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Xbox Cloud Gaming: Sharper Images, But Only On One Browser!

The Clarity Boost technology will provide sharper images than before if you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to play games from the cloud.

 

While Internet speeds are slowly increasing worldwide (with a few countries already offering several gigabits per second, which you can only utilize if you have strong enough cables and hardware…), playing games from the cloud doesn’t necessarily bring better image quality along with it. Microsoft didn’t want to get over this bridge by offering a higher-resolution video stream. Still, by using a trick: Xbox Cloud Gaming Clarity Boost is an image sharpening filter within a browser. We don’t know specific details, but the two images below show the difference.

This technology is only available in Microsoft Edge at the moment, and given how it is a Chromium-based browser, Phil Spencer’s team should share the tech to have it in Google Chrome, Opera, and all the other Chromium-based browsers. Here’s Microsoft’s post: “Xbox Cloud Gaming has partnered with Microsoft Edge to create an improved experience with optimizations now available exclusively in the Microsoft Edge browser, providing the optimal look and feel while playing Xbox games from the cloud.

Today, we are excited to invite you to experience Clarity Boost, one of the latest cloud gaming optimizations available on Microsoft Edge Canary. This feature uses a set of client-side scaling improvements to improve the visual quality of the video stream. Download Microsoft Edge Canary today to try out these features! Clarity Boost will be available to all Microsoft Edge users by next year.

How to try it: download Microsoft Edge Canary. To confirm you are in Microsoft Edge Canary, navigate to edge://settings/help to make sure you are on version 96.0.1033.0 or later. To enable Clarity Boost, go to www.xbox.com/play, login and start a game, open the more actions (…) menu, and select Enable Clarity Boost option.” Canary for Edge is similar to Nightly for Firefox: an alpha version.

It’s not a bad move, but we should expect the Clarity Boost tech to be included in other browsers as well… or is it Microsoft’s move to gain more market share?

Source: WCCFTech

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