Intel Expands XeSS Super Resolution Support To This List Of Over 50 Games
Whatever you think about Intel's Arc graphics cards, you have to acknowledge that the proliferation of advanced upscaling technologies is largely a good thing. XeSS is an upscaler with similar performance to AMD's FSR2 and NVIDIA's DLSS, and it works on any vendor's recent graphics processor, albeit best on Intel's own Arc GPUs. Intel just announced that XeSS has hit the 50-game milestone, and a fair few of them are pretty popular titles.
The list includes games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Like a Dragon: Isshin, Cyberpunk 2077, Hogwarts Legacy, Returnal, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Starship Troopers: Extermination, Dying Light 2: Stay Human, and lots of other big names. The biggest new-game announcement for XeSS this week is Diablo IV—Blizzard's fastest-selling title of all time—but it's not stopping there, of course.
In its announcement, Intel demonstrates the benefits of XeSS on both the budget-priced Arc A380 as well as the excellent-value Arc A750. On the A750, XeSS takes demanding titles like The Witcher 3 (with its fancy new ray-tracing update) and Cyberpunk 2077 from being somewhat marginal to downright playable.
Meanwhile, on the lowly Arc A380, Intel demonstrates that XeSS can allow it to play some games with ray-tracing enabled. That's very impressive for an entry-level GPU with just 6GB of video RAM onboard. Ray-tracing incurs not only a big GPU compute performance hit but also requires a significant chunk of extra video RAM, so that's probably why Intel didn't list games like Cyberpunk 2077, where ray-tracing requires lots of memory.
If you haven't tried XeSS yet, you should give it a shot the next time you're playing a game that supports it and not your GPU vendor's preferred upscaler. Actually, folks on Radeons may prefer to use it over FSR2, anyway. In our recent testing, XeSS tends to give a softer, more stable image resolve than FSR2—at the cost of some fine detail in motion. Some folks may prefer the look of XeSS over FSR2. Kudos to Intel for making its upscaler tech available on everyone's hardware.