Microsoft Edge gets new Xbox and PC gaming features

Microsoft is making its Edge browser a little more gamer-friendly today thanks to some Xbox and PC game enhancements. In addition to a new gaming-focused website and casual game integration, Edge also gets a Clarity Boost to improve Xbox Cloud Gaming streams and an efficiency mode that prevents Edge from taking up PC resources when playing a game.

The new efficiency mode is the most interesting addition for PC gamers. Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 users will be able to take advantage of enabling this efficiency feature in Edge, and it will prevent the browser from taking resources when a game is opened. “With this feature, you do not have to close the browser to play and reopen it when you are done. As soon as you close the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and get you right back to where you left off,” explains Liat Ben -Zur, corporate vice president of Microsoft consumer services and software products.

Microsoft Edge now has an efficiency mode setting.
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Microsoft is also adding a Clarity Boost feature to Xbox Cloud Gaming. It’s a spatial upscaling feature designed to make Xbox streamed games much clearer and sharper. Microsoft has been testing this feature for the past six months, and the improvement is noticeable thanks to a lot of scaling improvements on the client side that will increase the visual quality of Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft has also created a gaming website for Edge, which includes game news, livestreams, Xbox content and quick access to Xbox Cloud Gaming. There’s even a new game menu inside the Edge that includes free casual games and arcade games such as Microsoft Solitaire.

All of Microsoft’s new gaming features are available today in the latest version of Edge, version 103.

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