Intel’s XeSS Technology Is Available in Over 50 Games

Intel has revealed that their answer to DLSS and FSR named XeSS is now supported in over 50 games enabling you to improve your performance with Arc GPUs.

What is Intel XeSS?

Intel Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) is an upscaling technology similar to AMD’s FSR and Nvidias DLSS which renders every frame at a lower resolution and then upscales it to your intended resolution providing you with an improved frame rate at the cost of slightly lower visual fidelity. XeSS uses a trained AI model that has been combined with motion vectors and frame history to upscale frames to the desired resolutions. As of today, this technology is available in 50 of the top titles including Call of Duty MW2, Forza Horizon 5, Hogwarts Legacy and Shadow of The Tomb Raider.

What Kind of Performance Improvements Can We Expect?

Intel has provided some performance numbers which were shared showing the Intel Arc A750 across various titles including The Witcher 3, CyberPunk 2077, Hogwarts Legacy and Diablo IV showing considerable performance improvements all at Ultra settings. Using XeSS enabled all games to run at least 60FPS which is the long-standing target for gaming performance.

Final Thoughts

Whilst this technology is great I also have my concerns which I’ve often raised when talking about DLSS or FSR in the past. With the current state of gaming, it does feel as though these technologies are being relied on too heavily to get away with poor optimisation with a lot of marketing showing 60 FPS with upscaling enabled on the top-end cards making you question about pure rasterisation taking the back seat. The only thing I’ll praise here is the fact that the A750 is a mid-range card which makes Ultra settings much more impressive when compared to NVIDIA’s marketing which always uses the 4090 which is a card that shouldn’t need to use any form of upscaling technology.

Ah well at the end of the day, free performance is free performance especially if the upscaling is unnoticeable. You can read Intel’s full article on XeSS here showing more benchmarks with the technology.

Jakob Aylesbury

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