Looks like Microsoft isn’t waiting for your Xbox and Bethesda (opens in new tab) Submit this weekend to drop some gaming news. Microsoft’s Edge browser is getting some updates to its desktop app that also focuses on Xbox Cloud Games (opens in new tab). However, to be fair, I think it’s safe to assume that Xbox Game Pass and cloud gaming will likely appear a few times over the next few days.
Built-in Clarity Boost will make “cloud gameplay look sharper and clearer when playing in Microsoft Edge browser on Windows”, according to its blog post (opens in new tab). What that means is that streaming games from the Xbox Cloud Gaming library on Game Pass will look better on Edge than any other browser.
Microsoft is also adding an efficiency mode to Edge that will automatically reduce resource usage, along with a new custom gaming homepage with guides, live streams, and other gaming content for the games you follow.
If you’re the type of person who plays games in a small browser window while my boss turns his back, there’s a new games menu that will feature a bunch of free games to kill time. games like Solitaire, Asteroids and Microsoft Jewel. The fact that Microsoft is working to improve windowed gaming performance tells me I should play more video games at work.
I’ll see how games really look with Clarity Booster when it comes to Edge and see how it compares to streaming in Chrome or Safari which is how I was streaming Fortnite at work (opens in new tab). If Clarity Booster improves the image quality a bit, I’ll take it.
That wasn’t the only Xbox Cloud Gaming news that Microsoft released this week. This month, some Samsung smart TVs (opens in new tab) will support Xbox Cloud Streaming through the Xbox app so you can play Xbox games like Halo Infinite without connecting a console or PC to your TV.