In yet another evolution of Xbox rumour, The Verge reports today that Microsoft’s game console will be adding full web-browsing functionality with a special version of their Internet Explorer software.
The article claims that users won’t need to have the Kinect motion-sensing accessory to use the modified browser, but the software’s been tuned to work with gestural input. This version of IE will also reportedly use the Bing voice recognition search to initiate searches and deliver webpages.
This rumour has the ring of truth since it’s a conceptual extension of the same thinking that brought Bing to the Xbox 360. Integration of social networks like Twitter and Facebook has existed on the 360 for a while now, but there’s been a conspicuous lack of robust web-browsing on the home console. The Verge successfully outed the existence of the $99 subsidized Xbox 360, so they may be on the money here as well.