I think we can all agree that the browser included with the PlayStation 3 isn't all that great. It has gotten significantly better over time (back when it launched, the browser was terrible ) but even so, it could still use improvement.

Google Chrome would be an improvement, yes? You've probably seen this rumor that popped up this past weekend; it started at European gaming site PS3Life , reporting on a post in the NeoGAF forums. Someone found something interesting in sifting through the ps3-webkit-support.diff (yeah, you'd have to be really bored), and that's where we find our Chrome hint. Obviously, you can't expect Sony to say anything as their "we don't comment on rumor or speculation" standpoint is the default reply, and unsurprisingly, Google wouldn't comment, either . We haven't been able to find anything that adds more fuel to the fire, so this rumor simply remains a discussion piece at this time. How often do you use the PS3's Internet browser? And would you use it more often if it had a much better browser?

Personally, I never use it; there's a computer about five feet from the PS3; why would I bother? But the PS3 browser should be functional and effective, at least.

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I personally have no use for it, nor do I want to use my PS3 as a browser. Already have a good PC.

However, anything that makes the PS3 a better and more well rounded system, the better.

So obviously, I'm all for this.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

The only benefit to a great ps3 browser would be using Hulu on your tv, but most of those shows are available OnDemand with most cable services, and a large amount of people who want to watch old shows on their ps3/tv have NetFlix anyway.

I dont think i've ever opened my ps3's browser.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Now I would definitely find it useful if I could browse while a game is on pause or in a menu!!

But I doubt that would be an option.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

@ underdog

I concur. There have actually been times when I was playing a game and wanted to look up something online real quick, then get back to my game. I can honestly say that if the browser was better I would actually use it more. The browser is still horrid imho so that is what stops me.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

@shadowscorpio

That would be pretty neat if you could pull up the browser while playing.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
9 years ago

Yeah, if we a had a Steam style browser, it'd be pretty awesome. Steam does a great job of allowing you to browse and game

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

i'll take chrome or firefox, i just ask that they allow the ps3 to play youtube videos or other sites in hd, its annoying when something with hd output isnt allowed access to something so simple

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

A better browser would be huge. The PS3 with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse is a very viable browsing platform on the main TV in a home, and it allows that TV to belong to the new Internet TV fad.

My wife has a crunchyroll membership and we watch a fairly decent amount of anime on our TV, more or less simulcast with Japan, despite the TV being about 5 years old now. Google chrome as the browser would be very helpful in maintaining that.

The other aspect of Chrome being on PS3 (if it comes to pass) is that it opens the doors to Google's cloud based applications, which extends the PS3 even further.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 4/11/2011 10:52:44 AM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

google chrome and crunchy roll on ps3 equals a lot of hours spent watching anime. =)

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Indeed it would, Highlander. And providing it's a full version and not a gimped one the firefox/chrome plugin library makes the browser almost a software platform in itself, giving an almost endless amount of apps for the ps3.

This would be *awsome*. Here's hoping it comes with java support too. 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/11/2011 1:04:35 PM

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

last time i watched on crunchy roll, its videos were compatible with the ps3 browser. now i just download. i just found out recently that its compatible with facebook player now too.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Yep, PS3 does a good job with CrunchyRoll.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I would welcome such a move. I use the Ps3 browser from time to time, even to visit PSXe.

In other news. Rango the videogame is on sale at Amazon =p

Yeah I do stuff like that for the attention.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

how bout this deal, buy 120 bucks of gaming software get $60 in gaming coupons at kmart. basically a buy 2 get 1 deal but with this you can wait for a game you want to come out. i'm buying littlebigplanet 2, socom 4, and use up that coupon for infamous 2.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

a new browser would be great. i browse all the time on my ps3 so this would be great news if it happens.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

That must be painful, Ex1. It's the worst browser ever.


Last edited by PorkChopGamer on 4/11/2011 11:32:28 AM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

yes, it can be painful but i'm still able to visit my favorite sites. it's just a little clunky sometimes. an upgrade would be great, though.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Yeah, I gotta keep a mental log of what sites lock up my PS3.
Kotaku and PSU seem to be some of the worst offenders.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

As do I. Plus, it's more then functional for my favorite sites as well.

I just clear everything before I use it each time.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

yeah, kotaku doesnt work at all on ps3 browser now since they overhauled the site. you know whats weird? the official playstation forums dont work either. same with killzone forums.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
9 years ago

yup heck even fi it was a Ps+ exclusiv

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

While I do have PS+, this is something that should be available to all users.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

yeah google is always free

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

No one should have to pay for basic online usability. To be a PS+ feature, it had better be much more than just a browser.

Can you imagine if we had to pay to play our games online? That would be awful. It would end my career of online gaming.

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

@Underdog
"Can you imagine if we had to pay to play our games online?"
That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard of in quite some time.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

lol It felt rediculous when it came out of my mouth… er… through my fingers onto the screen.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Gross. I hate Google almost as much as I hate Microsoft.

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

Get used to it, I see a lot more Sony-Google partnerships ahead: Android and Google-TV are only the beginning.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

what is there to hate about google? It's a search engine and the most reliable one I've ever seen.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I have my reasons.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

lol, you get blocked out of GoogleAds or something?

Google is a fantastic 'O'. My wife's cousin works for them in California.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I like yahoo better. and with Google's new simplification of youtube has caused nothing but problems for me. Ha, since when is forcing someone to create a completely new user name and password going to make it so I have less to remember or whatever the half-assed excuse was.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
9 years ago

lol i had completely forgot yahoo even existed XD

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

@Main_event

Umm…you realize that Yahoo's search engine is powered by Google right…just sayin..

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

I use the browser quite a bit, I always catch Conan and sometime the Daily Show and Colbert Report on CTV's site here in Canada. The quality is very good (Netflix quality) and I'm able to watch it full-screen. Other networks, even though they use Flash, don't seem to work on the current PS3 browser, I'm hoping Chrome with change that!

Also, I would be nice if Youtube wasn't locked at 240p on the PS3 browser.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

I'd have no use for it but it would be a welcome change from the current PS3 browser.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Now that I have an iPhone I suppose I'd use the ps3 browser less. Now I can make posts from work, like I am now.

Hehe I'm a rebel =p

shootu
shootu
9 years ago

The 3 people that thumbed you down must have Crapberrys 😀

Wissam
Wissam
9 years ago

I will definitely welcome this. I hope its true.

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

It would be sweet to have a browser on the PS3 that supported PlayStations web site and what not!

Sir Dan
Sir Dan
9 years ago

When I first got my PS3 I did go online through the browser quite a bit. Just to see if it could be done and for goofs really. It was indeed painful. I got to wondering though… could the PS3 get viruses? I did visit a few, you know, pawn sites. I wondered if I would mess up my PS3 so I stopped. Anyone know if it can get infected?

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

nope, can't get viruses on your ps3.

Sir Dan
Sir Dan
9 years ago

Ah that's good to know. THanks Excelsior1

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I believe the technically correct answer is that there are no known viruses developed for the ps3, and possibly unlikely it will be made. But theoretically speaking I do not believe the ps3, or any other computer OS is immune to exploits.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

PS3s running firmware 3.6 are effectively immune to traditional viruses since only properly signed and encrypted executable can run on the system. A malware script (often included in the virus classification) could run inside the browser, but it's highly doubtful that it could remain on the system, or active once the browser is closed. Also since the browser runs within a non-privileged executable, there are limits to what the system will allow any malware script to do.

Firmware 3.55 and below could be open to running an actual virus since a homebrew executable can be written and signed and run on any PS3 that does not run firmware 3.6 or above. Firmware 3.56 is something of a halfway house because some of the keys it uses are known and some are not. Either way, on a fully up to date PS3, there's virtually no chance at all of a virus attack.

Like I said though, a browser based scripting attack could occur, but I don't think it can do anything to damage the system.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

… provided that there are no holes to exploit, High. Theoretically it's not required to execute any code on the system outside the browser if there is a security flaw in the browser itself. And the ps3 is likely to be in a (local) network with other computers. The browser can do calls to those machines. Could you make a script that made the browser do a local network call, and return the reply? How could that be exploited? Perhaps the microsoft filesharing protocol running on that laptop in the livingroom has some funny little security flaws too, and will respond to a browsers call given a specific port?

I'm pushing it far now, but my point is that a security flaw may not only be a danger to the machine it's featured on.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/12/2011 5:36:16 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

That was kind of my point though, the danger from viruses on the PS3 is limited to script based malware attacks. Sure it's possible there could be holes in the browser security that might allow a properly written script to obtain some information about the local network. However, a traditional virus cannot attack the Ps3, and a malicious script is extremely unlikely to be able to harm the PS3. It's possible that an attacker could use an exploit in the PS3 browser to fire requests at other systems on the local network, But that is a relatively remote danger since it's much harder to script an attack against an unknown local network through an intermediate host. That doesn't mean it's impossible of course, I just feel the danger is extremely remote at this point.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

PS3 gets the Fastest Browser in the World!

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

YES PLZ.

I wanna download mah HD videos off gametrailers.com without my PS3 exploding into a million pieces kthxbye. 🙂

blitz30952
blitz30952
9 years ago

You can try ps3youtube.com bro? I think they have a GameTrailers channel on it so you can download vids onto your PS3 HDD 🙂