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Internet Explorer Rumored to be Heading to Xbox 360

By - Source: Slashgear | B 40 comments

The latest Xbox 360 rumor is that Internet Explorer will be an app, allowing users to surf the Web using Kinect.

Now that the Xbox 360 subsidized bundle is out of the bag and disappointing gamers nationwide, here's something new we may hear about during E3 2012: Internet Explorer coming to Microsoft's current console.

From the start, Microsoft has wanted to provide an entertainment hub for the living room, a place where family members can sit down, boot up the device, and listen to music, watch movies, and play games. The first Xbox really didn't fit that vision, and both Xbox Live and broadband was still in its infancy. It wasn't until the second-generation console arrived before the Xbox label became synonymous with the "entertainment hub" term.

Over the years, the Xbox 360 has become more than just a gaming console capable of playing movies. It's a media and social hub, and as of late, a makeshift cable box for streaming live TV. The gadget's multimedia aspect will broaden even more over 2012 as Microsoft works to bring even more TV content to the device. But there's one ingredient missing that even the Nintendo Wii can provide: Internet browsing.

Frankly it never made sense why the Xbox 360 -- which is PC-like in so many ways -- never allowed users to surf the Internet. But that's supposedly changing thanks to the latest rumor. Internet Explorer will supposedly be added to the list of apps already available for the console, and feature support for Kinect so that customers can use voice and gesture-based controls to navigate the Web. The browser will also be integrated into the console's social functions and Microsoft's Bing search engine that's already in place in the new Metro-like dashboard.

Still, don't have Kinect? Sources claim that Internet Explorer will still be usable, just "less than ideal" because its fine-tuned for Kinect. Of course, users could always plug in a USB keyboard for typing, but cursor management would be handled by the controller. Ok, maybe that setup is less than ideal after all.

Because this is a rumor, take it with a grain of salt until Microsoft makes the news official. Chances of Internet Explorer hitting the Xbox 360 console are high given that the browser is losing market share to Firefox and Chrome. There may also be other gaming-based reasons why Microsoft would add Internet Explorer, reasons we may soon discover next month at E3 2012.

Still, adding a Web browser opens up a whole new can of worms for Microsoft. Next thing you know, Mozilla and Google will be crying about their browsers not appearing on the console. Nintendo and Sony can get away with using integrated browsers on their devices because they're not actively competing in the browser market. That said, Internet Explorer on the Xbox 360 may simply be a rumor after all.

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    bourgeoisdude , May 11, 2012 2:10 PM
    "Next thing you know, Mozilla and Google will be crying about their browsers not appearing on the console."

    Yep that's exactly what I was thinking.
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    Chainzsaw , May 11, 2012 2:48 PM
    I find browsing in my PS3 to be painful. I suspect the 360 will be no different.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 2:10 PM
    I think I speak for everyone here when I say "Hell yes!" Just what I needed to entice me to use a console controller (don't have Kinect) to navigate the web (as if my phone, with good controls/interface, isn't already available in the living room...): the incredible web browser that is Internet Explorer!

    /sarcasm
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    chuckydb , May 11, 2012 2:10 PM
    Great.... only 7 years late!!!!
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    bourgeoisdude , May 11, 2012 2:10 PM
    "Next thing you know, Mozilla and Google will be crying about their browsers not appearing on the console."

    Yep that's exactly what I was thinking.
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    xXmjzXx , May 11, 2012 2:25 PM
    lol oh really a shitty internet browser on the xbox oh just what it needs Internet-Explorer what a joke....
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    TheBigTroll , May 11, 2012 2:41 PM
    internet explorer sucks. google chrome is the best
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    Chainzsaw , May 11, 2012 2:48 PM
    I find browsing in my PS3 to be painful. I suspect the 360 will be no different.
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    gavenr , May 11, 2012 3:14 PM
    I would rather have Opera .. but IE would probably be my second choice... Probably since Firefox always has updates and google chrome is not layed out the way i like.

    Also why do this now, I stopped playing consoles 2 years ago when I felt like they should have updated the hardware.. Waiting patiently for the XBOX 720..
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    headscratcher , May 11, 2012 3:15 PM
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    Frankly it never made sense why the Xbox 360 -- which is PC-like in so many ways -- never allowed users to surf the Internet.

    XBOX Live has never been down for a month because it got hacked. I like the walled garden that it is. If I want to check stuff out on the internet, I have multiple computers and phones.
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    unionoob , May 11, 2012 3:37 PM
    I think they should let people to use Windows phone as keyboard for typing.
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    phamhlam , May 11, 2012 3:46 PM
    unionoobI think they should let people to use Windows phone as keyboard for typing.


    You can actually. It has the Xbox Companion app which lets you control your Xbox from your phone.
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    phamhlam , May 11, 2012 3:47 PM
    BigMack70Wow there's some serious love for Internet Explorer going on here based on all the downvoting.You guys need to stop living in the dark ages of internet browsing and move on to Firefox/Chrome/etc. IE really is the bottom of the barrel in just about every respect.


    Seriously, you must have not used IE in a long time. IE9 is up to par with Google and Firefox.
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    zak_mckraken , May 11, 2012 3:51 PM
    Kevin ParrishNow that the Xbox 360 subsidized bundle is out of the bag and disappointing gamers nationwide

    I'm pretty sure I've told you to stick to the facts Kevin. Why would gamers be disappointed of a subsidized Xbox? What in this can possibly hinder their gaming experience?

    I think IE on the Xbox is an "okay" idea. No more, no less. Every device out there have a direct access to the web : computers, tablets, phones. Even the PS3 had this since 2006. It's a "me too" move. The experience won't be awkward, but it won't be fluid either. At least, maybe MS will make it easier to use a keyboard/mouse on Xbox.
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    jkflipflop98 , May 11, 2012 4:01 PM
    headscratcherXBOX Live has never been down for a month because it got hacked. I like the walled garden that it is. If I want to check stuff out on the internet, I have multiple computers and phones.



    So.. . . dumb. . . don't know. . . where. . . to begin. . . mockery. . .
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    phamhlam , May 11, 2012 4:10 PM
    BigMack70Seriously, you must not have used Chrome or Firefox in a long time. IE9 is not up to par with Google and Firefox. Like I said, people who use IE are people who like living in the web browsing dark ages.You IE fans need to read some more up to date articles.That was in February and both Chrome and Firefox have continued to improve since then.Downvote all you like, it doesn't make Internet Explorer any less of a lousy browser.


    I don't know what but using all 3 service, they render my page and at the same speed (less than 1 second). IE takes less than 1 second to start up. I don't care for browser benchmark. I care for real world speed. All of my website loads properly and I get to quickly access them from the taskbar using pin website. People should stop looking at benchmarks and start using it themselves to see which on they feel suits their need. Just don't go around saying IE is not up to par because having all 3 run side to side, they feel the same.
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    3dsmaxusr01 , May 11, 2012 4:39 PM
    The ChatPad for the xbox gamepad would work for IE.
    BigMack70Who wants to browse the internet on their Xbox 360? Without a keyboard, it's pointless...

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    fulle , May 11, 2012 4:48 PM
    This is good news!

    Obviously a site like this one would not be something you'd want to view on your big screen in the living room... but, web video content is actually something people want on their consoles.

    Currently, the Xbox360 and PS3 are limited to a handful of dedicated apps for their ability to stream video from the web. Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Youtube apps, among others (like Amazon, Vudu, etc etc). But, what about the rest of the web? The Xbox360 currently has no browser, and the PS3 browser isn't usable. Meaning, tough luck.

    As a side effect, if Microsoft puts out a decent browser it might force Sony to do the same.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 5:15 PM
    Well great, prepare for malware and Trojans infecting Xbox360s in the near future !
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    blackened144 , May 11, 2012 6:13 PM
    Would the kinect motions for control change when browsing pr0n?
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    NuclearShadow , May 11, 2012 6:35 PM
    I worry about parental controls if this does come true. Games and official Microsoft content are much easier when it comes to monitoring and stopping your kids from getting into things you don't want them to. But when you have a browser that is capable of surfing the internet even the best parental controls
    are heavily flawed for browsers. I would hope that this feature is possible to block entirely.
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    drwho1 , May 11, 2012 6:38 PM
    Good, now we just need Google Chrome on PSN.
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