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Get Ready To Shout "Chrome" At Your Xbox, IE Browser On The Way

The Chrome thing is a lie.

Apparently Microsoft are going to expand on the slightly useless Bing tool on the 360 dashboard and bring in a full browsing experience. I say “full” because it’s Internet Explorer, so chances are it’ll be similar to the desktop version, but it’s better than nothing and almost certainly better than NetFront on the PS3. Yeah, I went there.

“Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console,” says The Verge. “We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms.”

The site, citing Mr Source as normal – presumably the same one who leaked the $99 deal – says that Kinect Gestures are in there, along with voice control, although neither are mandatory. More details are expected at E3, where Microsoft is heavily rumoured to be throwing games out the window and focusing on – well – this.

Source: The Verge.

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31 Comments
  1. Phizzy
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    ‘IE is better than X’ is always a hilarious joke. Good one.

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:34.
    • Paranoimia
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      All the best jokes are based in truth! :-)

      Personally, I think it’ll be amusing. IE is such a useless, slow, PITA browser that it’ll be funny seeing Kinect navigation trying to cope when people get frustrated and start flapping their arms around in a rage.

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:38.
  2. Sympo
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Hmph, Xbox “Redtube”

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:38.
    • DapperHayden007
      Member
      Since: Apr 2011

      you mean (xbox/internet explorer/google or bing/search/redtube – lol)

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:47.
    • Sympo
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Ugh is that what you need to say? feck it too much effort.

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:49.
      • DapperHayden007
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        lol. Normally it will read the wrong words anyway. Kinect speech recognition is pretty terrible.

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:52.
      • SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        I’ve never had a problem with kinect speech recognition, only when I listen to podcast and it bings absolute random things, or while playing a game and it throws a grenade :|

        Also can’t get it to do anything but shouts in Skyrim for some reason.

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:48.
    • Mike
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      Amateur, it’s all about YouPorn ;)

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:53.
      • Jakster123x
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Actually, i regret to inform you that all the veterans are over at Pornhub. Sorry.

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:20.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Oh yeah of course, slipped my mind ;) – god bless the internet!

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:29.
      • HoboCastro
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        I have a girlfriend. :p

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:31.
      • Tienpawa
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Excuse me, but no, XNXX all the way!

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 04:20.
      • philzy85
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        xhamster!!!!!! :P

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 08:40.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Youjizz or gtfo…

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 08:59.
      • Shakugan
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        GUYS thank you for the sites! I’m no longer bored at watching the same RedTube videos.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 12:12.
  3. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    In it’s defense. IE is a lot better now and uses less RAM than Firefox. And a million times better than Netfront.

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 19:56.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Even a potato is better than the PS3’s browser.

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:15.
      • manicminer
        Banned
        Since: Feb 2012

        This comment is hidden.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 21:29.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      they’re on version 9 and it still wont open maximised after i close it maximised, i have to say, less than impressed.

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:39.
    • plutoniumdragon
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Agreed IE9 is a much better browser than its predecessors, but the problem for me is, once you are used to Firefox+NoScript, any other browser is simply annoying :)

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 23:47.
    • manicminer
      Banned
      Since: Feb 2012

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 21:30.
  4. glen421
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Didn’t Sony try this in the beginning??? Trying to be the all in one device in the living room???

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:15.
  5. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Surprised this hasn’t already happened.

    Woah, wait, you can “surf all parts of the web”? Revolutionary!

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:43.
  6. Mike
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Wasn’t MS’s stance that of Xbox never having a web browser? Bit of a U-turn there but I suppose any extra feature is a bonus!

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 20:53.
    • stage1
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      I thought that as well. Isn’t a web browser defeating a lot of what the gold membership does in the vanity of apps as well?
      *facepalm*

      Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:01.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Hopefully the site I use for streaming sports works better than on the PS3 browser ;)

        Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:30.
      • stage1
        Member
        Since: Feb 2012

        I think anything beats the PS3 browser!

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 10:17.
  7. lotrek
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Seems MS have had a better strategy this Gen then Sony who tried to sell the PS3 as a all in one multimedia device and charge £420 then take for ever for a price cut and MS sells the xbox 360 pretty cheaper as a gaming device, builds up a big userbase and eventually adds a browser, apps, iplayer/on demand players its a shame that there forgetting about the games now.

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:20.
  8. jamess109
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    are they sure they have enough RAM on the xbox for internet explorer to work. considering its the slowest browser from the competition? if not we prob be seeing BSOD’s and RROD again hahaha!

    Comment posted on 10/05/2012 at 21:39.

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