23 June 2021
Microsoft has now started testing the new Chromium-based Edge browser on Xbox consoles. It is available only for Alpha Skip-Ahead group members with an Xbox One or Xbox Series S/X gaming console. The new browser version replaces the old legacy Edge browser and improves the web browsing experience significantly.
It is reported that all eligible testers will see the new Edge browser in their apps library after installing the latest update. The browser is usable but is reportedly slightly buggy as well. This is an expected behavior considering it is not an alpha release and not a stable one. The browser is fully compatible with the Xbox controller but the team has not added support for the keyboard and mouse yet.
the latest Xbox Alpha skip ahead build includes the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge pic.twitter.com/C34d59UYuJ— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 6, 2021
The new Edge browser is capable of providing you with a browsing experience similar to what you get on desktops. It offers better compatibility with web services that were not possible with the legacy version. There are even speculations that this Chromium-based browser can even support Google Stadia. It means Xbox users will be able to play Stadia games directly from their console browser with ease.
Other important Edge browser features include extensions support, vertical tabs, and Collections among others. If you are one of the alpha testers, you should be installing the latest Xbox update. Once the update is installed successfully, you should be able to see the new Edge browser version.