xCloud’s new Clarity Boost promises clearer streams, but only on Edge

Microsoft’s new Clarity Boost feature for Xbox Cloud Gaming (aka xCloud) is intended to make your cloud gaming streams a little less blurry, but it will only be available on the company’s Edge browser.

Clarity Boost “uses a set of client-side scaling enhancements to improve the visual quality of the video stream,” said Microsoft’s Milena Gonzalez in a blog post. I tried Clarity Boost in a few games and I felt it made a noticeable difference. Games were generally less blurry, and many minor details like blades and bricks looked much sharper than they do with Clarity Boost turned off. It does not dramatic change the way games look, in my opinion, but if you want xCloud games to be a little clearer, I would recommend turning on Clarity Boost.

Here are a few comparisons I have put together to show you the differences. The first two are from Forza Horizon 5:

Check out the sharper grass and foliage Forza Horizon 5.

With Clarity Boost enabled, the blocks are less blurred.

And here are two from Halo infinite:

My Spartan’s armor is more detailed with Clarity Boost on i Halo infinite multiplayer beta.

You can see more details about the trees at Halo Infinite’s title screen.

My colleague Tom Warren also showed the new feature in a video:

If you want to see the differences on your machine yourself, try Clarity Boost now by installing Microsoft Edge Canary. But if you do not want to use a bleeding edge (pun intended) version of the browser just to try Clarity Boost, it will be available to all Edge users “for next year,” according to Microsoft.

Update November 29 at 18:42 ET: Added video from Tom Warren.

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