You’ll be able to view low-res videos in HD on Edge

A direct competitor to Nvidia’s RTX Super Resolution?

by Rafly Gilang

Rafly Gilang

Rafly is a journalist with growing experience, ranging from technology, business, social, and culture. A holder of the Romanian government scholarship, his writing has been published in several… read more

  • Microsoft continues to improve its often-overlooked Bing browser.
  • Half of Canary channel insiders are able to view low-res videos in higher definition.
  • If not, you can also toggle it by accessing a certain command.

Do you often use Microsoft’s built-in Edge browser? If so, you’re in for a treat.

Not too long after rolling out Bing AI chatbot for mobile users, the tech giant unveiled an AI-powered upscaling feature called VSR (Video Super Resolution). It allows users to view low-res visuals at 480p or below thanks to its machine-learning technology. Now, the feature is being rolled out to select devices on the Canary channel for insiders.

We are excited to introduce an experimental video enhancement experience, powered by AI technology from Microsoft research called Video Super Resolution. It is a technology that uses machine learning to enhance the quality of any video watched in a browser.

A straight competitor to Nvidia’s RTX Super Resolution feature, VSR works on both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. It functions on RTX 20/30/40 series and/or AMD RX5700-RX7800 series GPUs as long as the device is connected to the power & the video’s height and width exceeds 192 px and is not protected by DRM.

While the feature is only rolling out for 50% of Canary channel insiders, you can still toggle it on by entering the command edge://flags/#edge-video-super-resolution.

It accomplishes this by removing blocky compression artifacts and upscaling video resolution so you can enjoy crisp and clear videos on YouTube, and other streaming platforms that play video content without sacrificing bandwidth no matter the original video resolution.

How good is Edge’s VSR feature?

However, VSR still comes at a price. It limits to sub-HD resolutions and still has a long way to go to compete with Nvidia RTX’s limitless Super Resolution that could shoot a video up to 4K. Plus, being an insider-only feature, it may take a longer time for the general public to profit from the feature.

Nonetheless, it’s one step closer to the right direction. It’s safe to say that we may see this enhancing feature rolling out for good in several months.

Are you excited about this feature? Let us know in the comments.

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