Valve’s Steam Deck now comes with AMD FSR upgrade as standard for any game
Integrated support for AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology is coming to the Steam platform for Linux users. It should provide a nice performance boost for those sticking with SteamOS instead of Windows on their highly anticipated handheld gaming device. It doesn’t matter if the game has built-in support for FSR, as it’s now baked into the OS.
Valve’s developers have said from the start that the Steam platform will support FSR. “FSR is already available for some applications that support it. Games that already include FSR will run as-is, but FSR support will be included as part of a future version of the OS. Once that happens, games may use FSR, Even if the game itself doesn’t support it,” the Steam Deck FAQ states.
As highlighted by Phronix, Linux users now have OS-integrated support for AMD FSR thanks to an update to Valve’s SteamOS synth Gamescope. This is essentially how you’ll run your games on the Linux-based Steam platform, which means users won’t be limited to the 70+ games that currently support FSR.
In theory, Steam Deck users will be able to upscale the game to the device’s native 1280 x 800 resolution, while enjoying higher frame rates than the 30fps projected for Shadow of the Tomb Raider at its highest settings. However, we’ll have to wait to get the deck again for testing before we can be sure.
There is concern that starting with such a low native resolution, downscaling even lower to provide the input resolution for FSR, and then upscaling might end up with less-than-ideal results. After all, its competitor Nvidia only recently enabled DLSS for 1080p output. But FSR might just be the panacea for getting a docked Steam deck to run a 1080p monitor without the fuzziness of VHS.
When we tested FSR on a Windows-based desktop computer, we were pleasantly surprised by the image quality and performance gains it managed to deliver, and this integrated support for devices made the tool even more versatile.
Support for FSR has also grown recently, so there is will More games for those who choose to run Windows on the Steam platform. However, native FSR support is just one more reason to stick with SteamOS on the Deck.
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