Of the three major game consoles of the current generation, the Xbox 360 is the only one without its own web browser. It seems like a curious omission, especially considering Microsoft knows a thing or two about surfing the information superhighway. That may all change very soon: The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is not only poised to release a version of its Internet Explorer software on the Xbox 360, but the new surfing tool will come complete with Kinect motion and voice controls.
The Xbox 360 is no stranger to online connectivity, as the system already showcases several social apps including Facebook and Twitter, not to mention streaming media programs like Hulu and Netflix. There's even an integrated Bing search feature to help you find information about your console. Adding a web browser is likely not all that difficult for Microsoft, but the timing of such an addition is quite interesting.
Once the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii hit the market, many consumers were confused as to why Microsoft's system was the only one without a web browsing app. But that was six years ago, and anyone outraged by the missing feature has had plenty of time to completely forget about it. Not much else is currently known about the Kinect-capable Internet Explorer, but we're likely to hear plenty more about it at the E3 conference which takes place in early June.
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