At E3 2012, Microsoft announced its plans to help complete a chapter it helped open more than 15 years ago with WebTV: Internet Explorer is coming to the Xbox.
Game consoles have had web browsers since the days of the Dreamcast, but the experience has remained resolutely terrible. Microsoft is hoping to change that by integrating Kinect Voice actions with the browser, as well as making your smartphone or tablet a remote control that can control the page you’re on.
To us, this approach is really smart. I’ve used a lot of TV web browsers over the years and the only experience I can actually stand using for any period of time is using my iPhone and HippoRemote Pro (iTunes link) to control the browsing experience of a Mac mini or Windows 7 HTPC.
Microsoft demoed some of the gesture support that IE for Xbox will have and it looks great. One of the sites Microsoft showed off was the Project Prometheus website for Fox’s upcoming film, Prometheus. Microsoft and the IE team built an HTML5 experience for the site, so it makes sense that it would be one of the websites displayed to the public.
By waiting to bring a web browser to its console, it looks like Microsoft has learned from the mistakes that Sony, Nintendo, Sega, Google and others have made over the years. We like where it is going. Internet Explorer will be available for Xbox in the second half of 2012.
What do you think of IE on Xbox 360? In the comments, let us know your thoughts.
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