Microsoft Edge is Getting New Gaming Features

Microsoft’s Edge browser is getting a couple of new gaming features to reflect the company’s commitment to making gaming more accessible. Microsoft wants its Edge browser to be the best option to enjoy Xbox Cloud Gaming on the web, and the new Clarity Boost feature should help with that.

Clarity Boost has been available for Edge Insiders for a couple of weeks now, and the feature can improve image clarity when playing Xbox cloud-enabled games. Xbox Cloud Gaming streams are currently limited to 1080p at 60FPS, so the difference can be quite subtle.

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Microsoft is also adding a new personalized Gaming home page on Edge’s new tab page. The feature will provide access to gaming news and guides, livestreams, tournaments, as well as quick access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library.

A new Games Hub in Microsoft Edge will also offer quick access to casual games such as Microsoft Solitaire, Atari Asteroids, and Microsoft Jewel. Microsoft Edge also has a built-in Surf game inspired by the classic SkiFree game that was first released on Windows 3.0 in the early nineties.

Lastly, Microsoft Edge is getting support for a new Efficiency mode that will automatically reduce Edge’s resource consumption when playing games on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

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  • akm_lavx

    09 June, 2022 - 8:06 am

    <p>Would be nice for browser games and cloud services that work through your browser, but I don’t really see any benefits for "native" games. So far, the only "gaming browser" I’ve seen that kinda works is Opera GX. Hard to imagine Edge overtaking it in terms of feature set.</p>

  • SherlockHolmes

    Premium Member
    09 June, 2022 - 8:58 am

    <p>They just dont stopp to put crap in Edge. </p>

    • iAlrakis

      Premium Member
      09 June, 2022 - 12:13 pm

      <p>Agree.</p><p>I get it that these are important changes for gamers but they should make it available via either separate installers or extensions.</p><p>None of this belongs in Edge used in a company.</p>

      • SherlockHolmes

        Premium Member
        09 June, 2022 - 12:32 pm

        <p>I use Firefox ESR releases because I dont want or need constant changes in a browser. </p>

  • spacecamel

    Premium Member
    09 June, 2022 - 9:46 am

    <p>So they are improving Edge on a platform that has little need for game streaming? Let me know when this is improved on iOS. </p>

  • smartin

    Premium Member
    09 June, 2022 - 2:53 pm

    <p>I guess I’ll have to miss that since I did a hard uninstall of Edge and it won’t launch even if Microsoft wants it to on my desktop.</p>

    • Mike Brady

      15 June, 2022 - 4:27 pm

      <p>Bunch of Boomer whiners in the comments on this one.</p>

  • david.thunderbird

    09 June, 2022 - 3:50 pm

    <p>If you get cut by the edge, it’ll fester. Then you’ll have to have it lanced.</p>

  • sadsteve

    09 June, 2022 - 3:59 pm

    <p>I want nothing to do with cloud gaming. Heck, I dislike it that for some games I have to be online when I’m playing by myself.</p>

  • buzza24

    09 June, 2022 - 6:04 pm

    <p>So Microsoft are trying to bring features to Edge to compete with Opera GX?</p><p>Just make a good browser and us the users will add features we want through extensions.</p>

  • justme

    Premium Member
    10 June, 2022 - 4:03 am

    <p>Isnt Edge supposed to be, you know, a browser? Why all this fluff? Could this not be added as en extension? Not everybody games in the cloud, or even with XBox. How, exactly, does this fit in with Microsoft’s enterprise vision – because &lt;sarcasm&gt; I’m sure companies are just clamoring for employees to be able to game better at work. Or perhaps they are just going to make work a great big game. &lt;/sarcasm&gt;</p><p><br></p><p>I’ll stick to my locally installed games, thanks. Its a hard no from me.</p>

  • j5

    14 June, 2022 - 12:16 am

    <p>OMG this brings flash backs of MSN’s internet service and their custom web browser. I used to love that bloated software, it was an overload of features, including the gaming stuff.</p>

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