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Microsoft has today announced WebView2 for Xbox is now available to developers. It's been a "top" request from both WebView2 and Xbox media app developers.

As highlighted by Windows Central, Microsoft had already released Chromium-based Edge support to improve the performance on Windows, but developers were stuck using "older" EdgeHTML technology for Xbox.

This update includes "significant improvements" such as better performance and an improved "remote debugging experience". It also enables developers to use modern web APIs in their applications.

"On Xbox, customers like to watch their favorite media content in addition to playing games. Thanks to the support of WebView2 on Xbox, media app developers can migrate from the EdgeHTML WebView, which brings significant improvements such as: Support for modern web features: WebView2 enables Xbox app developers to use modern web APIs in their applications. Better performance. Better remote debugging experience."

Microsoft MakeCode, a free online learn-to-code platform designed to make games, code devices, and mod Minecraft, is one of the first Xbox apps to utilise WebView2 in the production app. This includes the MakeCode Arcade Kiosk app - allowing users to make and play their games on Xbox. STARZ, a streaming app for Xbox, also utilises WebView2.

"We’re excited to see more apps built on Xbox and see what you can do with a modern embedded browser control on this platform."

Essentially, it's going to make the app experience even better on Xbox. You can learn more on the Microsoft Edge Blog.