Microsoft is working on the release of the new version of Edge for Xbox, which may also have full support for Stadia on the line’s consoles. According to information from The Verge, the browser works in the same way as the version present in Windows 10, which is based on Chromium and offers optimizations for Google’s streaming service.
The new edition of Edge for consoles has limited availability to some alpha users of the Xbox Insiders Program. According to journalist Tom Warren, who gained access to the program, the updated version still contains bugs, but already gives access to Stadia on Microsoft consoles.
While Stadia is compatible with the new browser for Xbox, the experience with the service on consoles is not the best today. Like the old version of Edge, the new edition still has certain limitations that make navigation difficult and hinder the use of services on the Internet.
According to posts published on Twitter, the new Edge still does not have full mouse and keyboard support while navigating. This makes it impossible to use the peripherals to control gameplay in Stadia.
Use of the controller in both versions of Microsoft Edge for consoles is also limited. Currently, the Xbox joystick can only be used on the Edge to control the mouse pointer, avoiding using the accessory to play directly in the browser.
One of the alpha users who tried to play Stadia on the Xbox also reported that the Google service check failed to connect to the session started on the console. Therefore, in the early development phase of Edge for Xbox One and Series X / S, it is practically impossible to play on the cloud platform that competes with xCloud.
Microsoft is expected to make improvements to the new Xbox Edge with the release of more stable versions. However, so far the company has not provided details on the features that will come to the program in the future.