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Nvidia’s AI-powered upscaling makes older games look better without a huge hit to performance

Nvidia latest game ready driver includes a tool that could allow you to improve the image quality of games that your graphics card can easily run, as well as optimizations for the new PC port of God of War. The Verge reports: The technology is called Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution, or DLDSR, and Nvidia says you can use it to make “most games” look sharper by running them at a higher resolution than your monitor supports. DLDSR relies on Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution technology, which has been around for years. Essentially, the old normal DSR renders a game at a higher resolution than your monitor can handle, then scales it down to your monitor’s native resolution. This leads to an image with better sharpness but usually comes with a performance hit (you’re asking your GPU to do more work, after all). So, for example, if you had a graphics card capable of running a game in 4K but only had a 1440p monitor, you could use DSR for better clarity.

DLDSR takes the same concept and incorporates an AI that can also help improve the image. According to Nvidia, this means you can boost less (and therefore lose less performance) while still getting similar image quality improvements. In actual numbers, Nvidia claims you’ll get similar image quality at four times the resolution with DSR with only 2.25 times the resolution with DLDSR. Nvidia gives an example using 2017’s Prey: Digital Deluxe running on a 1080p monitor: 4x DSR runs at 108 FPS, while 2.25x DLDSR achieves 143 FPS, just two frames per second slower than native 1080p.

Nvidia’s AI-powered upscaling makes older games look better without a huge hit to performance

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