Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself, "Self, I really wish I could browse the internet with ease and style on my massive television. Why isn't there a way for me to do this?"
Just me then.
Fortunately, I've got a direct line to Microsoft and persuaded them to revamp Internet Explorer, improve the experience, and incorporate it into the Xbox One. Let's dive in together and find out exactly how amazing this marriage is going to be.
Let's start with three promises from Microsoft's Internet Explorer Team:
First, the sites you love on the web do more than just work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. Because we built Internet Explorer for Xbox One with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, your favorite sites are going to look amazing on a television.
Things will work... OK... We're off to a rolling start!
Second, how you navigate the web is up to you. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app.
Multiple ways to input. Sounds good!
Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One.
Also Good: Carrying over pins and favorites for a seamless experience.
Beyond those three promises the IE team has made other big improvements in the browser experience on Xbox One. They have:
* Increased support for modern web standards by over 200% from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.
* Added browser features that you know and love from your Windows PC – website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track.
* Increased integration with Xbox SmartGlass so you can use your smartphone or tablet to not only navigate Internet Explorer on Xbox One, but be able to move websites back and forth from your television to your phone or tablet.
As has been previously mentioned in a wide variety of places, the ability to snap screens together will allow you to browse through IE (possibly on a TA guide) while playing a game.
The new input functions through Kinect will also allow users voice and gesture commands for the IE experience while also allowing them to save your most visited sites (Hello, TA!) and your favorites. Microsoft has said that voice commands like "Browse to" and "Click On" will be highly used and that IE will understand the words you speak afterwards to provide an accurate and easy experience.
When it comes to gesture-based commands, the team at Microsoft has said that you'll just need to reach out and grab the pages you want after which you can scroll, zoom, and pan through the page using simple hand gestures.
I'm sure some of you have had traumatic experiences trying to use IE on your 360, but have these steps and commitment to improvement convinced you to give it another shot on the One?
The Xbox One is set to hit retailers on November 22nd.