Microsoft is adding a ton of new gaming features to Edge

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Most gamers don’t really think about a web browser as part of their gaming setup. Heck, most gamers don’t even use a browser to game. Microsoft is looking to change that by making its Edge browser the go-to choice for gamers. Yes, it sounds a bit weird, but today Microsoft announced that it has added many new gaming features to its browser. We know, stay with us here. Also, if you’re an Edge user who doesn’t care about browser games, Microsoft has also added a new performance boost feature for PC games.

The addition of the new game features was announced in the company’s latest blog post. It’s part of Microsoft being “all in” on games, despite what you may have heard. Microsoft says it is focused on a 20-year roadmap to deliver the best gaming experience possible, on any platform, i.e. PC, Xbox, phone and tablet. Today it starts with Edge.

Microsoft has added a new games-centric homepage to the browser. The bottom line is that as soon as you launch your browser, you see all your games so you start playing right away. This also includes gaming news and information, guides, live streams, and more. You can also customize what is displayed on this page. If you’re signed in to your Xbox account, you can also access your Xbox Cloud Gaming library. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you can stream games directly from the homepage.

Microsoft Edge’s new games homepage. (Picture: Microsoft)

Once you actually stream a game through your browser, you can benefit from this new feature. It’s called Clarity Boost and it does exactly what it says. According to Microsoft, this is a “spatial scaling enhancement that makes streaming games clearer and crisper when playing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11.” The blog states that it uses client-side scaling to improve the quality of the video stream. Microsoft hasn’t gone into corny detail about what it’s doing here. Still, the sample he posted shows a marked improvement in image quality. In order to entice people to try it out, it offers people the option to play Fortnite without any subscription required. To enable or disable Clarity Boost, simply click on the (…) in the left corner of the game.

Improved Microsoft clarity. (Picture: Microsoft)

For those of you who play on PC with locally installed games, there is something for you too. Microsoft has added a new power saving feature to Edge for PC gamers. It basically puts Edge into snooze mode when it detects that a game is starting up. This prevents the browser from using valuable resources while you play. When you quit the game, the feature detects it and shuts it down automatically. It works on both Windows 10 and 11, using Edge. To enable it, simply go to the Settings tab, then System and Performance.

Finally, Microsoft also added a bunch of free casual and arcade games (top). When you select “games” from the dropdown under (…) in the browser, they appear on the right side. It offers a list of old and new games that open directly in the browser. Some of the titles include Microsoft Jewel, Microsoft Mahjong, and Microsoft Edge Surf. Personally, we clicked on Solitaire just because we’re old school, and we were reminded how fun it is, time limits are damned.

All of these features are available now. Just update Edge and you’ll see them. For us, after the update, we were using version 103.0.1264.37 (official version) (64 bit).

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