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(Pocket-lint) – With the arrival of Arc graphics cards from Intel on the market, the company is working on various technologies to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience. One of these technologies is poised to rival Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution.
Known as Xe Super Sampling (or XeSS for short), it is an AI-accelerated super sampling technology designed to be open-source. This means that it will not only work with Intel’s GPUs, but also those of its rivals.
We are going to explore in more detail what this means and how it will improve your gaming experience.
Is Xe Super Sampling just scaling?
Intel has already shown what Xe Super Sampling can do. XeSS is designed to take a game that’s rendered at 1080p and upscale it to 4K. This means in theory that it offers the same benefits as Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling. This advantage is that you can play games at lower resolutions (meaning higher FPS) but use the technology to output a higher resolution image to your gaming monitor.
Intel showed a demonstration of this technology in action by comparing side-by-side gameplay footage rendered natively in 4K and the same footage upscaled by XeSS. The difference is barely noticeable. Intel claims that by using XeSS, gamers will be able to get twice the performance, i.e. more FPS, while enjoying a high resolution image.
The end goal is to give you the best of both worlds: high frame rates and high resolution.
What hardware will be supported by XeSS?
Intel said XeSS will be open source and game developers will be able to use it. The Xe Super Sampling will also work with all graphics cards that support Shader Model 6.4+ and DP4a instructions. Naturally, XeSS is likely to perform better on Intel’s Arc GPUs, but it will also work with Nvidia and AMD products.
Intel said it has worked hard to ensure that the Xe Super Sampling will not be affected by ghosting or blurring which is sometimes a problem with upscaling technology.
The company also said that XeSS will have five different image quality modes. These modes will be as follows
- Ultra performance – 3x scaling factor
- Performance – 2x scaling factor
- Balanced – 1.7x higher scaling factor
- Quality – 1.5x scaling factor
- Ultra quality – 1.3x scale factor.
Intel claims that XeSS technology achieves high scaling rates without compromising quality and is more efficient than other temporal and spatial scaling techniques.
What games will XeSS work with?
Like other upscaling technologies, Intel XeSS will require some effort to work. Technology needs to be trained to work with games so the AI understands how to maximize performance and maintain quality.
This means that the list will be limited at first, but will grow over time. Currently, the list of games includes
- Chivalry II
- death stranding
- Hitman III
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
- Grid Legends
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- super people
- The Settlers
- Vampire: Blood Hunt
This list is obviously quite short at the moment, but the fact that the technology is open source should allow it to grow rapidly over time.
Written by Adrian Willings.