Built-in help for AMD’s spiffing FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling tech is coming to the Steam Deck for Linux customers. It ought to ship an honest efficiency enhance for customers sticking with SteamOS slightly than Home windows on the a lot anticipated handheld gaming machine. That is no matter whether or not the sport has inbuilt help for FSR or not, as a result of it is now baked into the OS.
Valve’s devlopers have mentioned from the beginning that FSR can be supported on the Steam Deck. “FSR is already out there for some functions that help it. Video games that already embrace FSR will work as is, but additionally FSR help can be included as a part of an OS future launch. As soon as that occurs, video games may doubtlessly make use of FSR even when the video games themselves do not natively help it,” the Steam Deck FAQ notes.
As highlighted by Phronix, Linux customers have now been gifted that OS-integrated help for AMD FSR, due to an replace to Valve’s SteamOS compositor, Gamescope. That is primarily the factor you may run video games by means of on a Linux-based Steam Deck, and it means customers will not be restricted to the 70+ video games that presently help FSR.
Theoretically, Steam Deck customers will be capable to upscale a sport to the machine’s native 1280 x 800 decision, whereas having fun with a lot increased body fee than the projected 30fps for Shadow of the Tomb Raider on highest settings, for instance. We’ll have to attend to get our palms on a Deck once more for testing, nevertheless, earlier than we all know for certain.
There may be the priority that at such a low native decision to begin with, dropping down even decrease to supply the enter res for FSR to then upscale, might find yourself with a lower than ideally suited end result. It is solely comparatively just lately that its rival, Nvidia, has enabled its DLSS characteristic with an output of 1080p, in any case. However FSR may simply be the magic bullet to permit a docked Steam Deck to run a 1080p monitor with out trying fuzzy as a VHS.
After we’ve examined FSR on desktop Home windows-based machines, we have been pleasantly shocked as to the picture high quality and efficiency will increase it manages to ship, and this type of built-in help for units makes the device a lot extra versatile.
Support has been growing for FSR of latest, too, so there will be extra video games coming for these selecting to run Home windows on their Steam Deck. However, native FSR help is simply another reason to stay with SteamOS on the Deck.