Qualcomm has just announced Game Super Resolution, a brand new upscaling technology that aims to bring DLSS or FSR-like functionality to Android gaming. Our question is: what took you so long?
For those unaware of DLSS or FSR, these are technologies that provide performance improvements to a wide variety of PC and console games.
Without going too deep into it, they effectively upscale a lower resolution at a much lower performance cost than running it natively. This allows you to run games you otherwise wouldn’t, with much lower power consumption.
Super Resolution is FSR 1.0 but Better
Super Resolution aims to do exactly that, in a similar manner to FSR 1.0. In fact, it’s functionally identical to FSR 1.0, but Qualcomm claims that it’s faster. It makes a single render pass, while FSR makes two.
But what does this all mean for Android? Well, it could mean a variety of things. Perhaps games that previously wouldn’t have run on mobile could make the leap, or lower end phones can suddenly run more titles.
It could also have a more immediate impact on your existing games. By utilising GSR (Qualcomm’s abbreviation of Game Super Resolution), you can halve the resolution while increasing the frame-rate and battery life.
Turn it up to 11
There’s also scope for utilising this technology to turn up the settings, allowing your games to look far better than before. The best part is that it gives you more options to run games in a way that works for you, much like a PC gamer already enjoys.
GSR isn’t currently available in any mobile games, but it is going to be available at launch for a number of titles. These include Call of Duty: Warzone, Naraka Mobile, Jade Dynasty: New Fantasy, and Return to Empire.
It also doesn’t actually require a Snapdragon processor to function, though Qualcomm does state that it runs better on those. That could suggest iOS could take advantage of the feature, even if it runs better on Android.
You can learn way more about the feature on the official Qualcomm site. In the meantime, let us know in the comments what excites you about it the most.