Microsoft testing Xbox 360 Web browser - Report

Sources say Kinect-compatible custom version of Internet Explorer 9 currently being tested for operation with Microsoft's home console.

The Xbox 360 may soon offer gamers a full, Kinect-compatible Web browser. Sources speaking to The Verge understand Microsoft is presently testing a modified iteration of Internet Explorer 9 to run on the popular home console.

Don't expect Chrome or Firefox to run on the Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 presently supports Bing voice search via the Kinect, but only media results are returned. The site's sources indicate the Web browser currently in test will allow users to fully search and browse the Internet via Kinect gesture and voice control. Kinect will not be a requirement for the new Web browser, but the app is believed to be "tuned" for the motion-control technology.

No release date for Internet Explorer for the Xbox 360 was indicated, but Microsoft will make a number of Xbox 360-related announcements at its 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing in Los Angeles early next month. The arrival of a Web browser for the Xbox 360 may not be the only new addition to the platform. A Kinect exercise tracker is also believed to be on the way to the Xbox 360.

If Microsoft does add Web browsing support to the Xbox 360, it will do so lagging behind its competitors. Web browsers are currently available on the Wii, PlayStation 3, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and PSP.

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223 comments
1vanorden
1vanorden

will it be better The PS3 browser thats my ?

2 years ago ps3 browser was ok at Streaming movies online with ps3 internet browser.

last time i tryed to watch a movie on the ps3 useing its F#@$ing internet browser.

it did not work at all.

had to get netfilx on my xbox360 to watch it.

if xbox360 gets a internet browser will i be able to stream a movie online with out paying for it?

note stream not download.

on ps3 i was able to steram a movie that was still In theaters.

thanks to sony or the feds i cant do it with ps3 so i use my pc to stream.

 

 

Cowbie
Cowbie

Not needed? This was needed years ago. There are times when I need to use my Wii's internet browser in a pinch. This should have been a no brainer...long long ago.

david60639
david60639

Hopefully their browser handles YouTube better than that horrible app does.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

IE is not that bad people at least not the newer versions. i use firefox because i am use to that but i have ie on my system and when i use it it seems good now where as older versions of it were poor.

dragonsama
dragonsama

Ya but the Browser is IE 9 so it is going to suck.

 

Now if it was Firefox or Chrome then that would be something to be excited about.

TTDog
TTDog

So not needed.

holymsophy
holymsophy

These days people will complain about anything! xbox does not have web browser (guys complain), xbox will have browser (guys will complain). Mama never told you if you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing?

 

The xbox dashboard is cluttered you say? When I sign in, by default, I can just press the green (A) button and hop into whatever game I was playing. Look at the right top corner or press the xbox guide button and find out how many of my friends are online (if I do want to play with them).

 

I am in the camp where I feel xbox does not have enough apps. I want to be able to do as many things with my xbox, and I am happy for this, now I will be able to stream movies without having to hook up my netbook to the tv. I got netflix because of 360 (I can't sit and watch a movie without doing things on my laptop), I got hbo because of 360. I am waiting for the manga app.

 

If you do not like what MS is trying to do, just keep playing your games and do not download apps.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i did find it strange that the xbox never had a browser from the start.  but the xbox does just about everything else so why not  browse web pages to?

Delkura
Delkura

Hopefully the Xbox 360 will also get that snapshot feature as well. That would be awesome.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I think Microsoft didn't put the browser in at first because they really didn't want to open up the network that wide, and potentially become more prone to threats. By having a closed network the way it was , it was less prone to viruses, or other net type attacks. I'm no tech junky, but I think that's why they had it structured like that from the beginning, and now are crossing their fingers and taking the plunge. I would rather do without the internet browser and lessen the chance of being hacked.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

It's quite funny that the PS3 and the 360 have totally swapped sides... The ps3 was supposed to only be able to do "everything" but apart from games, it's music player is pointless the web browser is so slow you could boot up a crappy old computer and boot up the web page faster, but the 360 was supposed to be a pure gaming console and they seem to have mastered exactly what Sony were aiming for.

Chudamaru
Chudamaru

People who still say that IE sucks have never tried IE9, they pretty much made it like Chrome without Googles crazy new privacy policy.

Guamacherox
Guamacherox

The Good Side: is great to include a explorer in the console. The Bad Side: That browser is internet explorer, and lets be honest IE Sucks!

Norrie91
Norrie91

Oh Great an even MORE cluttered up dashboard -___-

campbell153
campbell153

lol more crap to fill up the weird dashboard with! xbox will lose core gamers because of all these rubbish apps they are developing for the dash! i liked my old 360 when i turned it on and had a look to see who was online and then put my game into the CD drive! now you can use apps on the dash for loads of weird stuff... 

I understand if i have offended any current 360 gamers, i feel for you all! i used to love my 360 but now it contains too much bloatware and way too many pretty colours and pictures for my taste!

ad1x2
ad1x2

So far, one of the only good things I see out of this is by putting a browser on the 360 maybe now people will have a way to use the wireless Internet at hotels and other places that require you to go to a log-on page before accessing the internet.

 

That's the biggest issue I've had with the 360, if I went to a hotel and wanted to play Live I was screwed unless I used my laptop as a bridge after using a web page to log on. I didn't have to worry about that with other consoles since they had browsers I could log on with directly.

 

Hopefully they surprise us and make it a lot better. IE 10 isn't too bad on Windows 8.

vannacut
vannacut

ps3 had all these for a long time, i sometimes use the browser on ps3 , any other applications are much easier to register and use on ps3 as well, with better interfaces in my opinion, oh and no gold membership stuff...it s ridiculous to have to have a gold membership to use netflix which also comes with a seperate subscription, which is all free on ps3...

001011000101101
001011000101101

I got a laptop and a smartphone, so why would I need this? What a waste of resources. 

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

A Kinect powered internet browser will sure make looking for porn awkward.  Xbox.  Bing.  Boobs.

Delkura
Delkura

A tad late but still nice to know that the Xbox is joining the party.

jb9776
jb9776

I think this browser Will be for gold members only or will restrict people from going on to certain sites. Think about it; you have to have a gold membership to use crackle, YouTube, Hulu ect. If Microsoft implemented a full web browser on the 360 then some of those apps would be available without a gold membership. That's why I think this will probably for gold members or they will try to charge you for it in some way which will be just sad if it happens.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

kinda random feature but coming from microsoft well all that is missing is mouse support and we have a PC oh wait they are already getting at it!!!!!

WALLIX
WALLIX

At this point, anything, "new" that comes out for the 360 is just a beta-test for the 720. Kinect included.

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

well, at least now I can stream my animes to my TV

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Holy b-jesus!!!

 

After 7 years it's actually getting a web browser :O

anuragdas68
anuragdas68

Yes now my cable internet can be plugged in directly and I can login through the browser

crystos
crystos

this probably wont work in my region (caribbean) like most of the xbox live apps. I still have not renewed my gold account in over a year and still wont be. paying 50 dollars JUST to play online isn't worth it...and unless this browser will be available on silver account it's a rip off. I get browsing on my pc for free already

kex72
kex72

I can't stand "Internet Explorer", In any form.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

No real surprise there. MS want to take over the world

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

apologies for failing to conform to the usual forum cynicism for such announcements and xbox live related gadgetry, but THIS, is one heck of an exciting rumor. This I like, a lot.

CreayBsD
CreayBsD

I will not be shocked if this turns out to be true. It all seen to be part of there windows 8 line up. With kinect coming out for the pc we know there will be some sort of web browsing kinect interface. So way not add it to the Xbox aswell. This is more of the all in one box under you tv.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

 lagging behind maybe but Internet Explorer 9 sounds good

packtop
packtop

I think all consoles should have a good browser in it and even allow us to download patch with the browser.

 

That way we wouldn't have to wait weeks before we get a patch...

 

I guess that's just a dream though...

exedeath
exedeath

As long as I don't have to have Gold to use it, this could be good.

Hail23
Hail23

Either way by the end of this year, me and the Xbox 360 and anything else that is successor to the Xbox 360, will be no more... all I am buying right now are used old games, but when I get one of the other systems like ps3/ps4 and Wii-U I will just buy new games again. I'm all about Japanese gaming companies now. Not enough variety of exclusive games on Xbox/Microsoft systems. P.S Of course I am just speaking for myself so this internet browser makes no difference too me.

esoteryk
esoteryk

Nice idea, should have been done a long time ago. After the Dreamcast I'd assumed browsers would be standard on all consoles from then on.

jark888
jark888

It is not too late. Nobody have done an acceptable web browser on any consoles or portable handhelds yet, period!

Hiraishin
Hiraishin

They are obscenely late with this.

jark888
jark888

If they can make it really work, this will become a real game changing for Xbox 360. Also, Microsoft will rack more money through Xbox Live.

gay4pandas
gay4pandas

cool but i think i will stick with my mac for we browsing and keep using the console for games. Ive never even used my ps3 web browser.

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

If it doesn't have Flash it will suck =)

steelmouth
steelmouth

While you at it please MS try get us some kinder of AAA exclusive game, Thanks

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Console browsers and mobile browsers are still years off from being anywhere near as useful and as full fledged as a PC/Mac browser.

jimmytaker
jimmytaker

Well... It's a good improvement I think...

ps3frevr
ps3frevr

i think we all have pc's for web browsing.