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On Intel Architecture Day 2021, we were finally able to see Intel's new GPU Ark architecture, also known as Intel Alchemist. We also got a first look at its stunning AI-accelerated super sampling technology, XeSS, in action for the first time, offering players a new way to increase game performance.
Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) is Intel's open source response to Nvidia's DLSS and AMD's FSR. One of the most significant differences is that XeSS will work with any GPU, not just future Intel Alchemist video cards.
This real-time demo shows XeSS in action rendering at 1080p and then increasing it to 4K. Intel even makes parallel comparisons between native 4K and 4K with XeSS technology, and it looks pretty much the same.
The goal is for gamers to take games that typically work with low settings and give them a boost in resolution and frame rate, regardless of whether they use an AMD, Nvidia or Intel video card. It will be interesting to see how it looks in practice when running a game at 1080p and increasing it to 4K instead of relying only on a technology demonstration, but I guess Intel has to start somewhere.
According to Intel, the goal with XeSS is to offer players a high frame rate and high resolution without having to choose between the two, as they do with other upload techniques. Intel makes the bold claim that XeSS will nearly double its performance thanks to the AI-assisted scale. He also revealed that the XeSS SDK would be available later this month for developers.
XeSS will be available when Intel's new Alchemist graphics cards are released in early 2022.