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RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

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Matt Gardner
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Bing, IE9, Internet browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

There are a few rumours afoot today, with the latest suggesting that Microsoft have a Kinect-controlled Internet Explorer experience in the pipeline for Xbox 360. It would make sense, after all, the Xbox 360 is the only console that currently doesn't have one.

According to The Verge, sources have suggested that "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console", which will allow gamers to access the entirety of the web from their armchairs. Although "tuned for Kinect usage", the report says that it won't be mandatory, and that you'll be able to surf with a normal controller, as with the rest of the Metro apps currently on Xbox LIVE.

The Xbox 360 already boasts incorporates Bing functionality, and further details are expected at E3 next month.

 

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Anarchist  May. 11, 2012 at 13:07

Spectacular u turn again by MS. Although its about bloody time,

phil16  May. 11, 2012 at 13:49

And whats the betting it needs a gold membership? I'd rather stick to free browsing Microsoft (and IE free!).

RiKx  May. 11, 2012 at 14:49

Desperate attempt to make people use IE. lol.

DivideByZero  May. 11, 2012 at 21:24

I use IE and like it. Early versions were pants but 7 and 8 are great... 9 is again a bit wonky and 10 is still pants, though still in testing phase.

I find stuff like Firefox and Chrome have so many bugs they just annoy me... sadly the world and its cat use Chrome and FF and I end up supporting and fixing other peoples issues. Meh.

MattGardner  May. 12, 2012 at 16:12

I love Chrome, but its temperamental relationship with Flash is really starting to **** me off now.

RiKx  May. 12, 2012 at 16:25

Maybe I don't visit enough different sites but I never really have a problem with chrome. Except silverlight on xp with chrome but hey that's kinda expected...

MattGardner  May. 12, 2012 at 16:34

In fairness, in any of them when you've got twenty content-rich tabs open at once, things can get a little tasty.

wquach  May. 14, 2012 at 08:14

In fairness, in any of them when you've got twenty content-rich tabs open at once, things can get a little tasty.


Amen Matt, amen.

Chrome with 20ish tabs + Flash = constant "Shockwave has stopped working" errors galore.

And I've tried reinstalling and doing all sorts of business. Hasn't fixed the issue.

DivideByZero  May. 14, 2012 at 12:01

Doesn't need 20 tabs, flash on one tab often dies with Chome, as do other plugins. Everyone seems to tolerate how much it goes wrong, purely because it's not by Microsoft.

wquach  May. 14, 2012 at 12:22

Doesn't need 20 tabs, flash on one tab often dies with Chome, as do other plugins. Everyone seems to tolerate how much it goes wrong, purely because it's not by Microsoft.


It's interesting because on my comp., IE9 runs like crap. 5 tabs open and the thing barely runs -- YouTube vids become lag shows.

I've tested Waterfox (my lappy is 64-bit), Chrome, and IE9 and out of the three, Chrome performs the best under heavy tab loads (25+) but Waterfox is the most stable in terms of plugins and Flash. And then I have IE around because my school's lectures only play correctly on IE+Silverlight.

If Chrome's stability with plugins was sorted out, I'd be set.

I'll prolly take a look at IE10.

Last edited by wquach, May. 14, 2012 at 12:24

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