Microsoft wants the Edge browser to appeal to gamers
Microsoft’s latest effort to popularize Edge is to convince gamers to try the browser.
The company is introducing several new gaming-focused features to Edge that are expected to be available today. One of them includes a new “Efficiency Mode” setting that promises to reduce browser system resource usage, freeing up more computing power to run your favorite PC games.
“With this feature, you don’t need to close the browser to play and reopen it when you’re done. As soon as you close the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and bring you back to where you left off,” wrote company CVP Liat Ben-Zur in a blog post.(Opens in a new window). The new Efficiency mode is available under the “System and performance” tab in the settings panel.
For casual gamers, Microsoft is also adding a dedicated “Games” menu in the browser’s three-dot (…) panel, which can access a list of free web games. The various titles appear to be from the company’s online MSN games(Opens in a new window) site and include Microsoft Solitaire, Microsoft Jewel, and Microsoft Mahjong, among many others.
Another feature focuses on game streaming on the Edge browser. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft has its own cloud gaming service through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which means you can play console games on any device, as long as it has support. fast internet connection.
Edge is now getting a new feature called “Clarity Boost”, which is designed for the Xbox cloud gaming service. When enabled, the feature can upscale titles played on Xbox cloud gaming to produce clearer, crisper graphics. Clarity Boost can be activated by clicking the three-dot menu (…) in the upper left corner of the game when running on the browser.
The latest feature is a revamped gaming section on the Edge browser homepage, accessible the moment you launch the software. Users can now customize the section to feed content from games, live streams and tournaments that interest them.
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“And if you sign in with your Xbox account, you’ll get Xbox content like games you might like and easy access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library – including recently played games and related content,” Ben added. -Zur. “If you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you can even launch and start playing games with Xbox Cloud Gaming right in the browser.”
The features seem to take a page from Opera’s own GX browser, which is all about gaming. It can also be calibrated to limit system resources and even includes a built-in game.
As for Microsoft, the company announces that more gaming-focused features are in the works for Edge. “We can’t wait to hear what you think of our new game features – and stay tuned for more updates,” Ben-Zur said.
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