Good question: why doesn’t the Xbox 360 have its own browser?
Sony and Nintendo have promised that gamers who purchase the PlayStation 3 and Wii will be able to browse the web from the comfort of their couches. Sony will accomplish this through their own custom web browser while Nintendo has partnered with Opera Software to install a trial version of the Opera browser on the Wii.
Why is there no browser on the Xbox 360? It’s simple as this. It freaking doesn’t work on TV’s. Iv’e done the who browsing thing on my Dreamcast back in the day on SegaNet. I can’t say enough how annoying it is to browse to a page and have the formatting be completely destroyed. Sure it’s convenient, but as what cost?
Many will say all I need is a keyboard and mouse and I’m set, but what about plugins? What are you going to do when you get all excited about viewing web pages on your TV to find out that the site your going to has a crucial plugin that’s not supported buy your new fangled console browser. What then? Youtube isn’t Youtube without the video’ part of it. I guess you could imagine that your watching the video that’s supposed to be in that empty space on the page while you frantically shift the page left and right just to see the entire thing. Then many will scream “but it can be updated”. Sure that probably will be the case, but it won’t be quick enough. I’m not going to put up with whole blocks of a site’s functionality missing.
Are you willing to wait for an update to support some new format that hasn’t been thought of yet to only view it on a page that has horrendous formatting to boot? If you aren’t willing to put up with it , just use your damn computer. Chances are you already have one anyway.