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.

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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.

Discussion

224 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.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @jtthegame316 

I find it strange ppl use virtual keyboard and analog stick to surf web.

 

FYI, MS x360 has a hidden buildin webbrowser "ie7" for pre-NXE dashboard - apparently some apps still require active webbrowser to work. It is extremely difficult to access it and if you manage to encounter it, its barely usable. Theres a reason why MS disable web-browser from day -1 of x360.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

 @godzillavskong 

wow, such a desperate argument.

You know they didn't do it because Microsoft is a greedy corporation. The PS3 having a web browser had nothing to do with them being hacked.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

 @campbell153 Xbox will lose core gamers because of apps? That's a silly thing to say.  Xbox live is better now because of the apps. 

I swear you must be the only guy on live complaining about apps that you are not forced to download and use. 

c0kemusheen
c0kemusheen

 @vannacut Why are you even here? This article is about a coming xbox feature, and hear you are spouting blah blah my PS3 is so much better. Piss off you flaimbating punk. You ps3 gamer's are so ignorant and childish...

-Fable-
-Fable-

 @001011000101101 So you can stream shows on your big 55'' TV and not your little 22'' monitor - that why you will need this.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

 @Delkura A tad late? The PS2 had a internet browser as well as the wii and the ps3, hell even the dreamcast had a web browser.....lmao @ microsoft on this one. With them being a "computer" company that makes a web browser you should now have the chance to "upgrade" to a new version not just now be getting it!

trowa85
trowa85

 @jb9776 No it will be a very basic web browser with no flash or silverlight support. Just like on the wii, psp, ps vita, ps3 and 3ds all you will be able to do browse web pages and look up stuff on wikipedia no video playback of any kind and limited support of image files .

Cowbie
Cowbie

 @PeterDuck Agreed, that's a horrible rationale. If other consoles can handle a web browser, Microsoft Xbox should certainly be able to; or so you would think.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

 @Pr0ving4Gr0undz The only guy? Put me there too then. I play mostly PC now because of this. I bought a 360 as a gaming device. If the Dash, Ads, and Apps that have nothing to do with gaming were completely optional I wouldn't even care but, nope it is force on the service that you have to pay for. Xbox live is better? Maybe for you it is. I talked to many people on xbox live that felt that the console was turned into ad device. Some of those people never even came back or they have silver accounts. FYI Apps are thrown as ads in the dash. Just an extra incentive for you to download something you may or may not want.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

 @Pr0ving4Gr0undz

 I agree with him to some degree. I think the dashboard has alianated games from its streamlined look and they are harder to find.

vannacut
vannacut

 @c0kemusheen lol...how is being ignorant in any way relevant to what i said? you are being a sheep for paying for anything microsoft tells you to, whereas the alternative offers the same features for free...

ipackheat
ipackheat

The man didnt even say anything offensive. Just clearly stating that YOU SUCK DICK...sorry, i was diagnosed with touretts syndrome as a child...as i was saying, he was just stating facts. Youre the one being childish, you dickloving, cocksucking, motherfucking cunt......THATS how you swear, child.

gay4pandas
gay4pandas

 @-Fable- or you could just use a hdmi cable and hook a laptob up to your tv. have you tried surfing the web use a controller? well it sucks.

Chudamaru
Chudamaru

 @trowa85 The PS3 browser does have flash support, I use when streaming... uhm youtube... yeah youtube videos...

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

 @trowa85 You know there was video playblack on the media center web browser for xbox just no sound. 

vinion2000
vinion2000

Mike i want to totally agree with you but i cant. i think we can all agree the new dashboard it crap. It looks cluttered, boring and you can waste time looking for what really matters as well as making avatars and premium themes useless. yet once you get use to it there are things that it does better than the old and it runs faster than the avatar heavy predecessor.

 

The ads are worse but they usually have stuff that interests me so it no bother but i can see how it can bother others.  I love the concepts of having apps and the ability to simply add a feature as an app but they must add meaningful apps and not just some cash-in feature we don't need. 

 

what i don't see is how all these things impede anyone from using the device as a gaming machine. as long as there is the classic blade interface the dashboard is simply eye candy. 

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

 @pimpofdoom well honestly not built in, but you could get a disc and make it do it. I guess it was a soft "hack" or something. If you google it you can see it.