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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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By satyamkapoor |Email | Mar 20, 2018 | 11199 Views

Microsoft is looking forward to making your PC's hardware get smarter and make your gaming foes even more devious. Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed Windows ML, which is an API that taps into your computer's CPU and the GPU in order to bolster your software with the help of machine learning capabilities. This is not the end. At the GDC 2018, Microsoft spoke about how Windows ML can help video games and introduced "DirectML" tools that provide GPU hardware acceleration for games that use WinML and are built on the same no-hassle-for-gamers principles as the famous DirectX standard.

Well, that's lot of buzzwords but what does it all mean? If truth be told machine learning can make games prettier, more adaptable to individual playstyles and also easier to create. For starters, let's have a look at eye candy.

Microsoft said "Deep neural network models can learn to determine the best color for each pixel to benefit small images that are upscaled, or images that are zoomed in on" and pointed to a machine learning enhanced image. They added: "You may have had the experience when playing a game where objects look great from afar, but when you move close to a wall or hide behind a crate, things start to look a bit blocky or fuzzy - with ML we may see the end of those types of experiences."

Improving up-close visuals is not the only way machine learning can benefit video games. Developers can make use of Windows ML and DirectML tools in order to adapt your gaming experience to match your very own specific taste. Here is what Microsoft had to say: "If a DNN model can be trained on a gamer's style, it can improve games or the gaming environment by altering everything from difficulty level to avatar appearance to suit personal preferences. DNN models can be trained to adjust difficulty or add custom content [that] can make games more fun as you play along. If your NPC companion is more work than they are worth, DNNs can help solve this issue by making them smarter and more adaptable as they understand your in-game habits in real time. If you're someone who likes to find treasures in game but don't care to engage in combat, DNNs could prioritize and amplify those activities while reducing the amount or difficulty of battles. When games can learn and transform along with the players, there is an opportunity to maximize fun and make games better reflect their players."

Microsoft is planning to publish a deeper technical look at these machine learning tools on the DirectX blog and is also going to partner with Nvidia at the GDC 2018 to preset two sessions focused on using machine learning to improve gaming.

Source: HOB