XCloud’s new Clarity Boost promises cleaner flows, but that’s 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 improvements to improve the visual quality of the video stream”, Microsoft’s Milena Gonzalez said in a blog post. I tried Clarity Boost in a few games and felt it made a noticeable difference. Games were generally less blurry and many smaller details like leaves and bricks looked much sharper than with Clarity Boost turned off. It’s not dramatically change the look of games in my opinion, but if you want xCloud games to be a bit clearer, I recommend turning on Clarity Boost.

Here are some comparisons I made to show you the differences. The first two are from Forza Horizon 5:

Check out the sharper grass and foliage of Forza Horizon 5.

With Clarity Boost enabled, the bricks are less blurry.

And here are two of Infinite halo:

My Spartan’s armor is more detailed with Clarity Boost enabled in the Infinite halo multiplayer beta.

You can see more details about the trees on Halo Infinite title screen.

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

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

Updated Nov 29, 6:42 p.m. ET: Added a video by Tom Warren.


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