Rumour: Kinect-Controlled Internet Explorer Coming To Xbox 360

Rumour: Kinect-Controlled Internet Explorer Coming To Xbox 360

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.

Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls [The Verge]


  • I always thought their original stance was right, the console is a horrible place for browsing. Better to have it any way, I guess. My iPad’s always within reach these days when I game and that serves browsing purposes for now.

    • These days I watch all online videos via my PS3, I much prefer to be kicking back on the couch watching them on my TV than the PC monitor.

      So there’s nothing wrong with a console browser. I think what they had a problem with was giving their customers too many free entertainment alternatives. But I tend to be cynical like that.

  • i like he idea of having internet on my 360 but i never use my kinect anymore i love the kinect its alot of fun but let it die microsoft

  • Apocalypse!
    Next you’ll say they’re putting IE on windows phone and will ruin any chance they had of challenging ios and android!

  • Great…more useless crap forced on my Xbox.

    First the bad Dashboard just for Kinect (which I don’t have), then Bing (who actually uses that?), now this.

    Does, Microsoft even research their consumers?

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