Microsoft appears to be working on an AI graphics scaling system for Windows 11. Twitter User PhantomOcean3 (via The Verge) discovered the feature in testing builds of Windows 11 this weekend. Microsoft describes automatic super-resolution as using “AI to make supported games smoother with enhanced detail.”
Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology works in a similar way, using AI to increase frame rates, improve gaming resolutions, and improve image quality. AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and Intel’s Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) variants also work similarly. The technology is therefore being developed on several fronts, even if Nvidia had a head start. We were blown away by the impact of DLSS 3.0 when we first tested it last year.
Why would Windows 11 graphics scaling matter?
With super sampling versions available from all three PC GPU manufacturers, why would you even bother with a Microsoft version? Windows 11 is already a pretty large operating system.
We’re not entirely sure of the details as Microsoft has yet to officially announce its super resolution feature. So it may not require any specific hardware, which could be one of the advantages of having native Windows functionality as opposed to Nvidia, AMD or Intel variants which require specific GPU architecture. So, the Windows feature can allow users to benefit from super resolution upscaling without the need to purchase a new GPU.
Additionally, Windows 11 test builds appear to integrate color management into the Windows 11 display settings menu. This will make it easier for users to set specific color profiles for the sRGB and DCI color gamuts. P3. Users can also configure an automated system to control color management, to ensure that all applications have accurate colors. This will hopefully mean more support for HDR on Windows, as enabling HDR can often lead to a dark or washed out display.
As Microsoft’s super sampling system is still in the testing phase, we don’t have concrete details on how it will work or when it will launch, but we can expect it to be available in the near future .