Microsoft has unveiled a development that could have a big impact on gaming. The company announced that it is now supporting WebView2 app development support for Xbox, which aims to enhance performance and stability for gaming enthusiasts employing apps. This update creates exciting new opportunities for mobile app developers, and could point to a more fluid future for Xbox.
Understanding WebView2 and Its Importance
Formerly, Microsoft focused Chromium-based Edge support to optimize performance on Windows. However, Xbox app developers had to depend on the comparatively outdated EdgeHTML WebView technology. With the introduction of WebView2 support, the console is set to receive a much-needed boost in performance and augmented remote debugging experience. But what does this mean?
Why Gaming Community Cares About Chromium
Chromium holds weight in the world of web technology. It's an open-source technology that Google maintains, used extensively in several web browsers and apps, including Microsoft Edge. Chromium is also the primary source code for Google Chrome browser, although it integrates some additional features for this proprietary web browser. However, its role in potentially transforming the gaming experience is often overlooked.
Microsoft and Chromium will lead to better performance and stability for Xbox console users around the globe. It's worth noting that several entertainment apps like STARZ have already started leveraging this technology, promising a richer experience. We can expect many more to join the bandwagon in the future
The Impact on Xbox Users
If you're a gamer who's had to deal with app crashes or slow loading times while browsing through the catalogue of games, the support of WebView2 seems like a silver lining. Users want their Xbox Series X|S sessions to be seamless – the introduction of WebView2 aims to enhance the Xbox users' experience by delivering faster loading times and minimizing crashes.