AMD’s FSR 3 Upscaling Technology to Debut Tomorrow
After much anticipation, AMD’s FSR 3 (FidelityFX Super Resolution) upscaling technology is finally set to make its debut tomorrow. The announcement came from Frank Azor, AMD’s chief architect of gaming solutions and marketing, via his Twitter account. FSR 3 was initially announced back in November 2022, and gamers have been eagerly waiting for its release ever since.
Although the specific games that will support FSR 3 have not been revealed, it is expected that Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum will be among the first to utilize this technology. These two games are prominently featured on AMD’s website, but it is assured that more games with FSR 3 support are currently in development.
FSR 3 introduces what AMD calls Fluid Motion Frames, which can be seen as AMD’s alternative to Nvidia’s DLSS 3 technology. By employing a combination of super resolution temporal upscaling and frame generation, FSR 3 can deliver significant performance improvements in games that support it.
For a comprehensive explanation of FSR 3, PC Gamer has a detailed overview by Jeremy, which is highly recommended for those seeking a deeper understanding of the technology.
According to AMD, FSR 3 has been optimized to work effectively across a wide range of products. In pre-release demonstrations, FSR 3 was shown to provide substantial frame rate increases when set to the highest ray traced settings. As an example, Forspoken running on a Radeon RX 7900 XTX achieved an average of 53 FPS without FSR 3. However, when FSR 3’s performance mode with frame generation was enabled, the frame rate jumped to an impressive 175 FPS.
In addition to the performance gains, FSR 3 also introduces a new AA (anti-aliasing) mode called ‘Native AA.’ This mode applies FSR 3 AA and sharpening without any upscaling, resulting in superior image quality with only a minimal impact on performance. When frame generation is enabled alongside Native AA, users can enjoy the benefits of both features.
Alongside Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum, several other games are also set to receive FSR 3 support, including popular titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Space Marine 2, and Crimson Desert.
One significant advantage of FSR 3 is that it is an open technology and does not rely on machine learning capabilities. This means that it can be utilized with hardware from other vendors as well. AMD confirms that the Radeon RX 5700 series and newer, as well as Nvidia RTX 20 series and newer, will support upscaling and frame generation. Support for upscaling alone extends to the RX 590 series and above, as well as the GTX 10 series and above. At this time, support for Intel Xe has not been mentioned.
PC Gamer is excited to put FSR 3 to the test in the near future. While the initial performance gains look promising, a thorough evaluation of image quality will also be necessary. Overall, FSR 3 has the potential to offer gamers a significant boost in performance and image quality without the need for costly hardware upgrades.