title iconNew Xbox and PC gaming performance features are coming to Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge browser will now be a little more gamer-friendly today, thanks to improvements made to both Xbox and PC gaming. Aside from the new gaming-focused homepage and casual game integration, Edge also gains a Clarity Boost to improve Xbox Cloud Gaming streams, as well as an efficiency mode to help prevent Edge from taking up PC resources when the player is playing. PC gamers will find the new efficiency mode to be the most interesting addition.

The efficiency mode in Edge will benefit Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, and it will prevent the browser from consuming resources when a game is open. By using this feature, you won't have to close your browser and reopen it once you're done playing. Liat Ben-Zur, corporate vice president of Microsoft's consumer services and software products, explains that Microsoft Edge automatically exits Efficiency mode when you close a game.

Additionally, Microsoft has added a Clarity Boost feature to Xbox Cloud Gaming. An Xbox streaming game can be made much clearer and sharper using this spatial upscaling feature. Over the past six months, Microsoft has been testing this feature, and a variety of client-side scaling improvements have greatly improved the visual quality of Xbox Cloud Gaming. Microsoft Edge also features a gaming homepage that provides gaming news, live streaming, Xbox content, and quick access to Xbox Cloud Gaming. Edge even includes a free-to-play arcade and casual games menu with games such as Microsoft Solitaire.