While people often complain about the bloat of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft seems determined to make sure the browser caters to every possible market. To that end, the company today announced that Edge is “the best browser for gamers” and also revealed some features to help solidify that claim.
For starters, Microsoft is adding a new home page dedicated to games. This will include news, guides, live streams and tournament highlights, among others. It also has Xbox integration, so if you sign in with your Xbox account, you’ll see content related to your recently played games. In fact, if you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you can even play games right in your browser. This new home page is available as a tab on the Microsoft Edge home page.
Also, Clarity Boost, introduced to Edge Canary back in November 2021, is finally making its way to the stable channel. This basically results in better and crisper picture quality, which means you’ll be able to see more detail when streaming games through Xbox Cloud Gaming. The technology uses client-side scaling to make the quality of the stream clearer. You can turn it on for the title by clicking the three dots icon in the top left corner of the game.
Microsoft is also introducing a new Efficiency mode configuration that minimizes the use of browser resources when you play PC games. As soon as you exit the game, resource usage will return to normal levels. You can enable it through the performance settings in Edge.
Finally, Microsoft has officially announced the creation of a game center for casual games in Edge. This Games menu will be built right into Edge’s three-dot menu (more options) and will give you immediate access to classic lightweight games like Microsoft Solitaire, Jewel, Mahjong and more. Microsoft has been testing this hub since December 2021.
While the new gaming features may be useful for a subset of Edge users, they are likely to spark controversy again about whether this should be considered malware or not. Many feel that niche features should be implemented with extensions that you can install at will, rather than baked into the browser.
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