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Microsoft set to launch DLSS-like AI upscaling for Windows 11

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Microsoft is gearing up to launch its automatic super-resolution for PC games and new colour management features in the Windows 11 24H2 update.

The super-resolution feature is poised to utilise artificial intelligence to enhance the gameplay by providing smoother performance and improved details, similar to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology.

DLSS has been a game-changer in the gaming industry, using AI algorithms to upscale graphics in real-time, thereby enhancing frame rates and overall image quality. Competitors such as AMD and Intel have also ventured onto this territory with their technologies, namely FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and Xe Super Sampling (XeSS), both gaining popularity in recent PC game releases.

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Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement regarding this new super-resolution feature. Consequently, essential details such as its operational mechanics and potential hardware requirements remain unsurpassed.

Nvidia’s DLSS, for instance, relies on the tensor cores in their RTX graphics card range, while AMD’s FSR and Intel’s XeSS are intricately tied to their respective GPUs.

In addition to the gaming-centric revelation, Microsoft seems to address a longstanding concern with an improved colour management feature for Windows 11. This upgrade is particularly significant for the latest OLED monitors that leverage High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Windows users have long grappled with a lack of a comprehensive OS-level colour management system, forcing gamers to manually add custom colour profiles reminiscent of the archaic Windows 95 era.

The forthcoming enhancements will see colour management seamlessly integrate into the primary display settings of Windows 11, simplifying the process for PC users. This will empower users to set colour profiles for widely used standards such as sRBG and DCI-P3, streamlining the customisation process.

A new automated feature is set to dynamically control these diverse colour profiles, promising a more user-friendly and visually optimised experience for PC gamers.

“Auto colour management also helps new and updated apps render more colours more accurately. This provides extra detail and fewer colour artefacts (for example, in gradients, shadows, and darker scenes or pictures),” said Microsoft.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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