Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls

Microsoft has been courting controversy today with the news that the only browser to be made available on Windows RT – the ARM version of the new Windows 8 OS – will be Internet Explorer 10. But Microsoft product users might be a little more pleased with the news that the company is bringing IE to another corner of its empire: the Xbox 360.

With the last major Dashboard update a few months back, Microsoft introduced Bing voice search results to the Xbox, but unlike on other platforms – which search the web and give you unlimited results – Bing search on the Xbox is limited to serving up media content only. But The Verge reports that Microsoft is now testing a “modified version of Internet Explorer 9” on the console, which will bring full web browsing capabilities to the Xbox 360 for the first time.

Like Bing on the Xbox 360, the console’s browser will offer both voice and gesture controls. At this stage, there’s no information yet on when the new browser will launch, but Tom Warren’s suggestion that it may be announced at E3 next month certainly makes sense to us.

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Jose_49 said,
The IE to the 360 shouldn't come as a surprise. Even the Wii has a web browser.

and what kind of webbrowser cant even load videos bigger then 10minutes

Not sure if I really need this, personally. Not complaining, though... an added feature is an added feature. I'd just like them to update the Facebook app. It's very impractical right now.

Anthony Tosie said,
Not sure if I really need this, personally. Not complaining, though... an added feature is an added feature. I'd just like them to update the Facebook app. It's very impractical right now.

I wish they'd update the YouTube app. It's not very useful right now with the poor (or downright missing) support for subscriptions, channels, related videos, likes, comments, etc...

Anthony Tosie said,
Not sure if I really need this, personally. Not complaining, though... an added feature is an added feature. I'd just like them to update the Facebook app. It's very impractical right now.

Isn't that kind of up to facebook?

I don't think that image is an official image. Microsoft haven't actually announced the browser yet either - it's just rumoured.

~Johnny said,
I don't think that image is an official image. Microsoft haven't actually announced the browser yet either - it's just rumoured.

Good point. Guess we shall find out in due time.

i'm surprised that Facebook and Twitter haven't gotten their Metro on for Xbox yet.
those two apps desperately need an update.
and i wouldn't object to a "Channel 9" Xbox 360 app either.

ikyouCrow said,
i'm surprised that Facebook and Twitter haven't gotten their Metro on for Xbox yet.
those two apps desperately need an update.
and i wouldn't object to a "Channel 9" Xbox 360 app either.

I don't think Twitter is a native app, hopefully that'll change because it definitely needs a major update.

only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.

neonspark said,
only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.

They are not going to put a beta browser on the Xbox 360. lol You can bet they will update it like they did on Windows Phone when IE 10 goes final (assuming this information is true)

neonspark said,
only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.

What are you going on about? Why wouldn't they update it to IE10? It's just another app on the 360, all the other apps get updates, the dashboard itself gets a major update every year. And they didn't put IE6 on Windows Phone, you need to read up on something. Windows Phone 7.5 has IE9 on it right now.

neonspark said,
only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.

They are putting a browser BASED on IE9 onto the Xbox, NOT IE9 itself. Troll harder.

neonspark said,
only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.


Something's seriously wrong with you.
You're juding on something you haven't seen, haven't used. IE10 is still in development...
They're probably just testing how it works on a console.
TESTING. YOu heard me?

neonspark said,
only idiotic Microsoft would put the BROWSER they are about to render obsolete on the xbox...what are they thinking seriously. did they learn nothing about what happened when they put IE 6 on windows phone?

Microsoft people: you are dumb. seriously. And it's a shame really that nobody in that company talks to the division next door. the xbox guys probably never even seen IE10. what a failure of a company.

IE10 isn't released, if they are putting this out now or next month, it needs to be IE9 based or it would be a buggy mess. When IE10 is released, they can simply 'update' the XBox. (This is not a close product that doesn't get updated. It is called XBox not Android.)

IE6 on Windows Phone? Ya, like 9 years ago on PocketPC. Windows Mobile 4 or 5 years ago had a variation of IE6 that was closer to IE7 even.


Windows PHONE shipped with a variation of IE7/IE8 and was updated to IE9 a couple of months after IE9 was released on the PC.

So ya, Microsoft big failure to release IE9 on WP7 a couple of months after it was released on the PC.
** Never mind the engine code is identical to the desktop version of IE9, which is impressive, as Android's browser doesn't line up with Chrome on the desktop this closely.
** Also never mind that IE9 on WP7 is fully GPU accelerated for processing as well as rendering and composition. Something neither browser on iOS or Android do or perform as well, especially on graphically heavy HTML5 and RIA sites..


Really? Wow.

xpclient said,
Xbox 360 is based on a pre-Vista OS technology (DX9) but is getting IE9. Hmm interesting.

Not interesting at all. It's a "modified version of Internet Explorer 9", clearly with just basic web browsing abilities, and none of the fancy stuff that IE9 introduced that requires the graphics hardware acceleration capabilities of Vista and above.

TCLN Ryster said,

Not interesting at all. It's a "modified version of Internet Explorer 9", clearly with just basic web browsing abilities, and none of the fancy stuff that IE9 introduced that requires the graphics hardware acceleration capabilities of Vista and above.

Another possibility is that they're updating the Xbox OS

JonathanMarston said,

Another possibility is that they're updating the Xbox OS

Possible I guess, but unlikely. They're not going to be spending that much developmental effort on a console at the end of its lifespan.

NXTwoThou said,
What version of direct-x is WP7.5? Its probably a gesture controlled version of that version of IE9.

This is a guess but I think it's DX10 mobile or however they call it.

xpclient said,
Xbox 360 is based on a pre-Vista OS technology (DX9) but is getting IE9. Hmm interesting.

Actually.. .Nope.

Technically the XBox 360 DirectX technologies are closer to DX11 of Windows 7, than even DX10 or DX9.

The version of NT in the XBox 360 is the 'first' fork of the NT tree with a preliminary variation of the WDM/WDDM technologies of Vista/7 and the new video model.

The XBox 360 GPU design is what all DX10 and DX11 GPU technology today is based upon, as it was the first GPU to use a new on-board DMA technology, a new BUS transfer technique, RAM/VRAM sharing/virtualization technology, along with brilliant unified shader cores and stream processing.

These features of the GPU are important for GP-GPU operations. Without the GPU design in the XBox 360, and it being an architectural design reference for all PC GPUs today, things like CUDA 2.x and DirectCompute and even OpenCL GPU operations would not be possible as they exist today. (I say PC, but it includes the video cards in Macs, as well as some of the GPUs in devices as well.)

IE9 uses the GPU for things beyond 'rendering' but it can be accomplished on even a DirectX9 level of hardware and traditional VS/PS shaders (although they are tricked into doing more than strict VS/PS operations.)

However, to do this or run IE9 properly, the OS must have specific features of the WDDM/WDM.

XP used a completely different video model and video driver model, and can't do what the XBox 360 does or Vista/Win7 because its XPDM can't do what the newer WDDM can and it also works completely differently all through the OS.


There is a TON of brilliant technology in the WDDM/WDM. Some of which still does not yet exist on any other OS. Cool things like the kernel level GPU process/thread scheduler that lets Windows provide GPU SMP technologies as well as the maintain fluidity and responsiveness by offering preemptive GPU thread multi-tasking. (This is why running something like Crysis in a Window along with the 3D Aero/DWM composer and other 3D games and applications using GP-GPU operations all stay fluid, as the OS is handling the GPU and the threads, instead of depending on the Games and Applications yielding, and locking the GPU at times.)


So because the XBox 360 was the 'origin' of the GPU and WDDM/WDM technologies that Vista was created from, it DOES support the base DirectX and OS level WDDM features needed for IE9 to do GP-GPU and also thread off GPU rendering at the same time and also thread out final composition and maintain vector 'lightness' for dynamic web content.


If you want a better example, the video model of WP7 borrows features of the WDDM/WDM of Vista/Win7. Which is why the UI of WP7 is fully accelerated making it fluid and fast, which also provides the GPU and video model features for IE9 to run accelerated on WP7 as well.


So...

The XBox 360 version of NT and the video model in the XBox 360 are closer to Vista/Win7 than XP, and supports the technologies IE9 needs, as they partially came from the XBox 360 OS and GPU work.


(A bit too long of an answer; however, I hope it makes sense and was worth it.)

thenetavenger said,

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good read i knew some of this but not some of the details concerning the sharing technologies between xbox, NT and WP
Reading these kinda things, really shows the strength of microsoft and no other company even coming close to the developing capabilities of MS

Microsoft has been courting controversy today with the news that the only browser to be made available on Windows RT- the ARM version of the new Windows 8 OS - will be Internet Explorer 10.

This is such a blantant lie...

JonathanMarston said,

This is such a blantant lie...

Yeah, it should be pointed out that it's only IE10 on the "desktop" all other browsers will be metro only for Windows RT.

JonathanMarston said,

This is such a blantant lie...


You dragged the words out of my mind. It's the same shi t of bull that Apple came when Apple Store was released, and now look at it.

glad to hear that.. just not glad that it's IE hehe (i know it cant be another, hope it do a decent job).. just no happy because i cant use voice commands logged into my pt-br live acc.. the voice cmds should work for all langs (ofc, you must speak in english)

Jason Stillion said,
However this will be IE with no plugin support.

What do you need plug-in support on the 360 for? Flash? If you want to watch a youtube vid then IE will probably just open the video in the Youtube app that's already on the 360.

GP007 said,

What do you need plug-in support on the 360 for? Flash? If you want to watch a youtube vid then IE will probably just open the video in the Youtube app that's already on the 360.


What if I want to watch YouPorn ?

Kwanza said,

What if I want to watch YouPorn ?

If you are doing this on your XBox, it is time to consider going outside and meeting someone. Then the porn is less needed.