Updated: June 29, 2022

New gaming features are available on the Edge browser from Microsoft (MSFT)

Recent updates from Microsoft to its Edge browser for Windows 11 and 10 include additional gaming features. Microsoft Edge now has a new gaming homepage and integration for casual gaming starting with version 103.

The tech behemoth has also developed a gaming site for Edge that offers rapid access to Xbox Cloud Gaming as well as gaming news, live streams, and Xbox content. Users can also keep track of other news and forthcoming game releases.

Microsoft Solitaire, Microsoft Mahjong, Microsoft Jewel, and Microsoft Edge Surf Game are just a few of the many free casual and arcade games available under the browser's dedicated Games section.

Additionally, Microsoft Edge will get an efficiency mode to stop it from using PC resources when a game is being played and a Clarity Boost to enhance Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming.

Another tool that Microsoft is promoting to enhance game performance is Microsoft Edge Efficiency Mode. According to reports, this functionality will ensure that games operate smoothly by using fewer resources in the browser. Users can play their games without totally closing the browser thanks to this function, which lessens the impact on performance. Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 versions can use the update.

Xbox Cloud Gaming's new Clarity Boost function uses spatial upscaling to make Xbox streaming games significantly crisper and sharper. According to Microsoft, this functionality will make playing games on the cloud something comparable to playing games on a console.

There are certain Xbox-only features in the updated version of Edge. Users can look for recently played games by logging into their Xbox accounts on the browser. Additionally, it offers shortcuts for the Xbox Cloud Library and game discovery.

The Xbox Game Pass widget is very helpful because it displays information about newly added games to the subscription, titles that are upcoming, and games that are popular right now.

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Strong Gaming Footprint to Support Growth

The global market for cloud gaming is predicted to grow from $3.24 billion in 2022 to $40.81 billion in 2029, at a CAGR of 43.6% during the forecasted period, according to a Fortune Business Insights analysis. This bodes well for Microsoft, a major force in the videogame industry.

Microsoft is down 24.2% year to date compared to the Zacks Computer - Software industry's decrease of 28.4% and the Computer and Technology sector's decline of 31.9%. Microsoft presently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The full list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks is available here.

Microsoft's position as a competitive player in the cloud gaming market is anticipated to be strengthened by the free combination of cloud gaming and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service. Microsoft said that the proprietary Xbox Series X hardware now powers its cloud gaming, enhancing the entire gaming experience.

Alphabet Inc: Stadia is a cloud gaming platform provided by Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Stadia is a well-liked gaming platform among consumers because it is accessible on Chromecast with Google TV and on compatible Android TV OS devices.

NVIDIA Corporation: NVDA, which provides the cloud gaming service GeForce NOW, stands to gain from the quick uptake of cloud gaming. Nearly 100 games that are available for free to play are among the 1,000 titles that are currently available on the NVIDIA platform.

Meta Platforms: On its platform, META provides cloud gaming to more than 98 percent of residents of the continental United States. As a cloud game on Facebook Gaming, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Rebellion has experienced tremendous growth.

Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft in an all-cash deal for $68.7 billion, making it the third-largest gaming firm in the world and giving it the know-how to stake out its position in the lucrative metaverse sector.

The company's biggest video game, Halo, as well as Minecraft, the all-time best-selling game, are already owned by Microsoft. On its Xbox Game Pass, the business has made all of Activision's video game titles available.

Microsoft's Game Pass Subscription Service has also become a significant force in the development of the video game industry. A consistent and regular revenue source is ensured via subscription services. Subscribers to Game Pass have access to 100 console video game titles for just $9.99 each month.

In January of this year, there were more than 25 million subscribers to Xbox Game Pass, and there are presently about 400 million monthly active users of Activision games. Access to the most recognizable gaming titles at reasonable prices would surely stimulate Microsoft's gaming segment growth and boost its top line.

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