What’s new with gaming on Windows 11 version 24H2

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On Windows 11 version 24H2 (2024 Update), Microsoft is rolling out a slew of new features and improvements, and some of them are related to gaming. However, these changes are mostly aimed at making the ARM platform a suitable architecture for playing games.

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First, Microsoft and Qualcomm have been collaborating and creating the “WorkOnWoA.com” website that lists the games compatible with the ARM version of Windows 11.

At the time of this writing, the website includes around 1348 games that were tested. You can also sort the games by category, whether they support Auto SR (I’ll explain this feature in a second), and show how compatible they are since some games may play perfectly or very poorly.

This website will be a great help for gamers on ARM laptops.

If the game works perfectly, it means it runs at 60 or more FPS (Frames Per Second) at 1080p. If it’s only playable, the game runs at 30 or more FPS at 1080p. If it only runs, you may encounter some glitches, and if it’s unplayable, there are problems with the game.

Performance details on the WoA games website. The company even lets anyone participate and contribute to the list by following these guidelines.

Auto Super Resolution for Copilot+ PCs

Second, and perhaps more importantly, Windows 11 version 24H2 is also introducing the new Auto Super Resolution (Auto SR). In simple terms, this feature uses AI to upscale games to improve frame rates and image quality in real-time.

This feature is currently limited to Copilot+ PCs, meaning those devices featuring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon X Series processor because it depends on the NPU (Neural Processing Unit). (The exclusivity doesn’t seem to be forever, so we can expect the feature to become more broadly available for AI PCs in the future.)

f you have one of these computers (such as the Surface Pro (11th Edition) or the Surface Laptop (7th Edition)), you will be able to turn on this feature from the Settings app.

To enable Auto SR on Windows 11, open Settings > Display > Graphics and turn on the “Automatic super resolution” option.

If you don’t have the feature enabled, and you launch a compatible game, you will notice a toast notification letting you know with an option to turn on the feature in the Settings app.

In addition, Microsoft has also created the DirectSR API (Application Programming Interface) in partnership with AMD, Intel, and Nvidia. This new API acts as a middleman between game developers and various Super Resolution (SR) technologies offered by different graphics card manufacturers, such as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, Intel XeSS, and Nvidia DLSS.

In other words, in the past, developers needed to implement super-resolution technologies individually. However, with the DirectRS API, Microsoft now offers a single code path to upscale games using the available technologies. It’s important to note that Auto Super Resolution (Auto SR) is not the same as Super Resolution (SR), which usually refers to the upscaling technologies from other graphics card vendors like Intel, AMD, and Nvidia.

Finally, it also appears that DirectSR won’t be only available on Windows 11 but on Windows 10 too. Furthermore, as part of the Auto SR requirements, supported games will need DirectX 11 or 12 and emulated x64 or ARM64 processors.

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