Yes 32" IPS 2560x 1440 (QHD) 48-165Hz
Dell G2422HS No 24" IPS 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-165Hz
LG 32PG750 Yes 32" IPS 2560x1440 (QHD) 60-165Hz
MSI G273 No 27" IPS 1920x1080 (FHD) 60-165Hz

These newly-validated monitors give gamers even more choice when searching for a great gaming display. For a complete list of all G-SYNC, G-SYNC ULTIMATE, and G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors, check out our handy and frequently updated G-SYNC page, which can be sorted and filtered, helping you quickly find the ideal display.

New Games Supported By GeForce Experience’s Optimal Settings

GeForce Experience’s one-click optimal settings enable you to instantly configure game options for your system’s hardware, giving you smooth, optimized gameplay. Over 1000 titles are supported, and since our last driver release we’ve added support for 5 more:

  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Halo Infinite
  • Inscryption
  • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
  • Crab Game

GeForce Experience also enables you to capture and stream your gameplay, take screenshots, upload videos to social networks, and more. For all the details, head here.

GeForce Game Ready Driver - Download Now

You can download the new GeForce Game Ready 497.09 WHQL driver through GeForce Experience.

If you experience any technical issues with the new Game Ready drivers please post a detailed report on the GeForce.com Driver Feedback Forum, where our Customer Care team can better assist you. And if you’re looking for a full list of fixes in this driver, for previously-reported issues, head here.