Confirmed: AMD FSR 2.0 will be presented at GDC 2022
Next-gen FSR deliver higher image quality than 1.0.
The information in this post is based on official slides, hence we will only report on what is confirmed thus far. AMD is announcing its FSR 2.0 technology on March 17th. This announcement comes 6 days ahead of the official GDC 2022 showcase where next-generation upscaling technology will be discussed.
As it turns out, the tip we received a few days ago about new upscaling tech in Deathloop is actually FSR 2.0. This title specifically is mentioned in the official slides, with a few side-by-side comparisons that we cannot share yet.
Temporal data and anti-aliasing
The FSR 2.0 will offer better image quality in all presents and resolutions, but AMD does not confirm anything about performance benefits. This technology will be based on temporal data, and it will feature optimized anti-aliasing. In this regard, it will be a proper competitor for NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.
No ML cores required but no confirmation on supported GPUs
AMD confirms FSR 2.0 will not require dedicated Machine Learning hardware. However, AMD does not mention which GPUs will be supported. Instead, they confirm it will boost frame rate in supported games across ‘a wide range of products and platforms, both AMD and competitors’. The footnotes attached to this sentence do not confirm support for non-AMD hardware.
So what is confirmed: FSR 2.0 is using temporal data, has built-in antialiasing, and it will offer higher image quality than FSR.
What we can’t confirm yet: open-source code and support for non-AMD hardware. The slides are only a teaser of the GDC 2022 session, so the vast majority of news will be presented on March 23rd, it seems. With Intel XeSS going open-source, one could not imagine locking FSR 2.0 code though.
AMD Radeon Super Resolution on March 17th
Furthermore, AMD confirms it will finally launch RSR on March 17th, this is the official date for the new driver to launch. The RSR is basically FSR but working on a driver-level for all games. There are two things to consider though, it only works on Radeon RX 5000+ GPUs, and it will offer lower quality than FSR because the algorithm upscales the whole frame (including user interface and menus).