The latest Xbox One update brings Windows 10 to Xbox and drags the Microsoft Edge 13 web browser with it as the replacement for Internet Explorer. I’ve had a chance to look at the new browser.
Here is the
User-Agent of Xbox One version 10.0.10553 with Windows 10:
Note that the Windows build number (10553) is included with the
Edge component version number in the
User Agent. The Xbox also reveals its 64-bit architecture and adopts the usual
User-Agent “compatibility lies” including masquerading as Google
Chrome and Apple
Safari; which is the same behavior we can observe in its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile counterparts.
For comparison, here’s the old
User-Agent for Internet Explorer 11 on Xbox One version 6.2.13332.0 with Xbox OS:
Windows NT 6.3 in the above
User-Agent refers to the same Windows kernel as used with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 RC 2.
It’s hard to say anything about performance between Internet Explorer and Edge on the Xbox as every comprehensible browser benchmark test will crash both versions before gathering any usable results. What I can say is that I definitely perceive scrolling and zooming to be smoother and more responsive in Edge.
For completeness, here are the
User-Agent of both of the Xbox’s two main competitors in the game console market:
PlayStation 4 System Update 3.0:
Nintendo Wii U system version 5.5.0:
Neither Nintendo nor Sony seemingly feel the need to add too much extra cruft where they pretend to be Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari browser to increase compatibility. They all include the biggest lie in the industry, “Hi, I’m
Mozilla/5.0” but other than that they’ve opted for more minimalistic approaches than the Xbox One.