Xbox bringing new gaming features to Microsoft Edge
Xbox announces that everyone’s favorite gaming platform, Microsoft Edge, is getting some new features that prioritize cloud gaming integration and personalization for the blue browser. Microsoft has consistently expanded and improved support for Xbox Cloud Gaming across multiple platforms and is clearly taking steps to optimize this service in browsers by adding more gaming-forward features.
Some of the additions include a personalized gaming homepage that provides easier access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library and a built-in efficiency mode that reduces browser resource usage when a game is launched. Edge is also getting “Clarity Boost” to help improve the reliability of games streaming over the cloud. Edge users can also look forward to a built-in menu of browser-based games such as Microsoft Solitaire and Atari Asteroids.
On its own, this announcement doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but it gets a little more interesting when you consider that Steam Deck users currently have to go through an instance of Microsoft Edge to access Xbox Game Pass. In theory, these changes should help improve cloud gaming performance, but they largely feel like cosmetic changes to Microsoft’s browser.