Monday January 07, 2019

Final Fantasy 7 Textures Upscaled With a Neural Network

An enterprising modder managed to upscale Morrowind's textures with deep learning algorithms last year, and today, PC Gamer spotted a mod that does the same thing in Final Fantasy 7. Like the Morrowind mod, this particular modder is running ESRGAN to upscale the game's textures and backgrounds 400%, with far better results than you'd get with a conventional filter. The mod is still a work in progress, but you can check out some of the shots in the project's thread.

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CaptRobau mentions using Gigapixel to upscale the images, which apparently costs about $100. But the ESRGAN algorithm itself is open source, and a pre-packaged implementation I have installed on my PC right now can run ESGRAN (or any of dozens of other neural net upscalers) on images (or videos) for free. So if you're thinking about upscaling your own images, I'd think twice before paying for Gigapixel's software.