AMD’s FSR Confirmed Coming to Xbox Series S/X
AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (or FSR for short) is shaping to be quite a big deal, and now we have official confirmation that it’ll be coming to Xbox Series S/X consoles as well, making it all the more enticing! Whether it’ll truly deliver, however, still remains to be seen, but there’s definitely a reason for optimism.
Competing against NVIDIA’s mind-blowing DLSS would’ve been nigh impossible, and AMD knew it too. Instead, they’ve opted to make FSR open source which means it’ll support a myriad of different hardware — including NVIDIA graphics cards, believe it or not. And, naturally, seeing how current-gen consoles (i.e. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X) both have nearly the exact same architecture as full-fledged gaming PCs, that means they’ll support FSR as well— once they receive an appropriate OS update, of course.
Now, we still don’t have any official confirmation regarding the PS5 and whether or not it’ll support AMD’s brand-new super sampling technology, but Microsoft seems to be all-aboard the hype train. “At Xbox, we’re excited by the potential of AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution technology as another great method for developers to increase frame rates and resolution,” a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN.
FSR is set to release on June 22, so we’ll have a much better understanding of just how potent it really is, at least at this early stage of its existence. Over ten game studios have already decided to update their titles for FSR in 2021, and with over 100 GPUs and CPUs supported, it’s fair to say that FSR will be adopted a lot faster than DLSS. Moreover, the four distinct quality settings will allow players to fine tune their graphics and strike the perfect balance between impressive visual fidelity and smooth frame rates.
AMD — Pushing the Boundaries
Kudos to AMD for competing with both NVIDIA and Intel on even footing. They’ve been creating cutting-edge tech across vastly different segments of the market and have traded blows with both of their perennial adversaries despite facing some fairly grim odds. Their Ryzen processors are currently amongst the very best on the market — for both desktop and mobile computing — and their graphics cards, while not as alluring as those from NVIDIA, offer a lot more value for the asking price.
All in all, “Team Red” has done incredibly well over the last couple of years and has truly pushed Intel and NVIDIA to their absolute limits, creating a more competitive market and lowering prices in the process. They’re not doing so because of any inherent benevolent urge, but we’re all the beneficiaries regardless of their motives, so we’re not complaining!