New Xbox Extension Comes To Microsoft Edge

New Xbox Extension Comes To Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has recently announced that they have published a new Microsoft Edge extension for Xbox fans. The Xbox New Tab extension brings something different to Microsoft Edge’s current layout scheme. 

What Do We Know About The Xbox Extension For Microsoft Edge?

With this new Microsoft extension, you will be able to see artwork and scenes from some of the most popular Xbox games when opening a new tab. If you’re looking for a new theme and a bit of a change, this extension from Microsoft could be just the thing to look into.

Microsoft promoted this new extension on the Microsoft Rewards page and it looks like this is an early version so far - being Version 0.0.0.5. 

It’s not just for Microsoft Edge users though. There is also an alternate version of this extension available on Chrome. 

What Will The Layout Look Like?

This game graphics will be configurable from a small menu located in the upper left-hand corner of your browser. This menu will allow you to select from a list of Xbox games including Forza Horizon 4, Age of Empires 2, Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves. There will be a few choices of background graphics on each to choose from. 

At the top of the page, the Bing search box will be located with game-related content underneath it. If you select a specific game, you will see shortcuts to the game’s main website, social media links including Facebook pages and Youtube channels. There will also be links to game streams - most of which are on Twitch or Mixer. 

Extension Permissions

If you’re concerned about installing extensions, we’ll break down the permissions you’ll need to accept to use this extension. 

Microsoft Edge will give the new extension permission to “Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites you visit”. It looks like the extension will be able to change the pages you see, display notifications, communicate with websites, read your browsing history and manage your apps and other extensions. 

It seems to follow pretty standard permissions expected for most extensions these days. They may sound more intimidating than they actually are. 

While it might not be the most productive or necessary extension you’ll ever install, it certainly helps to get us in the mood for the upcoming Xbox Series X release later this year. Plus, it’s a welcome distraction for many of us right now!