In a very sudden move, Nvidia has revealed that its upcoming Game Ready driver will include Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution (DLDSR) resolution scaling tech. It seems to be a direct response to AMD’s own Radeon Super Resolution tech, even though the inner workings of each technology vary significantly compared to the similar results.
This news comes from out of nowhere, but it is interesting to see nonetheless. Nvidia’s DLSS has made some big advancements over the years, and it’s nice to see Team Green take algorithmic resolution scaling one step further. DLAA was another step in this direction, but that doesn’t scale the resolution; it just cleans up visual artifacts and improves the sharpness of objects in images. DLDSR does something a little more complex by downscaling the image from a higher resolution to one that matches your monitor, which is useful for increasing the quality of the image.
DLDSR isn’t a very catchy name, is it?
Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution is a long name, especially in comparison to AMD’s naming schemes with FSR and RSR. Packaged in with the latest Game Ready driver, DLDSR is an AI-powered version of DSR. It performs much in the same way, while improving performance thanks to its use of deep learning algorithms. The way this works is that DLDSR is able to render a game at a lower resolution than traditional DSR while obtaining a similar result.
A visual representation of this effect can be seen with an example of Prey, performed by Nvidia. According to Nvidia’s results, you can use this feature to render a similar quality image at 1620p instead of 4K, netting more frames for smoother gameplay.
This updated feature is, of course, exclusive to Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards. It’s essentially a more performance-friendly version of DSR, which should be good news to everyone who wants as many frames as possible. To use it, you simply need to navigate to the Nvidia control panel and switch it on there. From there, you can tinker around with the amount of DLDSR you want, with 1.75x and 2.25x options available.
The release of the new driver coincides with the announcement of Nvidia’s new RTX 3080 12 GB graphics card earlier today. Nvidia’s DLDSR downscaling tech will be packaged in with the next Game Ready driver update on January 14. More information on how well this technology works and how it will improve gaming performance will have to wait until it’s fully released.