For the past decade or so, upscaling has been quite revolutionary for TVs and monitors. Al helps to enhance and broaden lower-resolution content to present on a much high-resolution screen. And now, the technology has made its way into the gaming segment as industry giants. Such as NVIDIA and AMD came up with their version of AI upscaling, specifically for Games.
NVIDIA has DLSS, and AMD has FSR, both aimed towards boosting up in-game FPS without compromising quality at a much lower resolution. While they are more or less the same, they have some underlying differences. In this article, we will be comparing these two upscaling technologies so you can have a clear picture of which one is comparably better.
DLSS and FSR each had their own list of compatible games on release. Nevertheless, these two are being added to more and more titles as time goes on. Necromunda Hired Gun and Chernobylite are two of the recent games that are compatible with both DLSS and FSR. Both games are first-person shooters and released on all major platforms, including PC, Playstation, and XBOX.
On native 4K, Necromunda runs at about 60 plus FPS without AI upscaling. DLSS has an Ultra Performance mode, and the FPS count shifts dramatically at up to 142 at Epic In-game Settings. In some scenarios, it even crosses 170. Even when upscaled, the details look pretty amazing.
As for FSR’s take on Necromunda, we are looking at 100FPS on FSR Ultra quality which is significantly lower than DLSS.
Taking a Look at Chernobylite, we can get up to 80 FPS on 4K native resolution while AI upscaling is turned off.
FSR Ultra Quality dramatically boosts up the FPS count up to 116 FPS for a more stabilized gameplay experience. This can be further increased up to 179FPS if you decide to run it in performance mode.
In terms of DLSS Performance mode, we are looking at 80 plus frames per second which in some cases can reach up to 100. So, which is less than what FSR can achieve. However, the in-game environment appears slightly better, even in performance mode.
So which AI upscaling is better than the other? It is difficult to answer as the improvements vary depending on the game. There are also the factors of hardware integration, quality to performance ratio, game compatibility, etc. Neither FSR nor DLSS checks all the tick boxes of being the better one.
DLSS does a good job of maintaining the quality of the in-game particles. However, that doesn’t mean that FSR is worse, as it has a completely different take on maintaining texture sharpness and motion blur level.
Either way, we hope to see more improvements on these two as they are a blessing when GPU shortage is driving everyone crazy. Both DLSS and FSR will enable you to play recent games at a reasonable FPS on your older graphics card. So that was all about the DLSS Vs. FSR comparison.