Intel is working on its own image scaling technology for Chromium-based browsers. We’re talking about an analogue of the RTX Super Resolution that NVIDIA recently released. According to the VideoCardz portal, Intel engineers previously hinted at the existence of such technology. However, until now it was not known how this function should be implemented.
As enthusiasts found out, Intel Scaling Technology in Chrome Browser is already partially supported on certain Intel graphics cards. However, there is still no talk of official support. The support must be activated manually: the appropriate command must be entered in the Chrome browser startup options.
Intel Scaling Technology is reported to be supported on the integrated graphics of 10th Gen Intel Core processors and above. It also works with Arc series discrete graphics cards. The result of the technology depends on the hardware capabilities of the graphics subsystem. It also requires a Chrome browser no older than version 109. The browser must have hardware graphics acceleration enabled. To enable the image scaling feature in Chrome, you need to register the following launch command in its shortcut:
VideoCardz reports that the feature did not work on the integrated graphics of their Intel Tiger Lake processor. However, some users of the Twitch platform and the social network Bilibili note that they have been able to activate it on these chips. Below are examples:
As you can see, the scaling result depends on the performance of the GPU. At the same time, using VSR leads to some increase in power consumption by the graphics subsystem. It is important to reiterate that Intel does not officially support VSR technology. Moreover, the company has not yet officially confirmed its intention to release such a technology.