Microsoft says they are all in on gaming, and that they have made the Microsoft Edge browser the best browser for gamers, with new gaming features that are rolling out today that let gamers discover, learn, watch and play games directly from the browser on your desktop device.
A new homepage built for gamers
With the new gaming homepage in Microsoft Edge, you can get right to gaming as soon as you launch your browser. It is personalized to your interests and designed to keep you connected to the content you care about like news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, and upcoming and newly released games. And if you sign in with your Xbox account, you will get Xbox content such as games you might like and easy access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library — including recently played games and related content. If you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you can even launch and start playing games with Xbox Cloud Gaming right in the browser.
Try the new gaming homepage by clicking on the Gaming header in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
Level up with clearer and crisper graphics
Today Microsoft announced Clarity Boost, an exclusive feature to Microsoft Edge that enhances console games with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Clarity Boost is a spatial upscaling enhancement that makes streaming games look clearer and sharper while playing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11. It uses a set of client-side scaling improvements to improve the visual quality of the video stream. Clarity Boost allows you to enjoy the most advanced games on the market and experience amazing graphics right from Microsoft Edge whether you are on your high-end PC gaming rig or your tablet. And, thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with Epic Games, you can try and play Fortnite today with no subscription needed. Jump in to play with your friends. Create your free Xbox account and activate Clarity Boost to experience some amazing graphics.
While in the game, click on the (…) in the upper left-hand corner of the game to enable Clarity Boost.
Powering better performance for Windows PC gaming
When playing a game on their Windows PC, gamers want to maximizing their PC resources for the gameplay experience. Through a new setting in Efficiency mode, Microsoft Edge helps improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to help keep games running fast and smooth by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched. With this feature, you do not need to close the browser to play and reopen it when you are done. As soon as you close the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and get you right back to where you left off.
To enable this, just go to your browser settings and enable Efficiency mode for PC Gaming under the System and Performance Tab.
One-click access to free casual games
For casual gamers, Microsoft created a dedicated Games menu where you can find a variety of free-to-play casual and arcade games. The Games menu gives you one-click access to classics like Microsoft Solitaire, Microsoft Jewel, Microsoft Mahjong and Microsoft’s exclusive Microsoft Edge Surf Game. To access the Games menu, click on the more options menu (…) in the upper right-hand corner of the browser and then select Games from the list.
For those of you who haven’t tried Microsoft Edge yet, you can download it here.