What Is Virtual Super Resolution and How Does It Work?

Article Number: GPU-613
AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) feature is designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions (up to 4K) and then displaying that content at a lower resolution supported by the available monitor.
When this feature is enabled, Virtual Super Resolutions beyond the native resolution of the display device will be available in a wide variety of games and applications, including the Windows® desktop. Effectively, VSR provides a Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) feature for the games and applications that do not natively support that functionality.
 
The real benefit of VSR occurs while playing your games and applications. Comparing ‘before and after’ screenshots is one way to understand and illustrate the benefits. Zooming in on specific areas of the images can bring those benefits into focus.

 

In addition to the quality benefits associated with rendering at a higher resolution, VSR can improve the user experience by providing a wider or more complete view. This aspect of the feature can be beneficial in real-time strategy or world-building games, for example, where seeing more of the world can give the user an edge.

VSR works independent of the game engine. As long as the game title can support the higher resolutions enabled by VSR, this feature should work.

Product Support for VSR:

AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2AMD Radeon™ HD 7790 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 SeriesDesktop A-Series 7400K APUs and above


Supported Modes:

Target Display TimingSupported VSR Modes
1366 X 768 @ 60Hz1600 X 900
1920 X 1080
1600 X 900 @ 60Hz1920 X 1080
1920 X 1080 @ 60Hz2560 X 1440
3200 X 1800
3840 X 2160 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
1920 X 1200 @ 60Hz2048 X 1536
2560 X 1600
3840 X 2400 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
2560 X 1440 @ 60Hz3200 X 1800

How to Enable Virtual Super Resolution

Enabling VSR using AMD Radeon Settings

  • Right click on the Desktop and choose AMD Radeon Settings
  • Click Display
  • Switch on Virtual Super Resolution

Launch a game and go into the Video/Graphics menu and you will now be able to select a HIGHER resolution than your display's native resolution. (please refer to the supported modes table for supported VSR resolutions)​

Enablling VSR using AMD Catalyst™ Control Center

  • Open AMD Catalyst™ Control Center
  • Use the Preferences to switch to Advanced Mode, if it's not already running
  • Open the 'My Digital Flat Panels' page
  • Place a checkmark in the 'Enable virtual super resolution' checkbox and click Apply

Below is a screen capture of the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center showing the settings tab to enable VSR.



Launch a game and go into the Video/Graphics menu and you will now be able to select a HIGHER resolution than your display's native resolution. (please refer to the supported modes table for supported VSR resolutions)

The Windows® desktop can also be configured in a similar way, if the VSR benefits are desired for applications that run on the desktop or in a window. Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose 'Screen resolution' from the pop-up menu. When VSR is enabled, you will see additional resolutions in the list. Please note that when using VSR on Windows® desktop, text may appear blurry.

 
 


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