IE developer’s blog showcases upcoming functions, adds Xbox Controllers for web-games

Microsoft dominates PC gaming and shares the console market with only two-other strong competitors, but the gap between PC gaming and Xbox narrows and widens each year as both sides of the company play catch-up with one another. One of the latest upgrades to IE development will allow customers to use their Xbox controllers to play web-based games with ease, the company announced the API details earlier this morning.
In an IE Developer Channel blog-post the company detailed, “the emerging Gamepad API standard that lets you use JavaScript to add gamepad support to your Web apps and games.” Microsoft then added, “Try it out by attaching your Xbox 360 controller and helping the world Escape from XP, play your favorite Atari Arcade games, or try Hover.IE!”
Other improvements come to WebGL performance and Microsoft added support for, “instancing extension, 16-bit textures, GLSL builtin variables, and triangle fans.”
The company left these details as well, laying out new updates and features that have been in the works.

  • An enhanced debugging experience with event breakpoints that help you get to your event-driven bugs faster.
  • Richer analysis capabilities throughout the Memory and UI Responsiveness profilers, which support further reduction of noise through multi-dimensional timeline filter, while further increasing the semantic value of the data being reported by lighting up performance.measure() based instrumentation and dominator folding.
  • An improved navigation experience that provides more keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+[ and ctrl + ]), as well as new header notifications, which allows you to quickly determine whether any of the profiling tools are running or how many errors your page has.

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