Almost 15,000 textures in Fallout: New Vegas get a facelift thanks to A.I.

Using several pieces of A.I-based upscaling software, a modder has upscaled about 15,000 textures used in Fallout: New Vegas. The textures have a 4x upscale (2x horizontal, 2x vertical), giving New Vegas a sharper, cleaner look. This isn't the first instance of a mod team using A.I to upscale textures; Final Fantasy VII received an upscale mod earlier this year.
Sam Medley,

Artificial Intelligence is redefining the technology world and presenting new methods for tackling difficult problems in finance, science, and business. Apparently, older video games are also getting some love from A.I. A new texture pack for Fallout: New Vegas released this week used several imaging systems with A.I to upscale about 15,000 textures.

Released by modder DcCharge, the texture pack used software like A.I. GigaPixel, Waifu2x, GIMP 2, ImageMagick, and others to increase the quality of 13,000 textures from the base New Vegas game and 2,000 textures from all DLC released for the title.

Despite the massive scope of the texture pack, DcCharge was unable to upscale textures for billboards, the user interface, and all level-of-detail textures. DcCharge has said he may look into upscaling these files at a later date.

This isn’t the only retro game in recent history that’s received a massive graphical facelift with the help of A.I. Final Fantasy VII received a mod that increased the resolution of its pre-rendered backgrounds earlier this year by using the A.I. GigaPixel software. The upscale for Final Fantasy VII was once thought untenable, as the original texture files were lost by Square Enix shortly after the game's release. Thanks to A.I., older games are getting fresh coats of paint while fans wait for official remakes.

You can download the texture pack here.


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Sam Medley, 2019-04-24 (Update: 2019-04-24)
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.