Microsoft Edge Upscales Web Videos Using AMD and NVIDIA GPU

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Microsoft is testing a video super resolution feature in the Edge Canary browser that upscales and removes artifacts on videos below 720p using both AMD and NVIDIA-powered GPUs. This could help if you’re watching an ancient YouTube video or want to save bandwidth on a capped data plan.

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NVIDIA video card owners already have the video upscaling solutions in Chrome or Edge, but what if you have an AMD board? Microsoft thinks it can help. In Edge Browser, Video Super Resolution upscales and removes artifacts on web videos below 720p using AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. You must have a GeForce RTX 20 series or Radeon RX5700 graphics card to take advantage of this, but it may help you save bandwidth on a capped data plan or watch an old YouTube video.

Now, Microsoft Edge can upscale web videos using AMD and NVIDIA GPU

You must be plugged in when using a laptop, and the video must not employ a PlayReady or Widevine DRM mechanism. Microsoft says you must force Edge to use your dedicated GPU if your laptop has a hybrid graphics system. Hybrid video support is currently automatic.

To work with Microsoft’s DirectX 12 pipeline on Google’s Chrome engine, the technology relies on GPU-agnostic algorithms. The framework can keep the computational load light by compressing the data.

As of now, only a few Edge Canary Smart Home customers can take advantage of Video Super Resolution, but this feature should be accessible to more people soon. In the meantime, don’t sweat if your hardware isn’t initially compatible with the experimental software.

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