Microsoft is expanding Bing’s capabilities in the living room with news today that Xbox users can search the web via their console.
It’s part of the “new entertainment experience” that Microsoft is pushing out this week via the Xbox.
Bing Voice Search has been available on the Xbox since June 2011, but it could only search content available via the console itself — games, movies, TV shows, music and so forth. But Microsoft has added Internet Explorer into the mix, and with that comes the ability to do Bing voice searches of web content, not just Xbox content. Here’s how Bing explains it:
With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search.
There are other updates regarding music and genre search, as well as the wider availability of Bing voice search on Xbox in about a dozen new countries. See the Bing announcement for full details on that.