In February, chrome and Edge will support Video Super Resolution for RTX 40 and 30 series GPUs.
The AI upscaling technology of Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards is typically utilized to increase the image quality and performance of video games. However, the business expects to add AI-assisted upscaling to web videos for Ampere and Ada Lovelace graphics card customers next month.
Beginning in February, PCs with RTX 40 series or 30 series GPUs will upscale 1080p movies to 4K in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. It is unclear why it will not function on GPUs from the RTX 20 series, which offers DLSS functionality equivalent to the 30 series.
The company did not explain why these restrictions are in place, but the technology is likely in its infancy and might be improved. Hopefully, Nvidia will quickly add the feature to Firefox.
Nvidia revealed a short movie exhibiting RTX Video Super Resolution as part of their “Nvidia Studio” announcements at CES 2023. The animation contrasts 1080p Apex Legends gameplay footage with 4K footage. A close-up image reveals that the upscale technique eliminates jagged aberrations on both nearby and distant items.
It is unknown how Video Super Resolution will handle fast-moving footage or shot transitions based on the demonstration’s lack of movement and slow-moving motion. Nvidia only demonstrated a 1080p-to-4K resolution upgrade.
Using its quality, performance, and ultra-performance modes, the company’s well-known DLSS function upscales games from and to various resolutions. Prioritizing 1080p upscaling makes it reasonable, given it is likely the most used web video resolution. Hopefully, Nvidia will ultimately attempt to implement 720p upscaling. Although the results may not appear as beautiful, there is sufficient 720p stuff on the web to justify testing.
The Apex Legends demo suggests that Nvidia principally anticipates that viewers will utilize Video Super Resolution to view 1080p gaming streams in 4K. However, according to the business, the feature works on all videos. The video depicts a YouTube browser window, however, Video Super Resolution may also function on other websites.
Every significant streaming service besides Netflix and YouTube restricts PC users to 1080p, so if Nvidia’s new functionality works on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, it could be an effective workaround. The company did not say whether customers would eventually be able to apply Video Super Resolution to computer-stored videos.