Google Chrome 110: Browser supports Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution


What works with DLSS in games is also possible with videos. At CES 2023, Nvidia announced the availability of RTX VSR (“Video Super Resolution”) and announced general availability for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge later in February. Chrome 110 Beta is now supported for the first time.

Nvidia RTX VSR is Nvidia DLSS for videos

Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution is the video equivalent of Nvidia DLSS and is capable of upscaling footage with an output quality of 360p to 1440p up to 4K/UDH using AI upsampling. The GPU technology should also support higher refresh rates of up to 144 Hz. Nvidia has been using a similar technique for the Nvidia Shield for a long time.

Initially only on Ada Lovelace and Turing

Initially, Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution will only be supported on the graphics cards of the two latest series GeForce RTX 4000 (“Nvidia Ada Lovelace”) and GeForce RTX 3000 (“Nvidia Ampere”), the GPUs of the GeForce RTX 2000 series (“Nvidia Turing”) are to follow accordingly a little later.

Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution

  • AI upsampling to up to 4K/UHD
  • Support for Videos from 360p to 1440p
  • Support for 24, 30, 60, 120 and 144 Hz
  • Support for all video platforms
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 & 3000
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2000*

*) GeForce RTX 2000 will be supported later.

The compatible graphics cards calculate the source material using Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution and output it directly via a browser that is also compatible.

According to Nvidia, the technology works with any video and completely independent of the platform used.

A sample video demonstrates the technology with a short gameplay sequence from Apex Legends recorded in 1080p over recorded using the H.264 compression standard at a bit rate of 8 Mbps and scaled to 2160p.

VSR for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge

Nvidia RTX Video Super Resolution is only supported by the two Chromium browsers Chrome and Edge, other browsers such as Firefox are left out, at least for the time being. The first is the beta version of Google Chrome 110. The final release of the browser is scheduled for February 7th.

Nvidia must supply graphics drivers

To use VSR in Chromium browsers However, Nvidia still has to deliver a compatible graphics driver, which is expected by the end of February according to VideoCardz. An entry in the Chrome 110 Beta change log also indicates that the feature must be activated manually via the Nvidia Control Panel.

Chrome 110 Beta – Change Log (Image: Google)