Xbox gets a new Edge browser that can play Stadia games, access Discord, and more

Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox dashboard that includes an updated version of the Edge browser. After six months of testing, the Chromium version of Edge is now available to all existing Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X consoles, and the new capabilities allow Xbox owners to stream Google Stadia games, access Discord on the web, and lots more.

The Xbox version of Edge looks almost identical to the version available on PC or Mac. It even includes features like vertical tabs and Collections. Like Edge on PC and mobile, the Xbox version also syncs all your settings, favorites, tabs, and web history. The only feature it’s really missing is extensions, and the ability to switch into developer mode to alter User Agent strings or access a console.

The new Edge browser on Xbox.

Edge also supports mouse and keyboard, so you can access things like Word or Excel online, or even Google Stadia games via keyboard and mouse or the Xbox controller. While Xbox doesn’t have a Discord app yet, you can access the web version with this new version of Edge. Discord will let you join voice calls and participate in text channel chats, but microphone support isn’t available, unfortunately.

This new Edge browser is a big improvement over what existed on Xbox before, and you can even use it to access Steam PC games or web games like Krunker or Quake JS. Nvidia is still, bizarrely, blocking access to its GeForce Now streaming service through Edge. We’ve asked Nvidia multiple times why it continues to block Edge in general, but the company only said in April that it’s simply “investigating Edge browser support for the future.”

The new Microsoft Edge browser for Xbox is available to all Xbox consoles today.

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After using it for the last 6 months or so I’d have to disagree with the premise that it’s a massive improvement on the previous one. Some things are better but really the previous version worked far better with a controller than new edge

Does this make Xbox a general purpose computer?

Basically yes? It wouldn’t be crazy at all for offices to equip your typical drone with an Xbox that they treat like a Chromebook (Chromebox? That’s a thing right?) or "zero client". You’ll get massively better performance out of a $300 Series S than any $300 SFF PC.

And for $12 you can dev unlock it and install all the emulators you want. The Series S runs Dreamcast and GameCube games at full speed!

I see what you did there, but no. Swapping out browsers does not a general purpose computer make.

Is a Chromebook a "general purpose computer"? I’d certainly argue that it is, but all you get access to as a user is a browser (plus I guess Android apps, but bleh). The point is that you can do everything that a typical office drone uses a PC for — spreadsheets, email, Powerpoint, etc etc.

(As an aside, I just noticed that extensions aren’t available yet, which is a pretty serious blow. My corporate email uses an extension to enable encrypted emails via webmail, and without that I couldn’t use the browser.)

I was going to make the exact same point and your comment hasn’t changed my mind.

A student could feasibly make this a dorm room productivity / streaming / gaming machine.

Would it be GREAT at some of those tasks? Probably not, but "general purpose computing device" isn’t defined by how good devices are.

At some point, people need to accept that the line is sufficiently blurred and that "not a GPCD" is less and less viable as a defense in the way it is used. (Not that it was ever a great defense even when the term fit a little more snuggly.)

I agree on this. The challenge Microsoft has is in trying to keep up with their natural peers (Apple, Google) on sophistication of platforms, while not screwing themselves in the process. Microsoft inherently wants to treat Xbox same as Windows, but they need to treat it more like Roku to maintain the walled garden.

Does GamePass web work on it?

Kind of, but doesn’t play near as well as Stadia

Just realized you’re that one Stadia stan around here so will definitely have to take that with a grain bag of salt.

What is a Stadia game?

A game that plays on Stadia

Discord will let you join voice calls and participate in text channel chats, but microphone support isn’t available, unfortunately.

So… useless. I can access discord just fine on my laptop, I need the ability to join discord calls and have all game and chat audio in one headset. Not just for me, but everyone in my group. Crossplay is a thing now and Discord is a must. MS/Sony/Discord need to actually cooperate on this, not just drop vague hints, and do so ASAP.

There’s actually an unofficial Discord client out for Xbox called Quarrel. I’ve been using it to chat with my clan members in Destiny, which just got cross-play. It’s not perfect: as far as I know, Quarrel audio doesn’t count as "chat," so there’s no way to, say, redirect the Quarrel audio to a headset while the game audio comes out your speakers, or adjust the volumes separately.. Still, I’m able to adjust the game volume using the in-game settings and achieve a good balance.

https://www.windowscentral.com/quarrel-review-adding-discord-voice-calls-xbox-one-sort

Aside from the functional issues, I don’t trust my Discord credentials or chats with relatively unknown third parties, and neither do most of the people I play with, which makes Quarrel a hard no for us – and it’s not just about trusting the current developer but who may acquire it down the road, as that’s been a rampant issue with apps like this in the past 5 years.

I personally plan to get a mixer to mix my laptop and console audio. For now if it’s mostly an Xbox party we use Xbox party chat. For Destiny I have it on both PC and Xbox so I can swap back and forth at will. The big problem is Destiny PS players – there just is no good solution for them, someone always has to deal with a janky solution.

The better option would be to have Sony and Microsoft develop a cross-platform chat API that shares friends lists… cuz… I’m sorry… Discord fucking sucks terribly and really needs to die.

Holding out hope that GeForce Now is updated with Edge compatibility. Would be lovely.

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