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Smart Glass, Internet Explorer Coming to 360

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Microsoft has just announced that it is bringing Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360. This will be the first time that the Microsoft console has been home to a proper web browser and it looks like the most fully-featured console browser available (which is not difficult…)

The stage demo showed it working with voice control, smartphone and linking into their new “Smart Glass” system, essentially interactivity between your console and a second screen like a smartphone or tablet. It looks like Windows Phones or tablets only, which is a shame. Smartglass even provides peripheral information on the extra device, so you can get extra information on TV shows or movies.

Internet Explorer on Xbox 360 ran an HD movie trailer for Prometheus which actually spoils one of the best tense moments of the movie so perhaps skip ahead a minute or two if you’re watching a recap…

All in all, it looked very impressive but Smart Glass is going to need to embrace iOS and Android if they want it to hit a wider audience and there’s no surefire way to be totally confident in Internet Explorer on 360 – we’ve been burned by that particular browser many times before.

Update: We’ve checked and it seems that Smart Glass will also be available on iOS and Android, so that’s a bonus!

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30 Comments
  1. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Smartglass has the potential to be amazing, will need to see/hear more about the details, but definite potential to be a game-changer there.

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:27.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      And something Sony should have been doing since the PSP/PS3/Ericsson era. SIGH.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:28.
      • Kamokazi-UK
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        I agree, hence the ‘like’ box which in turn I ‘Like’.

        Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:30.
      • blast71
        Member
        Since: May 2012

        me 2

        Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:46.
    • ThoughtPolice
      Member
      Since: May 2012

      Sounds like just a proprietary version of DLNA push..

      It also sounds like someone hasn’t tried the PS3’s browser lately. It’s ALOT better than it used to be, it even outscores Internet Explorer on HTML5Test.com

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:47.
      • colossalblue
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        tested it out about four months ago and it barely worked. Java support was abysmal, HTML5 not great either. Only thing worse was the Vita browser. Have they made it work since then?

        Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:01.
      • TROPtastic
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Yeah both the PS3 browser and the Vita browser actually score higher than Internet Explorer 8, but to be fair, that isn’t that hard considering IE 8 is garbage.

        As far as usability goes, I cannot vouch for the Vita browser since I don’t have a Vita, but the PS3’s browser is actually pretty good. The main reason (apart from having a good computer with Chrome) I don’t use it more often is that I can’t seem to get YouTube videos to display in HD…

        Other than that, it’s a decent browser for something running off a console.

        Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 23:30.
  2. bluetemplar
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Think I’m missing something about this – if you’ve got a phone or tablet in your hand – why would you use it to control IE on your console rather than just use the browser on the device??

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:47.
    • fattyuk
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      it’s more than that you can use smart glass as a 2nd screen for games

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:59.
      • bluetemplar
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Yeah I got that bit, it seems pretty cool – I just didnt get the bit about using the browser, with the emphasis being on using a second internet connected device – seemed a bit redundant

        Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:01.
  3. fattyuk
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Only for windows phones and tablets?

    it said iPhone and iPad aswell

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 18:58.
    • Spence1115
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      And Android.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:06.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      It was confirmed for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile OS (whatever it’s called) as well as Windows 8.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:08.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yep, they brushed over it a bit and then talked a lot about “tablets” and “smartphones”.
      It’s easy to miss things when you’ve got three screens of stuff to keep track of and you’re trying to write up the story! Amended the article now :)

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:11.
  4. Mickey2010
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    The Internet explore stole the show for me! Also Tomb Raider looked epic

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:04.
  5. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    “the xbox will never have a browser” they said.
    HA.

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:06.
    • TROPtastic
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      But, but, Xbox still won’t have a real browser… :P

      Joking aside, if Microsoft can put something akin to IE 10 on the 360, then that would be pretty impressive. However, if they put something like IE 8, then that’s not very impressive.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 23:35.
  6. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Matt and Trey ripping on this was hilarious.
    For me, these were the only two things that were great about the conference. Everything else was a bit ‘meh’.

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:07.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      I also liked the embarassing silence that came every time after the word “Kinect” was spoken during the “hold for applause”.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:22.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      yeah, definitely the most entertaining couple of minutes of the show.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:27.
  7. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Smart Glass, it’s like a big middle finger @ Nintendo’s Wii U.
    “With the devices you already own.”

    This could be huge, I wonder if Sony has something similar up their sleeve.

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:12.
  8. seedaripper1973
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Well colour me unimpressed, here’s hoping the other shows (mainly Sony) come up with the goods (6 years for a bloody browser, woopdeedoo)

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:14.
  9. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Having iOS, Android capability is brilliant, they’ve smashed the Wii U controller. Sony can utilise remote play with PSP + Vita, although the downside is they’re expensive to buy.

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:18.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Why the heck did they have to spoil Promethus!? WHY!? Why not show a clip from a film from a few years ago or even better, from Aliens?

    It has potential if used correctly but i think most gamers would prefer to use one device at a time. I know i do. As for IE, still better then the PS3 browser. But i wonder if we can download FF or Chrome onto the 360 to replace it?

    Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:22.
    • stage1
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      With MS known for locking down the 360, I don’t think it will be an option.

      Comment posted on 04/06/2012 at 19:24.

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