Microsoft is testing a new Edge Chromium-powered browser on Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X consoles, reports The Verge.
“Chromium browser on Xbox is a boost for those wanting to access websites through their console. Edge will also now provide access to Google’s Stadia streaming service, thanks to the improved compatibility support with Chromium.”
The browser is also expected to improve compatibility with browser-based games like Skype or Discord.
the latest Xbox Alpha skip ahead build includes the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge pic.twitter.com/C34d59UYuJ
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Google says that it initially launched with the goal of making your favourite games instantly available wherever you want to play them.
“With the recent successful launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia, gameplay on all types of devices, including iOS, growing our slate of YouTube integrations, and our global expansions, it’s clear that Stadia’s technology has been proven and works at scale.”
Having games streamed to any screen is the future of this industry, and Google plans to continue to invest in Stadia and its underlying platform to provide the best cloud gaming experience for its partners and the gaming community.
And in 2021, this test version includes the “same sync engine used across Edge, with support for extensions, vertical tabs, Collections, and most Edge desktop features”.
Google is expected to roll out a new Stadia feature that would allow users to directly stream to YouTube.
According to 9to5Google, the tech giant has already started a “slow rollout of direct YouTube live streaming for its Stadia platform with the button no longer showing a ‘coming soon’ banner for some users” – but “only on the web app, not Chromecast or Android”.