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Microsoft Edge gets new Xbox and PC gaming performance features

Microsoft is making its Edge browser a bit more gamer-friendly today thanks to some improvements to Xbox and PC gaming. In addition to a new gaming-focused homepage and casual game integration, Edge also gets a Clarity Boost to improve Xbox Cloud Gaming streams and an efficiency mode to prevent Edge from using PC resources when a game is being played.

The new efficiency mode is the most interesting addition for PC gamers. Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can benefit from enabling this efficiency mode in Edge, and it prevents the browser from using resources when a game is opened. “With this feature, you don’t have to close the browser to play and reopen it when you’re done. Once you exit the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and go right back to where you left off,” explains Liat. Ben-Zur, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s consumer services and software products.

Efficiency Mode Settings

Microsoft Edge now has an efficiency mode setting.
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Microsoft is also adding a Clarity Boost feature for Xbox Cloud Gaming. It’s a spatial scaling 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 number of client-side scaling improvements that will improve the visual quality of Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft has also created a gaming homepage for Edge, featuring game news, live streams, Xbox content, and quick access to Xbox Cloud Gaming. There’s even a new game menu in Edge with free-to-play casual and arcade games like Microsoft Solitaire

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

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