Windows 11 will use AI to improve games automatically


Microsoft seems to have decided to upgrade in a big way. The latest Insider build of Windows 11 24H2 has just surfaced, packed with a new feature: AI-powered auto super resolution technology. While the brief description under the feature suggests that it is made for gaming, it may be more useful outside of gaming. However, there is a big downside – it won’t be as widely available as it seems.

This feature was first discovered by PhantomOcean3 on X (formerly Twitter), and this is a pretty significant finding, considering that Microsoft seems to be hiding this pretty well. To activate it, users must go through the following path: Settings > System > Display > Graphics. While it may not be very intuitive to find, the feature itself turns out to be quite promising.

The so-called “Auto SR” can be activated across the board or only in certain applications. One of the screenshots shared by PhantomOcean3 shows that it is enabled in Microsoft’s Camera app. It’s easy to imagine that using Auto SR in these types of applications would prove more useful than using it for high-end AAA games.

Version 24H2 will have AI "Super Resolution" features, as mentioned in previous reports. Here are some of the settings in Graphics settings – default buttons and per app options. (26052)

— PhantomOcean3 ☃️ (@PhantomOfEarth) February 10, 2024

Upscaling has been a big deal in gaming, but most modern games already feature some type of super-resolution technology, be it Nvidia’s DLSS, AMD’s FSR, or Intel’s XeSS. However, Microsoft’s new solution can help in applications such as media players or browsers, not to mention older games that will likely never receive support for DLSS or FSR.

This new technology requires a GPU with tensor cores, meaning one of Nvidia’s top GPUs from the RTX 20 series or newer. Alternatively, processors with NPU cores can be used, such as the latest Intel Meteor Lake or the upcoming Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake CPUs.

Given that the hardware required to run Microsoft’s Auto SR is quite new, the potential for using it in gaming scenarios is limited. Most people using Auto SR will also have access to, perhaps, better upscaling technology from GPU vendors. However, Auto SR may be useful as a feature that impacts most applications without needing to rely on Nvidia’s RTX Video or AMD’s FSR.

Windows 11 version 24H2 is said to be out later this year. Although many expected this major update to be called Windows 12, Microsoft recently confirmed that we’re getting a patch for Windows 11 and not a completely new operating system. We’ll have to wait and see if Auto SR makes it into the final update.

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