Apart from by way of the newest model of DLSS, NVIDIA is pushing picture high quality instruments and applied sciences even additional at the moment with the discharge of ICAT, a comparability instrument, and with the up to date NVIDIA Picture Scaling upscaling expertise.
Let’s begin with the latter. Picture Scaling initially launched a few years in the past as an possibility obtainable by way of each the Management Panel and the GeForce Expertise software program. Nonetheless, at the moment’s new Recreation Prepared driver (version 496.76, optimized for Battlefield 2042) features a vital enchancment to the spatial upscaling algorithm, which now makes use of a 6-tap filter with 4 directional scaling and adaptive sharpening filters to spice up efficiency. In line with NVIDIA, it sharpens and upscales in a single move, making it ‘very environment friendly’ in comparison with current algorithms (little doubt a jab to AMD’s FSR).
Make no mistake: in its presentation, NVIDIA made it exceedingly clear that it believes DLSS to be superior to any spatial upscaling technique with regards to each high quality and efficiency. That stated, it additionally reckons Picture Scaling is best than FSR, as they demonstrated with the next comparisons taken from Resident Evil Village and Godfall (two video games optimized for AMD).
And here is a comparability of Necromunda: Employed Gun that includes FSR, Picture Scaling, and DLSS.
You possibly can decide to allow NVIDIA Picture Scaling through the Management Panel or through GeForce Expertise. Both approach, you will have the choice to tweak the sharpening energy at any time whereas working video games by merely urgent Alt+F3 (with GeForce Expertise working) and utilizing the slider.
It’s even potential to combinate DLSS and the sharpening portion of Picture Scaling in the identical recreation. You possibly can affirm that Picture Scaling is barely sharpening quite than upscaling (which might be dealt with by DLSS on this instance) by activating the Overlay Indicator checkbox within the Picture Scaling possibility field in Handle 3D Settings of the NVIDIA Management Panel. If the textual content is in inexperienced, then each sharpening and upscaling are enabled, whereas blue textual content confirms solely sharpening is being completed.
An NVIDIA Picture Scaling SDK is obtainable at the moment as nicely by way of GitHub. It is open supply by way of the MIT license and has cross-platform GPU help, which means you should use it on AMD’s graphics playing cards, identical to FSR can be utilized on NVIDIA’s graphics playing cards.
Whereas customers can allow the function by way of the Management Panel or GFE as we have simply outlined, NVIDIA clearly desires builders to combine it immediately into video games the place potential. There is not any supported video games checklist but, however the next quote from NARAKA: BLADEPOINT producer Ray Kuan suggests we’ll see it quickly within the melee Battle Royale recreation.
NVIDIA Picture Scaling is a superb praise to a DLSS integration, offering us with a strong upscaling possibility for the remainder of our customers.
There may be one downside to this spatial upscaling tech; it would not play nicely with software-based video seize strategies like NVIDIA’s personal ShadowPlay. On this case, the video will likely be recorded on the pre-upscaled decision, so you must use a devoted seize card as an alternative whereas NVIDIA readies driver-level help for this.
NVIDIA desires to assist customers navigate by way of all of those upscaling applied sciences (DLSS, FSR, Picture Scaling, and so forth.) with the aforementioned ICAT, or Picture Comparability & Evaluation Instrument. Free to obtain beginning at the moment, ICAT allows you to simply examine as much as 4 screenshots or movies, checking them with both break up display mode (slider) or side-by-side mode. You possibly can align them spatially and temporally and use superior options similar to trimming, panning and zooming into particular areas, creating loops and adjusting video playback pace.
Supported file sorts embrace JPEG, PNG, BMP, and WEBP for pictures, whereas video information need to be within the MP4 or WEBM codecs. Lastly, it is suggested that customers examine footage of built-in recreation benchmarks since that is the easiest way to make sure video alignment and ‘pixel-perfect comparability’.
NVIDIA shared a handful of screenshot comparisons taken with ICAT in Chernobylite and Necromunda: Employed Gun, two of the video games that already help each DLSS and FSR. DLSS Efficiency Mode is put in opposition to FSR Extremely High quality Mode at 1440p decision.