What you need to know
- AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution is available starting today.
- The feature boosts frame rates and resolution of games with spatial upscaling.
- FidelityFX Super Resolution is only available for a handful of games to start but will be supported by more titles soon.
- The feature works with over 100 AMD GPUs as well as Pascal-based GTX 10-series hardware from NVIDIA.
AMD launched FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) today. It's AMD's answer to NVIDIA's DLSS and promises better frame rates and resolution for gaming. AMD teased and previewed FSR for months, and now it's finally available to boost the performance of the best graphics cards.
AMD promises that FSR will deliver up to 2.4 times higher performance at 4K for supported titles. There are four different quality settings in FSR, which focus on either frame rate or resolution.
While FSR is AMD's response to DLSS, the two technologies work differently. Our piece on AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution vs. NVIDIA DLSS goes into more depth, but in short, the technologies use different methods to try to achieve similar results. DLSS uses AI and neural networks to improve gaming resolution and frame rates, while FSR uses advanced spatial upscaling algorithms.
A major benefit of FSR is that it works with a large library of GPUs. Unlike NVIDIA's DLSS, which is restricted to a small subset of hardware, FSR works with over 100 AMD GPUs, including its Radeon RX 6000, RX 5000, RX 500, RX Vega, and even some RX 400 GPUs. It even works with Pascal-based GTX 10-series hardware from NVIDIA.
At launch, FSR is only available on the following titles; Anno 1800, Evil Genius 2, Godfall, Kingshunt, 22 Racing Series, Terminator: Resistance and The Riftbreaker. That list should grow throughout the year. AMD highlights that more than 40 developers plan to support and integrate FSR into titles.
Since FSR is so new, it will have to go through intensive testing to see how it stacks up to DLSS. We'll have to get our hands on a rig running FSR to see which method works better. If it delivers on its promise, FSR will be a major boost to PC gaming.