Microsoft is to bring a version of the company's browser, Internet Explorer, to its Xbox 360 console. The news was unveiled at its E3 press conference today in Los Angeles, and was essential tacked on to the end of the SmartGlass demonstration.

"Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer for Xbox this autumn in all countries where Xbox and Xbox Live are available," the company confirmed.

Thankfully, rather than insist you use the Xbox 360 gamepad, users will be encouraged to use a smartphone or tablet connected to the console - including iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as those running Windows Phone or Windows 8.

Voice-controlled browsing will be available through Microsoft's existing Kinect technology, and users will be able to bark out commands, such as websites to visit. Alternatively, a cursor can be moved around the screen using the smartphone or tablet version of the forthcoming SmartGlass application.

It's the first time the company has allowed users to surf the web on the console and brings the Xbox 360 in line with the PS3 and the Wii U.