How to Play Games on 4K with a 1080p Monitor with Supersampling

How to Play Games on 4K with a 1080p Monitor with Supersampling. Want to upscale your graphics? Your AMD or Nvidia graphics card can go beyond anti-aliasing with supersampling. Not everyone can afford a 4K monitor for gaming. However, you can play 4K resolution games on your PC even if you have a 1080P monitor. You will not see an option to upscale your games to 4K; that’s why we are here to show you. (Similar post – Affordable gaming monitors for PS5 And Xbox Series X)

Ever wished you could run a game at a higher resolution without splurging on a 4K monitor? If jagged edges are getting you down, a feature called supersampling will let you run your games at 4K or higher—even on a 1080p monitor—for a noticeably sharper image. (Similar post – How to Record Your Screen in 4K)

Can I play 4K games on a 1080p monitor? If jagged edges are getting you down, a feature called supersampling will let you run your games at 4K or higher—even on a 1080p monitor—for a noticeably sharper image.

Can you watch 4K on a 1080p monitor? Whilst the number of pixels within a monitor cannot be changed, and therefore 4K footage when displayed upon a 1080p screen will never quite hold the same sharpness, the 4K video will still appear as higher quality than video captured using 1080p cameras.

How to Play Games on 4K with a 1080p Monitor with Supersampling – If you have a 1080P monitor and want to play the game in 4K, first, make sure your game supports SSAA. Go to the in-game settings and change the SSAA value to 2x to 4x on your 1080P monitor. It also requires a supported GPU and game. In fact, some games sport an option namely “Resolution Scale” from which you can change the values to get the desired resolution on your FullHD monitor.

Enable Dynamic Super Resolution on Nvidia Cards

Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) is a system-wide supersampling feature available from the driver’s Control Panel. Make sure you have a card that supports DSR, and that you have the latest Nvidia drivers installed before continuing. (Similar post: Best Nvidia GeForce Graphics Cards to get today)

Right-click your desktop and open Nvidia Control Panel. Head to the Manage 3D Settings tab, and look for the DSR – Factors option in the list of global settings. Check the boxes for the resolutions you want to support. They’re listed as multiples of your native resolution, so if you have a 1080p monitor and want to render games at 4K, check the 4.00x box. (It doesn’t hurt to just check all the boxes now since it’ll give you more in-game resolution options.)

Once those boxes are checked, look below at the option labeled DSR – Smoothness. By default, this was set to 33% on my system, but you can adjust it to your tastes. I’ve seen many folks say they prefer 10 to 20%. You may have to do some experimentation in-game to find out where your ideal setting lies.

Once you’ve set those options, apply them and close out of the Nvidia Options. Open a game, head to its graphics or display settings, and you should be able to set your resolution higher than your monitor natively supports. When you do so, it’ll scale the image down to fit your screen, with a noticeable improvement in image quality. Try different resolutions, smoothness settings, and combinations of anti-aliasing to get the perfect result for your game of choice.

  1. First, go to the Nvidia control panel. You can access the Nvidia control panel from your system control panel or right-click on the desktop and select the Nvidia control panel.
  2. Once you open the Nvidia control panel click on manage 3D settings.
  3. You will be shown two tabs which are global settings and application settings. In application settings, you can adjust the settings for each specific application. From these, select global settings.
  4. Under the global settings select the option DSR factors.
  5. Change this setting from Off and tick all the checkboxes.
  6. Here you can see many checkboxes with 1.2 x, 2x 4x option. If you are using a 1080 p monitor the 4x stands for 4K. If you are using a 4K monitor then 4x stands for 8k.
  7. Check all the boxes for convenience.
  8. You will also have an option named DSR smoothness. Only adjust this option if required. The optimum is said to be 33% which is the normal value for DSR smoothness.
  9. Click Ok to apply this setting.
  10. Now close the control panel and open the game you wish to play. After opening the game go to the settings section.
  11. In this section choose resolution settings.
  12. Now you can see the 4K resolution listed in this. Select the resolution and apply to super sample your game to 4k.

Enable Virtual Super Resolution on AMD Cards

AMD’s supersampling feature is called Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), and it’s available on a number of graphics cards from 2015 and beyond. If you want to see if your card is supported, check out AMD’s product specifications database. Search for your card and see if Virtual Super Resolution is listed under Supported Technologies. (Similar post: best AMD Graphics Cards in 2022)

To enable the feature on your card, ensure you have AMD’s driver software installed, and open the settings panel by right-clicking your desktop and choosing AMD Radeon Software. Click the Settings cog in the upper-right corner, then head to the Display tab. Select your display and slide the toggle next to Virtual Super Resolution.

  1. Go to the Radeon settings menu on the PC.
  2. Select the display option in it.
  3. If you have a multiple monitor setup, each display will be shown separately. Select the correct display you wish to upscale.
  4. Now click on enable VSR. Now the virtual super-resolution is enabled.
  5. Close the panel and open the required game.
  6. Now if you go to the resolution settings on the game, you will see 4K there.
  7. Select the 4K resolution (3840×2160) and click Ok to apply it.

From there, you should be able to open your game, head to its graphics or display settings, and set your resolution higher than your monitor would normally allow. It will automatically scale the image back down to fit, but you should see an improvement in the image’s fidelity. Experiment with different resolutions and anti-aliasing settings to find the sweet spot, and enjoy!

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