Microsoft Introduces Its Own AI-Enabled Interpolation Super Resolution On Windows 11

Microsoft Introduces Its Own AI Enabled Interpolation Super Resolution On Windows 11Microsoft Introduces Its Own AI Enabled Interpolation Super Resolution On Windows 11

Key Points

  • Super Resolution has been introduced to Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052, currently available on Dev and Canary channels.
  • To enable Super Resolution, use the ViveTool command “vivetool /enable /id:39695921 /variant:3”, then go to Settings > Display > Graphics to enable it.

A new feature called “Automatic Super Resolution” has been observed by PhantomOcean3 on the latest Windows 11 24H2 Insider Build 26052. This is an experimental feature introduced by Microsoft that has similar capabilities to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), and Intel’s Xe Super Sampling (XeSS).

Automatic Super Resolution (ASR) uses artificial intelligence for interpolation to determine how many colored pixels should be added to a picture in order to boost its resolution without significantly lowering its quality. This is still an experimental feature and therefore, not visible by default.

Microsoft ASR is currently available to the Canary and Dev channel subscribers on Build 26052. Moreover, it must be activated using a third-party Windows manipulation tool called ViveTool.

What is Super Resolution in Windows

Super Resolution is a Microsoft graphics interpolation technique that uses AI to enhance the user’s gaming experience. It adds colored pixels to each frame to immerse the user experience. Sometime in the future, it may even include frame interpolation – where AI adds frames itself to improve the frame rate.

Since Microsoft has not officially announced the feature, it is still too early to tell what the requirements for this feature might be. That said, AI processing normally uses Neural Processing Units (NPUs). NPUs are designed to cater to millions of computing requests and handle them better than CPUs or GPUs.

Super Resolution can also be enabled on a per-gam or per-app basis.

Here is the announcement from PhantomOcean3 about the newly introduced AI feature in Windows 11:

How to enable Super Resolution in Windows 11

As mentioned earlier, Super Resolution has been introduced to the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052 which is currently available on both the Dev and Canary channels. To begin, first, subscribe to the Windows Insider Program. Once subscribed, install the build update 26052.

Install Windows 11 24H2 Insider Preview Build 26052
Install Windows 11 24H2 Insider Preview Build 26052

Once installed, use the following steps to enable the Automatic Super Resolution feature in Windows 11:

  1. Open GitHub and download the ViveTool Zip file by clicking on it.

    Download ViVeTool
    Download ViveTool
  2. Right-click the downloaded file and click “Extract all” to extract the contents.

    Extract ViveTool
    Extract ViveTool
  3. Once extracted, copy the folder location and press the Windows Key + R keys to open the Run Command box.

  4. Type in “cmd” and press the CTRL + Shift + Enter keys to run the Command Prompt with administrative rights.

  5. Use the “CD” cmdlet to change the directory to the extracted ViveTool folder, as stated below:

    cd /d [PathToExtractedFolder]
    Change directory to ViveTool folder
    Change directory to ViveTool folder
  6. Now run the following to enable the Super Resolution settings:

    vivetool /enable /id:39695921 /variant:3
    Enable Windows 11 Super Resolution settings with ViveTool
    Enable Windows 11 Super Resolution settings with ViveTool
  7. Restart the computer.

  8. Once restarted, press the Windows key + i to open the Settings app.

  9. Go to System > Display > Graphics.

  10. You can now enable “Automatic super resolution“.

    Super Resolution settings enabled in Windows 11
    Super Resolution settings enabled in Windows 11
  11. Scroll down, expand an application, and choose whether to enable or disable Super Resolution for that app.

    Enable or disable Super Resolution per app
    Enable or disable Super Resolution per app

Takeaway

At this time, it is difficult to deduce just how much Super Resolution affects the graphics capabilities. I say this because not only is the feature still in testing, but Microsoft has not yet disclosed what hardware is needed for the feature, if any, and how it exactly works.

Moreover, since I tested the feature inside a Windows Insider virtual machine, I had limited capabilities for testing Super Resolution, especially inside a graphics-intensive game.

That said, Super Resolution by Microsoft looks promising since you will no longer require manufacturer-specific hardware. With this feature, the shared GPUs should also be able to interpolate the pixels.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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