Microsoft released 5 major games on the Xbox console, PC, and cloud platforms in its fiscal year 2022. These games include “Halo: Infinite”, “Forza Horizon 5”, “Brain Navigator 2”, “Age of Empires 4” and “Microsoft Flight Simulation”. The Xbox Studios even won a Publisher of the Year award from Metacritic for the quality of the games published by Xbox Studios. According to Windows Central, the company plans to launch at least five Xbox-exclusive first-party games in the next fiscal year.
“Last fiscal year, we released five new games on console, PC, and cloud. We’re on track to meet or exceed that number in the next fiscal year”. Microsoft’s fiscal year lasts from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Two games from Bethesda (Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield and Arkane’s Redfall) have been significantly delayed recently, causing them to only be released in “the first half of 2023.”
In addition to the games, Microsoft will be showing more games at the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda game shows.
Microsoft will continue to improve the gaming experience of Win11 and Edge browsers
At today’s exchange meeting, Microsoft announced several game-related updates for Windows 11 and Microsoft Edge browsers. These changes include some game optimizations on Windows 11 and some differences from Edge Xbox cloud gaming integration. Microsoft claims that it will bring the Xbox app to Samsung’s 2022 line of smart TVs. The company will also expand Xbox cloud gaming to Argentina and New Zealand. Furthermore, Microsoft will update its Xbox Game Pass membership service. In addition, the Xbox Design Lab is back and launched in 11 new countries, helping players customize options like pink, orange, and cases for their Xbox controllers.
Microsoft also brings four new features to Windows 11, but these features are in testing on Windows Preview. One of them is an optimization for window games to improve latency and unlock AutoHDR and variable refresh rate. This is complemented by a new HDR calibration app.
In addition, Microsoft has optimized the Xbox controller bar to help players open games quickly. The company also shows off a new widget, the Game Pass Widget. This widget helps players easily find games.
Microsoft is also bringing more exclusive new gaming features to Microsoft Edge for desktop, including some Xbox cloud gaming integrations:
- New personalized gaming homepage with news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, upcoming and newly released games, and the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, including easy access to recently played games and related content.
- Built-in ClarityBoost makes cloud-based gameplay look sharper and clearer on the Microsoft Edge browser.
- The new games menu in MicrosoftEdge provides easy access to free popular games such as MicrosoftSolitaire, AtariAsteroids, MicrosoftJewel, and MicrosoftEdge’s exclusive Surf games. It also helps players discover new games.
- Efficiency Mode helps improve game performance on Windows 10 and 11.