Windows 11 feature

Microsoft details Automatic Super Resolution, will only work on Windows 11, will require a Copilot+ PC with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X processor with Hexagon NPU

Back in February 2024, we informed you about a new Super Resolution tech that MS was testing in Windows 11. And earlier today, the company officially revealed this tech, which will be called Auto SR.

Auto SR, also known as Automatic Super Resolution, will only work on Windows 11 and it will not support Windows 10. Not only that but it will require a Copilot+ PC with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X processor with Hexagon NPU and an integrated GPU. In other words, this tech will be useless for 95% of PC gamers.

Auto SR works like NVIDIA DLSS and Intel XeSS. Auto SR will be using AI techniques in order to upscale and enhance the image quality of a game that runs on lower resolutions. However, we don’t know how well the initial version of it will look like. Will it be able to come close to DLSS 3 or Intel XeSS 1.3? Or will it suffer from the same issues that plagued the first versions of these techs?

Auto SR will be supported in most games that run on DirectX 11 or DirectX 12. It will also be compatible with emulated x64 or Arm64 native platforms. However, it will not be compatible with DirectX 11/12 games using certain formats (such as 10-bit formats), x86-only games and other graphics runtimes including DirectX 9, Vulkan, OpenGL.

Do note that Auto SR will be applied by default to a set of games verified by Microsoft. It will NOT work in all games like AFMF or Lossless Scaling Frame Generation do. The first games that support it are Borderlands 3, God of War, and The Witcher 3.

Honestly, I’m really disappointed with how Auto SR turned out. We all thought it would work for everyone using Windows 11. But, as MS stated, it will only work on certain processors. Because of this, most PC gamers probably won’t use it. And, let’s be realistic here. Does MS think that this feature will boost the sales of Copilot+ PCs?

I also think developers won’t bother with it either. That is unless Microsoft makes them put it in some games. Okay okay, we all know that some of its first-party studios will support Auto SR. And, imagine if a game comes out that only supports Auto SR and not DLSS, XeSS or FSR. Now that will be hilarious.

You can read more details about Auto SR on its official website. Man, what a huge disappointment!