Microsoft to Standardize AI Super-resolution for Games and Windows UWP Apps

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2024/02/12 02:56:45 (permalink)
A Windows 11 Insider build for the upcoming "24H2" release of Windows exposes a new graphics setting called "automatic super resolution," or ASR as Microsoft intends to call it. Its caption reads "use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details." The toggle is designed to work not just with games, but also Windows UWP apps. PhantomOfEarth reports that the feature is Microsoft's own super resolution model that's different from DLSS, FSR, or XeSS. It is exposed as a feature on machines with an NPU or AI accelerator compatible with Microsoft's APIs. Apparently, the upscaler component of ASR leverages AI to reconstruct details. Since the caption reads "supported games," ASR may not work universally. It remains to be seen how its image quality compares to that of DLSS, FSR, or XeSS.

Besides games, ASR is being designed to mainly enhance the quality of video captured by webcams for collaboration apps such as Teams, Skype, and Camera—all three of which are UWP apps. Windows 11 23H2 already leverages AI on PCs with NPUs to offer several webcam filters, background manipulation, audio noise filtering, and other enhancements. ASR would attempt to enhance the resolutions. 720p remains the mainstream webcam resolution, with some premium notebooks integrating 1080p.
It will be interesting to see if this really improves apps and games. 

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    Re: Microsoft to Standardize AI Super-resolution for Games and Windows UWP Apps 2024/02/12 10:50:08 (permalink)
    It will also be interesting to see how it impacts game development since they are likely to use the same Automatic Super Resolution on Xbox. It's kind of an easy win for the technology when they tell developers that this is how it's done on Xbox ports but hey do whatever you want on the PC but the same way will work...

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