Browse the web on your Xbox 360, fo reals!

*This may be old to some, but if you didn’t already know how, now you do.

Before you fall on the floor of immense laughter, browsing the web on your Xbox 360 is possible. I repeat, it is possible. Those of you who have a computer, should immediately note that you need not worry (as if your not reading this on a computer). Your “real” web browser “ain’t” going anywhere, but if you have a Windows Media Center computer your in for a nice diversion. It’s been talked about for quite sometime as to whether Microsoft should even bother with such a thing after the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 shipped a year later with web browsers. Then again, that doesn’t matter, since you can have it without them. Limited success permitting.

As you may know, the Xbox 360 supports Media Center out of the box. Browsing over to the media blade of the 360 dashboard will greet you with the option at the bottom of the list of choices there. Assuming that you have a Media Center equipped computer on the same network as your Xbox 360, you’ll be connected to the Media Center through your Xbox 360 (initial setup maybe required).

If you’ve run Media Center Extender before or have made it this far, you’ll be needing this plugin for your Media Center. Close the MCE on the 360 and PC. Once its downloaded and installed on your MC PC, startup Media Center again on the 360 and browse over to the Online Media section, then to the program library. Once there, you should be greeted with a browser option, select it, and you’ll have the browser plugin launch. You should see a menu bar of options at the top and left side of the screen. Select enter URL, as it’ll be one of the first options you’ll see from the first menu option up top. Press the Y button to bring up the dashboard soft keyboard to enter a url (use of a chatpad here would help). After the URL is entered, select browse and the page should load.

Mousing around the page isn’t exactly comfortable. Using the left stick or arrow buttons on a remote will move you around links on the page. A zoom in and out function is on the top menu, but it often will just destroy the page layout leaving you with a broken page that becomes unusable. Adding favorites is also included, but if you can tell by now, this is just something to mess around with in the long run. Don’t go having hopes of a solution to your Xbox 360 browsing needs if you have any. It’s cool to see a webpage being rendered on your 360, but the long and the short of it leaves you with all of the answers you need about the 360 having a browser. It would be nice, but you already have what you need on your computer and this will in no way replace that.

*Note: This was done with the Vista Media Center, so your MCE interface may be slightly different if using XP.

Browse internet on Xbox 360 [Rap GodFathers]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

4 Responses

  1. Wow that’s cool. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Tony: Your welcome.

  3. Indeed, this will be pretty cool.

  4. yes, i remember i think i used a really ealry version lik a loonngggg time ago, but then i got a wii and the wiis internet is fun, so it was kinda pointless to use internet on the xbox, lmfao

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