Rumor: Internet Explorer Web Browser Coming to Xbox 360
With the console already including Bing voice search for searching media across the Xbox Live and Zune marketplaces, it’s not out of the realm of possiblity that Microsoft would want to include a full-on Internet browsing experience. This only adds to their philosophy of trying to further close the gap between the Xbox being merely a game console and actually resembling a fully featured, web-based media center. Adding internet surfing functionality would mean that you would, in theory, never have to leave the comfort of your couch or console.
But if my experiences with past console web browsers are any indication, the experience could be far from fluid or enjoyable. Though, rumors from the same source claim that there will be integrated Kinect functionality, such as gestures, that will help tune the browser for a more enhanced, controller-less experience.
Given that this project is underway and Kinect functionality is integrated well, we might just have a new, comfortable way to surf the web mouse and keyboard-less. The Xbox 360 already has YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, ESPN, and MLB – so why not go ahead and include the entirety of the Internet? Not a bad addition — if it’s free with Xbox Live Gold, that is.
With E3 right around the corner, I expect that if an announcement is planned, it’ll be executed during the Microsoft press conference.
Would you be interested in a web browser for the Xbox? Would you use it?
[via The Verge]