As graphics cards continue to get more advanced, the companies behind them continue to deploy new technologies that allow consumers to get as much of the digital beauty as possible. One new method of doing so is through advanced upscaling technology. Nvidia showed off its DLSS tech a while back. It works to make games look better by using AI to artificially boost a game’s output resolution higher than what’s rendered by the GPU, increasing performance and sometimes even a crisper image. As we learned today, AMD, aka Team Red, will soon release its own take on the tech with its FidelityFX Super Resolution.
Launching in just a matter of weeks, Fidelity Super Resolution will deliver 2.5x more performance in “select titles” using the dedicated performance mode. Speaking of different modes, AMD confirmed that there will be three more in addition to the performance mode: ultra quality, quality, and balanced. The names are pretty self-explanatory, similar to that of in-game graphic presets. AMD users who rock either a laptop or desktop GPU can make use of the new FidelityFX functionality, so nobody will be left out. The gate of entry will also be accessible to those over on Team Green.
Interestingly, AMD itself went ahead and confirmed that Nvidia’s cards will also make use of the FidelityFX technology. If you’re not a fan of Nvidia’s offering or there’s a game that supports one over the other, it appears that you will have the option to jump from one to the other. FSR will be supported by over 100 CPUs and GPUs. The technology is still something that game developers will have to integrate into their titles on a game-by-game basis, however. For instance, Microsoft Flight Simulator, a notoriously demanding title, does not even support Nvidia’s DLSS technology, let alone FSR. Though upscaling methods would certainly help some players run it better.
More power to the players
As stated before, you’ll be able to get your hands on AMD’s FidelityFX very soon. On June 22, right after E3 2021 wraps up, it will be available to consumers. The first supported games will also arrive this month, with more joining into the fray as the year proceeds. A definitive list of supported games has not yet been released, but expect that to come when Fidelity Super Resolution is rolled out.