Debugging Your HTML5 in Microsoft Edge for Xbox One

    David Rousset
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    On November 12, a new update was made available for Xbox One. I really love the new dashboard and the Xbox 360 backward compatibility as a gamer. But as a web developer, I’m more than happy to now have Microsoft Edge running on my console! This means that you can now run very modern content inside the Xbox One browser!

    Testing Your HTML5 Content on Xbox One and Microsoft Edge

    It supports for instance WebGL, Web Audio, Gamepad API as you can see in this video:
    We’re using the Babylon.js Mansion demo on the Xbox One. It runs perfectly fine! I’m still amazed by the beauty of the web standards. If you’re following best practices, your code will run everywhere! Even better, I’m using the Xbox Windows Store app in this video to stream the video output of my Xbox One on my Windows 10 PC. This mean that I can test my web content on my Xbox One without leaving my chair ;) Remotely test the MS Edge Xbox One browser from your Windows 10 PC
    Thanks to the Xbox Windows Store app, you can remotely test the MS Edge Xbox One browser from your Windows 10 PC! WebGL Babylon.js Flight Arcade demo on Xbox One Play the WebGL Babylon.js Flight Arcade demo on Xbox One!

    Remote Debugging Your HTML5 Content on Xbox One Thanks to Vorlon.js

    Vorlon.js is an open-source cross-platforms remote debugging tool that has been made to easily remote debug any web page from any device. Let’s check that together in the following video:
    By simply adding a single script reference at the beginning of your HTML page, you can remote debug your site from any browser using the Vorlon.js dashboard. In this video, I’m checking the support for the Gamepad API using the Modernizr plug-in, using the interactive console to check for potential errors and to execute JavaScript on the Xbox One and finally the DOM Explorer
    to update the HTML and some Flexbox properties. Again, using the Xbox Windows Store app is very useful to live debug the page. Simply snap it on the left and snap the Vorlon.js dashboard on the right. Even better, use multiple screens on your Windows 10 PC: DOM explorer I’m definitely more than convinced that Web Standards and WebGL offer great new possibilities for the gaming industry! I’ve talked about this in a previous article: The web: the next game frontier? It seems to really start to be true. ;-)

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    This article is part of the web development series from Microsoft evangelists and engineers on practical JavaScript learning, open source projects, and interoperability best practices including Microsoft Edge browser and the new EdgeHTML rendering engine. We encourage you to test across browsers and devices including Microsoft Edge – the default browser for Windows 10 – with free tools on dev.microsoftedge.com: More in-depth learning from our engineers and evangelists:
    Our community open source projects: More free tools and back-end web dev stuff:

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Debugging HTML5 on Xbox One with MS Edge and Vorlon.JS

    How can I start debugging HTML5 on Xbox One using MS Edge?

    To start debugging HTML5 on Xbox One using MS Edge, you need to first ensure that your Xbox One and your PC are on the same network. Then, open the Edge browser on your Xbox One and navigate to the Vorlon.JS dashboard. From there, you can start debugging your HTML5 code. Remember to enable the debugging mode on your Xbox One to allow the Edge browser to connect to the Vorlon.JS server.

    What is Vorlon.JS and how does it help in debugging HTML5 on Xbox One?

    Vorlon.JS is an open-source, extensible, platform-agnostic tool for remotely debugging and testing JavaScript. It helps in debugging HTML5 on Xbox One by providing a platform where you can run your code and see the results in real time. This makes it easier to identify and fix any issues with your code.

    Can I use other browsers for debugging HTML5 on Xbox One?

    While it’s possible to use other browsers for debugging HTML5 on Xbox One, MS Edge is the recommended browser. This is because MS Edge is built into the Xbox One system, making it more compatible and efficient for debugging purposes.

    How can I connect my PC to my Xbox One for debugging?

    To connect your PC to your Xbox One for debugging, you need to ensure that both devices are on the same network. Then, you can use the Xbox app on your PC to connect to your Xbox One. Once connected, you can start debugging your HTML5 code using MS Edge and Vorlon.JS.

    What should I do if I encounter issues while debugging HTML5 on Xbox One?

    If you encounter issues while debugging HTML5 on Xbox One, you can try a few troubleshooting steps. First, ensure that your Xbox One and PC are properly connected. If the problem persists, check your code for any errors. You can also try restarting your Xbox One and PC, or reinstalling the Vorlon.JS server.

    How can I improve the performance of my HTML5 code on Xbox One?

    To improve the performance of your HTML5 code on Xbox One, you can use Vorlon.JS to identify any bottlenecks or performance issues in your code. You can also optimize your code by reducing the number of DOM elements, minimizing the use of JavaScript, and using CSS3 animations instead of JavaScript animations.

    Can I debug HTML5 on other gaming consoles using MS Edge and Vorlon.JS?

    While MS Edge and Vorlon.JS are primarily used for debugging HTML5 on Xbox One, they can also be used for debugging on other gaming consoles that support web browsing. However, the process may vary depending on the console.

    How can I ensure that my HTML5 code is compatible with Xbox One?

    To ensure that your HTML5 code is compatible with Xbox One, you can use Vorlon.JS to test your code on the console. This will allow you to identify and fix any compatibility issues before deploying your code.

    What are the benefits of using MS Edge for debugging HTML5 on Xbox One?

    Using MS Edge for debugging HTML5 on Xbox One offers several benefits. First, it’s built into the Xbox One system, making it more compatible and efficient for debugging purposes. Second, it supports Vorlon.JS, a powerful tool for remotely debugging and testing JavaScript.

    Can I use Vorlon.JS for debugging HTML5 on devices other than Xbox One?

    Yes, Vorlon.JS is a platform-agnostic tool, meaning it can be used for debugging HTML5 on any device that supports web browsing. This includes PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other gaming consoles.