Xbox testers in the Alpha lineup can now access the new Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X or Xbox One platforms.
And while full mouse and keyboard support is still missing, the browser works as you’d expect with Xbox, with few bugs in this initial beta.
The Microsoft Edge browser powered by Chromium across the Xbox platform is a bonus for those who want to access websites through the console.
The browser now also provides access to Google’s Stadia streaming service, thanks to improved Chromium compatibility support.
Compatibility should also be improved with browser-based games and web services such as Skype or Discord.
This early beta appears to include the same sync engine used across Edge, with support for add-ons, vertical tabs, groups, and most of the desktop browser features.
Support for the current old version of Microsoft Edge across Windows desktops ends on March 9, and Microsoft’s testing of this updated browser suggests that it may reach all Xbox platforms soon.
It is reported that the initial release of Edge used Microsoft’s local engine called Spartan, but the new version uses the Chromium engine.
By replacing the browser with what appears to be the same version of Windows 10, browsing the web across Xbox platforms should be a lot easier after this update reaches everyone.
Microsoft Edge brings all the basic features and features seen with previous platforms, but with the advantage that the user interface is designed for use across Xbox platforms.
It is good to see that Microsoft is moving towards unifying Edge across every platform that runs the browser, as the old browser via Xbox was so bad and in need of an update, and this update should reach the platforms in the near future.
The latest Xbox Alpha skip ahead build includes the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge pic.twitter.com/C34d59UYuJ
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 6, 2021