Edge Chromium browser to soon launch on Xbox as Microsoft begins public testing

The improved Microsoft Edge arrives for the Xbox consoles for select group of users.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 15:31 IST
Xbox Series X may soon get Chromium Edge browser
Xbox Series X may soon get Chromium Edge browser (HT Tech)
Xbox Series X may soon get Chromium Edge browser
Xbox Series X may soon get Chromium Edge browser (HT Tech)

Microsoft has begun testing the new Chromium-based Edge browser for Xbox consoles. The browser is currently available to Xbox tester in the Alpha Skip-Ahead group, reports TheVerge. The browser can be accessed on the Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

According to the report, the new browser on Xbox will give users access to websites they want to surf on the controller. The Edge browser also brings support for Google's Stadia cloud-based streaming platform. The browser is also likely to help users play more browser-based games. It is also likely to allow users to access web versions of apps like Skype.

Since the browser is in the testing phase, users may experience a few bugs.

According to a separate report, the UI on Edge for Xbox brings refined controller input. As of now, there is no support for the mouse and keyboard. Users can also expect the core Edge features to be available on the browser. For instance, it has support for extensions, Collections, and other desktop features.

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The latest update comes after Microsoft introduced vertical tabs on its Edge browser. As it implies, the browser now allows users to move the tabs on the left pane, instead of the conventional horizontal tabs on the top. Users also have the option to revert the changes. The vertical tabs are said to be aimed at modern 16:9 monitors and laptops.

Apart from vertical tabs, Edge browser has also received some minor improvements. For example, when you open history, the browser will show you a dropdown from the toolbar instead of covering the screen with a full-page view. It is said to help users to manage history while accessing core browser features such as search and open. You can learn more about the latest improvements to the Edge browser here.

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First Published Date: 08 Mar, 09:38 IST
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