What is Virtual Super Resolution?

Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) is a technology that creates high-resolution video frames from a lower resolution. In simpler terms, VSR is the reason gamers enjoy their video games. 

However, to understand what Virtual Super Resolution is all about, we must first grasp the concept of Anti-Aliasing. This article teaches everything you need to know about Virtual Super Resolution and its operation.

Virtual Super Resolution Overview

Computer monitors, software, and games comprise pixels, and as a result, games can become fragmented and broken, which is where Anti-Aliasing comes in to solve the issue.

Virtual Super Resolution works just like Anti-Aliasing but in a keystroke method.

The principal aim of VSR is to protect motion consistency and restore fine details while saving coarse ones despite single image super-resolution (SISR). A user can combine VSR with other in-game anti-aliasing to customize game graphics.

VSR enables games to render up to 4K at higher resolutions before rescaling them to a lower native display resolution. Hence, while playing your favorite games on a 1080p monitor, you may receive a quality that matches 4K.

One of the most exciting elements of this technology is that the performance is identical to that of a standard 4K display. Almost nothing is lost in the image’s scaling because you get excellent visual quality on a 1080p monitor while maintaining the same FPS as a typical 4K panel.

It’s excellent news for those who deal with several video problems, including image compression, in multiple areas where they work with video.

Should you turn on VSR?

VSR is a technology that helps you enjoy your video games better, playing the game at a higher resolution; however, it comes with a hit to your laptop’s performance.

The decision to turn VSR on is on you. If you think your PC can handle the increase in processed pixels and have a suitable graphics card, enable VSR and observe how it improves your performance.

Is Virtual Super Resolution Good?

Yes, depending on your PC and what you’re playing. AMD Virtual Super Resolution is mainly designed for low-resolution displays. If you use a high-resolution display, you don’t need to enable VSR. Using VSR will increase resolution and improve the picture quality, reducing the frame rate and affecting gaming performance.

How to Use Virtual Super Resolution

So many things can lower video resolution, such as optical degradation and camera sensor size limitations. Also, the video can become noisier because of poor lighting and weather. Object and camera motion can also lower the video quality.

Using Video Super-Resolution aids the restoration of the original video and aids in object detection, face, and character identification. With the emergence of high-definition computer monitors and televisions, interest in Virtual Super Resolution is developing. You can find Super-Resolution videos in modern smartphones and cameras, which recreate digital photos.

Here is a list of other ways that people use the VSR:

1. Video surveillance: increase the camera’s quality of footage and distinguish vehicle numbers and faces.

2. Imaging in medicine: to better understand some organs or tissues to do clinical analysis and medical intervention.

3. Forensic science: to help investigate criminal cases.

4. Astronomy: to increase the video quality of stars and planets.

5. Remote sensing: to make observing an object easier.

6. Microscopy: to improve the capabilities of microscopes.

How to Enable Virtual Super Resolution Settings

AMD GPU determines VSR modes and the aspect ratio of the connected display as AMD GPUs only support some VSR modes.

For instance, series graphics such as Radeon Pro Duo, Radeon R9 Fury Series, and Radeon R9 Nano support 4K resolutions. 5K resolutions are supported on Radeon RX 400 Series and subsequent series graphics.

Radeon Settings on Windows-based PCs allow activating VSR; however, update your graphics driver to the most recent version to ensure compatibility. 

To enable VSR in Radeon Settings, follow these steps:

  • You can open Radeon Settings by right-clicking the Desktop and selecting AMD Radeon Settings.
  • Go to the Display tab and click it.
  • Toggle on Virtual Super Resolution by clicking the tile. When Virtual Super Resolution is turned on or off, the display may blank for a few seconds.
  • To exit, close Radeon Settings.

How to Use Supported VSR Mode in Games

Once VSR is enabled, you can use the in-game graphics/video options menu to select a supported VSR mode for a specific game.

The following are general instructions for using a supported VSR mode in games:

1. Open the graphics/video menu in the desired game. Please refer to the game handbook for information on accessing the graphics/video menu if necessary.

2. Select the resolution option to see a list of the game’s supported resolutions.

3. VSR modes are higher resolutions than the display’s native resolution. 

Note: If the resolution options only include those equal to or lower than the native resolution supported by your display, the game is limited since it cannot render at higher resolutions and does not support VSR modes.

4. Choose the desired VSR mode and save or apply the changes. 

The game should now be up and running in the selected VSR mode. You can also configure Windows Desktop using VSR to use the VSR benefits on a Windows computer.

Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose “Screen Resolution” from the pop-up menu. When VSR is enabled, you will see other resolutions listed. 

Note: When using VSR on Windows Desktop, text may appear blurry.

Does VSR affect performance?

Enabling Virtual Super Resolution on your laptop negatively affects its performance because you will process more pixels.

You will see some performance degradation because the VSR technology forces you to play the game at a higher resolution.

To measure this:

  1. Run a game, preferably one you frequently play, with the VSR turned off and the game set to native resolution, and record your average FPS.
  2. Switch it on and play the same game at 4K resolution.
  3. Compare and contrast the two.

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