In recent years, upscaling features have become a staple for PC gamers, with many utilising DLSS, FSR or XeSS to save on performance. Now, Microsoft appears to be working on its own AI-assisted upscaling feature, which will come baked right into Windows.
The new feature will appear in the System-Display-Graphics menu and is listed as ‘Automatic Super Resolution. The description of the feature, as spotted on Twitter, reads: “use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details.”
Without diving too much into the technical side, this does sound a lot like Nvidia’s DLSS, which utilises AI to upscale games rendered at lower resolutions to enable significant performance gains. Of course, DLSS works by utilising the Tensor Cores available on RTX GPUs, so it is unclear how well Microsoft’s Windows alternative will work without any dedicated AI hardware.
As reported by The Verge, Microsoft is also looking to upgrade Windows colour management to make better use of new OLED and HDR displays, something that has been needed for quite some time as HDR on Windows is still pretty bad, despite HDR monitor availability greatly increasing since the launch of Windows 11.
KitGuru Says: Chances are, DLSS will continue to lead when it comes to visuals and performance gains. Still, it will be interesting to see comparisons later in the year and at the very least, having something like this implemented at the OS level could improve compatibility, as not all games support DLSS, FSR or XeSS out of the box.