According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently in the testing phases for a fully Kinect-enabled version of Internet Explorer 9 for the Xbox 360. While the release of Bing on the 360 has been useful for finding media and games, it’s been pretty limited for other things. According to sources, though, Bing will now be able to fully search the web and actually function as a search engine; finally giving the Xbox a feature that it’s competitors have had for years.
The Kinect integration is reported to use both gestures and voice to allow the user to browse the web. However, while it it optimized for Kinect, it is not mandatory and gamers can still use their controllers if they wish. There’s no word on when we can expect to see Internet Explorer hit the Xbox, though with E3 just a month away I’m sure Microsoft will have something to reveal about it during their press conference.
I must say that my interest is certainly piqued. One thing that I enjoyed when I still had my Wii was its simple, yet pretty functional web browser. There was a time when my computer was completely borked and I had to rely on the console’s modified Opera browser to get my gaming news fix; it did its job quite well. The PS3′s web browser from my experience isn’t so good. It has give me plenty of lockups and overall it just feels pretty clunky. Microsoft has been developing Internet Explorer for almost two decades at this point, so I’m expecting them to outdo Sony and Nintendo’s attempts with ease. Though with the inconsistent quality of apps on the system lately, I’ll remain a little bit cautious.
Source: The Verge