Microsoft may bring IE9 to Xbox 360


People play a Kinect boxing game on an XBox 360 gaming console at the Microsoft booth at CES in January 2011. (Steve Marcus/REUTERS)

Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources. The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it’s limited to media results. Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer browser for Xbox will expand on this functionality to open up a full browser for the console. We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms.

Microsoft has also integrated Kinect gestures and voice control heavily into the experience, allowing Xbox owners to quickly search using the existing Bing functionality and pull up relevant web pages. Kinect support is not mandatory according to our sources, but the browser is said to be tuned for Kinect usage. There’s no word on a launch date for Internet Explorer on Xbox, but with E3 on the horizon we’d expect to hear the official details from Microsoft in a matter of weeks.

This article originally appeared on theverge.com as Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer 9 browing to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls .

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