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PS3 To Receive Google Chrome?

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.

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, ps3 browser, google chrome

4/11/2011 10:32:46 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (111 posts)

Underdog15
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:50:39 AM
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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.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:29:25 PM

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.

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Underdog15
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:16:39 PM

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.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:21:48 PM

@ 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.

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Clamedeus
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:23:20 PM

@shadowscorpio

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

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 8:56:17 PM

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

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manofchao5
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 10:28:25 PM

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

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:52:18 AM
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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.

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kraygen
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:42:18 PM

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

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Beamboom
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:02:29 PM

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. :)


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johnld
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:37:40 PM

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.

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:10:41 PM

Yep, PS3 does a good job with CrunchyRoll.

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Temjin001
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:02:33 AM
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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.

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johnld
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:39:35 PM

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.

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Excelsior1
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:09:38 AM
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a new browser would be great. i browse all the time on my ps3 so this would be great news if it happens.

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PorkChopGamer
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:32:06 AM

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

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Excelsior1
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:44:20 AM

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.

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Temjin001
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:07:59 PM

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.

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maxpontiac
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:09:07 PM

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.

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johnld
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:41:07 PM

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.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:15:05 AM
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yup heck even fi it was a Ps+ exclusiv

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Simcoe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:22:21 AM

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

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BTNwarrior
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:28:13 AM

yeah google is always free

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Underdog15
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:19:32 PM

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.

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Simcoe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:49:51 PM

@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.

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Underdog15
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:44:43 PM

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

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main_event05
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:34:49 AM
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Gross. I hate Google almost as much as I hate Microsoft.

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Simcoe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:39:44 AM

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

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kraygen
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:43:46 PM

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

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main_event05
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:26:34 PM

I have my reasons.

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Underdog15
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:20:37 PM

lol, you get blocked out of GoogleAds or something?

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

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main_event05
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:55:11 PM

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.

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Neo_Aeon666
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:14:02 PM

lol i had completely forgot yahoo even existed XD

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slugga_status
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 11:05:29 AM

@Main_event

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

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Simcoe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:36:56 AM
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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.

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:37:31 AM
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I'd have no use for it but it would be a welcome change from the current PS3 browser.

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Temjin001
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:10:26 PM
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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

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shootu
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 11:43:25 PM

The 3 people that thumbed you down must have Crapberrys :D

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Wissam
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:11:44 PM
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I will definitely welcome this. I hope its true.

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PANICinc
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:14:56 PM
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It would be sweet to have a browser on the PS3 that supported PlayStations web site and what not!

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Sir Dan
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:17:45 PM
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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?

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Excelsior1
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:36:07 PM

nope, can't get viruses on your ps3.

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Sir Dan
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:54:19 PM

Ah that's good to know. THanks Excelsior1

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Beamboom
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:12:26 PM

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.

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:42:14 PM

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.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:33:19 AM

... 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.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 10:48:08 AM

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.

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Kiryu
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:33:16 PM
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PS3 gets the Fastest Browser in the World!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:38:16 PM
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YES PLZ.

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

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blitz30952
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:16:45 PM

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

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kraygen
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:45:44 PM
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I would love for this to happen. Sometimes my wife likes to use my laptop, but I want to get online too, so this would make life much easier. I use the ps3 browser on occasion and it can be a hassle.

A good browser would make it a lot easier to tell people that you can surf the web on the ps3 and not have to add, it sucks, but it's doable.

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frylock25
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:47:29 PM
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i use the browser on mine every now and then. my cousin uses it a lot as he doesnt have a computer. a few of my buddies use it also. would be nice to see an update to it though since i cant remember the last time they actually did something with it.

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556pineapple
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:48:35 PM
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As long as it would support flash, it's perfect. I know Chrome does HTML5, and there's a flash plugin, but I'm not sure if they'd need to make a new plugin just for the PS3 version or not.

Let me tell you though, I'd reinvest in a wireless keyboard and mouse and use the browser way more than I currently do.

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Mornelithe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:07:22 PM
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I do all of my web-stuff on PC, but Chrome addition to the PS3 can only be a benefit. I've used the current browser several times (just kinda seeing what's what really), wasn't hugely impressed with how it functioned with the rest of the web though.

Good on Sony, keep finding new ways to support the PS3, that makes it accessible to a wider audience.

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gumbi
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:12:38 PM
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Chrome on my PS3 would be a BIG deal for me! I don't have a laptop or a computer anywhere near my home theater, it's all up to the PS3 and that PS3 browser just plain stinks.

This is a long time gripe for me and I, for one, would be really excited for an upgrade like this.

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DazeOfWar
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:18:02 PM
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I would probably use it if this was true or did happen. Not sure though as like some have said I have a laptop and a desktop in the same room. It would be nice to have a 46" screen though.

It would also be good to be able to sync it since I use Chrome on both my comps.

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Deleted User
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:18:02 PM
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I would be ecstatic with Google Chrome on the PS3. My PC is old and hoary and my PS3 is faster but the current browser is poor. With Google Chrome and it's plug-ins, perhaps I can once again see DailyMotion videos on my PS3.

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thj_1980
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:42:30 PM
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THIS WOULD BE A DREAM!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE FREEZING AND LAGGY INTERNET PLAYBACKS!!!! This is definatly in my favour!

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shadowpal2
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:46:50 PM
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You know I'm not going to lie...I'm a pretty big Firefox fanboy. Well at least I used to be...but now the tides have changed as I see that Firefox continuously lags when I have add-ons on and such. Firefox 4 has made its improvements, but it's just no where near as fast as Chrome is right now.

I've love nearly everything Google provided before and now I can say I fully love Chrome despite my early Firefox fanboy days.

I have yet to get an Android phone...though to be honest I'd take any Japanese Cell phone such as the SHARP SH 05 over any American/Korean/Taiwanese smart phone.

But if this were to happen, I certainly feel it would be great. Besides aren't there a bunch of Sony-Google partnerships going on? Wasn't there some Sony TV that runs on Google software or something? I'm pretty sure it's going to happen. And then the whole XPeria Play Android thing?

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shadowscorpio
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:32:10 PM

I heard there is some kind of partership between Sony and Google having to do with some type of internet TV. Not real sure on the details. Heard about it breifly on the radio. Some woman who was a computer tech expert advisor was talking about it.

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DirtySkillzHD
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:47:43 PM
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Sweet cant wait im tired of my browser not playing all videos and freezing

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friction
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:18:35 PM

Hahaha same, I love how the ps3 can process a cutting edge, blu-ray 3d video game flawlessly, but when you try to load a webpage you have wait 30 seconds per page, only to find out half of it can't even be displayed, or the ps3 can't handle all the javascript, I mean seriously?...

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Looking Glass
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:48:54 PM
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This wouldn't be all that surprising if it were true. Sony and Google are currently on very good terms. And besides, it would be very beneficial to both companies. Google's fledgling browser could certainly use more exposure, and the PS3's web browser still has much room for improvement.

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friction
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 1:57:57 PM
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I LOVE CHROME!!! Lol I use it all the time, fu**ing pro.
On a side note thats kind of related, the other day I was just thinking about ps4, I know it won't be here for a LONG time, but I was wondering how they would be able to revoluntionise the ps3.
I mean it's a beast, has been a beast and will continue to be a beast.

So how can you top it?
So I came up with a theory that ps4 will be a desktop replacement, obviously aimed at video games but able to serf the web just as quick and easily that your laptop or tower does. Maybe they're using google chrome as a test to see how well the ps3 can handle it, and then use the same idea as the chrome os (Where everything is online, the laptop is simply a modem that connects you to the cloud.)

I'm talking about never going to a videogame store, unless obviously you like a physical copy of a game.

Everything will be in a cloud, you turn on the system it logs you in you jump in a game on the cloud, no downloading, no installing, no PATCHES :D

I mean to top the ps3 you kinda gotta do something as amazing as cloud gaming would be, like onlive, I demoed it and it was flawless. What the future should be.

I just hope retailers don't throw pockets of cash at sony to stop an idea like this. I wouldn't put it past gamestop to keep the next gen system's mainstream games physical. But I also wouldn't put it past sony to say f-u we're going to do what will revolutionize the industry.

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CH1N00K
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:00:17 PM
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Wasn't there a rumour that Google and Sony were also working on a New OS to compete against Microsoft? Could this be a step in that direction? Or am I just getting my hopes up?


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friction
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:13:41 PM

No I've heard this as well, but I think the os is intended more for gaming, I have a feeling the ps4 will be a cloud console, much like chrome os is a cloud operating system. Imagine never having to go out to buy a game, never installing game data, or install a update patch :)
I'm game :D
Plus I think chrome os will hold it's own against windows 8, though sony's support can't hurt.

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DemonNeno
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:03:18 PM
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I'd totally rock out a better web browser. I have a perfectly fine pc with a 24" monitor, but that's weak sauce compared to my 52"... Nothing like Epic Mealtime on the big screen! I also would love better script support that a new browser would bring on. Pandora seems to treat my ps3 as a mobile unit, giving me a less functional layout. When I'm jamming out, I like to keep my living rooms 5.1 busy streaming/networking my audio, so my ears don't explode when I frequent back to my pc..

So yeah, a better browser would make my living room and guests much happier!

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friction
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:15:06 PM

I hope hulu can't keep us out of their free shows :D!

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DemonNeno
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:48:14 PM

That would ruin my day.. 4/20 will be hosted with four loko chili! Haha..

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JMO_INDY
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:15:31 PM
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We'll talk when Opera and Safari are on that list, until then Chrome is for tools.

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Arvis
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:19:33 PM

Some would argue that simple generalizations and idiotic stereotypes are for tools. ;)

Seriously, why the Chrome hate? :(

-Arvis

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JMO_INDY
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:24:40 PM

Well my point is Chrome isn't as great as it's cracked up to be, it's frozen on me numerous times with a stable internet connection and a brand new SONY VAIO Z Series 2011 laptop. I have every browser installed, IE9, Opera, Safari, Firefox 4, and yes Chrome. I personally prefer Opera and Safari, the most reliable and honestly with the PS3 it could benefit greatly form Opera's compression technology Opera Turbo. With the lack of a decent amount of RAM on board it would help a great deal for something like the PS3.

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kevinater321
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:29:20 PM

I personally find chrome the most reliable. With internet and safari being the least reliable.

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main_event05
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:56:10 PM

I'm with indy, talk to me when we get some firefox.

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:44:53 PM

Chrome is for tools? I didn't know that Black and Decker had launched a cordless drill with a web browser....wow!

;)

Seriously, the Chrome problems you're having are more than likely not the browser's fault. My wife's laptop refuses to run Firefox reliably, and yet my ancient XP system runs it flawlessly - if a little slowly. From what I have seen, Chrome is not quite Firefox "stable", but far better than Internet Explorer "stable".

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JMO_INDY
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:08:24 PM

Well maybe tools wasn't the best description, maybe people who brag too much about knowing so little. <---That equals a tool for me or maybe a Browser fanboy if you will. Everyone praises Chrome like it's the holiest of browsers when in my experience and a few other friends of mine really can't stand it. My friend Quinn Chrome works flawlessly on his XP system as well Highlander. IDK in my personal experience it's not the best one out there. I just hear so much about how great it is, and I'm just like Dude it's a browser...chill. And honestly IE9 has treated me better than Firefox and Chrome, it's actually a nice experience TBH. I just wish it had add-ons like Chrome, Firefox, Safari , and opera haha.

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DemonNeno
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:45:03 PM

Hey man, I'll take IE if it comes down to it. fact is, our current browser is sufficient, but a nuisance for a dedicated browser. Anything that kicks it up a notch is more than enough!

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Arvis
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:17:31 PM
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Yes, I was going to mention Hulu as well, but I see many of you were thinking the same thing I was.

It's torture waiting two days for the next disc of Alias to come in the mail from Netflix! ;)

-Arvis

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kevinater321
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 2:27:48 PM
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I think it would be a good idea if they have a macbook like trackpad on the ps4 controller for surfing the web and selecting menus. Maybe something like the trackpad on the back of the ngp.

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Jed
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:02:53 PM
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Great idea. I used to use the PS3 browser from time to time, but it was terrible. I might actually use chrome on PS3.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:12:29 PM
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Wow...I'm out of it. Never knew how passionate people got about browsers.

Whatever gets me on the Internet with the least problems is fine by me. :)

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Oyashiro
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:27:20 PM

Browsers are serious business! :)

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Victor321
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:38:48 PM

What browser do you use then Ben =D?

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:45:16 PM

And you thought console fanboys were bad....

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:05:30 PM

Firefox. But I also work on a single closed network (user/admin), so the critical programs are protected from viruses, anyway. I got a virus a little while back but it only nailed the user side; the Admin side was fine and I could work until the user account was fixed.

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DemonNeno
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:49:53 PM

Firefox?! Pssh! Haha, I kid! I kid!

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Victor321
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 3:15:01 PM
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I would love Chrome on the PS3, as it isn't very resource heavy and it's fast. Plus I don't have a computer 5 feet away from me =P

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parasitic
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:01:36 PM
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I would love this simply because what if I need it and I'm too lazy to go grab my laptop or go to my pc? Especially if I have plugged my ps3 in the living room and not my room. It's always good to have a good browser at hand to check facebook updates (See who wants to have a match?) or simply to look for gameplay hints whilst being stuck on a certain level for hours.

It would be great if we got this and perhaps in the near future skype for chat if there's no gameplay chat :S

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CHAOS THEORY X
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:13:05 PM
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its the Bowser browser...the big boss!

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Eld
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 4:57:52 PM
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I use it sometimes when PC is turned off. Improved browser on ps3 would definitely be welcome.

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BikerSaint
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:04:35 PM
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This would be great if we could have a better browser as I've complained about it for some time now.

But if I had a choice, I'd rather see my Firefox4 with AdBlock+ on the Ps3 too.

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Scarecrow
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:06:44 PM
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Would be great. Not necessary but would be great. Even if we don't get Chrome at least the ps3 is the only console where you can actually browse online. You can with the Wii, but seriously?

I prefer Firefox, but hey Chrome's not bad.

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Neurotoxiny
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 5:39:47 PM
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Straight up, we should get the choice to choose between Firefox or Chrome...

But Firefox is way foxier! :D

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FxTales
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 6:49:11 PM
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I'm liking Chrome, I used Firefox for a little while but I find Chrome more suitable for me.

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DirtySkillzHD
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:00:08 PM
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This is an awesome opportunity for sony to make chrome ps plus exclusive !

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JMO_INDY
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:27:47 PM

Hell no thats a ridiculous idea.

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FatherSun
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:37:26 PM

Free browser if you buy Plus!

Those words wouldn't look good in any situation. Thats a positive turning into a negative. All users deserve a browser upgrade.

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D-Squad3
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:16:26 PM
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I used it a lot when I didn't have my own laptop. But now it really sucks, it's slow and it freezes. I only use it if I'm on my bed and too lazy to get up.

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FatherSun
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:30:28 PM
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I may late but I believe I read somewhere that Chrome is currently the most secure browser. That is definitely a determining factor. Not to mention the low memory footprint.

Chrome= Apps, Android, Google Voice...ect. Keep advancing my PS3 Sony.

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CoolBLKguy
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 8:35:02 PM
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I welcome any cool new features. I'm hoping all these damn hackers don't cause Sony to cut back on adding cool features to the PS3 in the future and in their next console.

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Qubex
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:14:38 PM
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The issue for me is Sony lambasted us with hype that were buying an "all in one" wonder machine... while it is a very capable machine; the one crucial component missing was a really good able browser.

3 reasons for why the browser fails:-

1] Lack of internal PS3 ram - if you open up task manager on your PC and look at how much memory is eaten up having multiple tabs open in Chrome or Firefox, it is similar on the PS3. The PS3 has to use a lot of internal ram when browsing, and part of it being so slow and unresponsive is when you see the PS3 thrashing the hard disk madly due to having to use virtual ram on disk. I have run many tests by going to challenging websites to see how the PS3 copes with a lot of multimedia components running on the page, and due to its lack of ram, it fails pretty spectacularly.

2] Lack of support for the latest web technologies. No matter how much you deny it, it is in Sony's best interest to be a few iterations behind when it comes to Flash and other web based technologies so as to have some level of control on what you can do through the browser. There are many many browser based Flash games available on the latest Flash iteration that the PS3 browser does not support.

3] Sony, like any corporation, would rather you not play free games through the web browser... they would rather you purchase all your entertainment through them on their machine. Therefore a cobbled browser goes some ways in achieving that. Make the browser bearable, but don't make it comfortable to use.

As I have said before, the advertised features initially tempted me to purchase the PS3 for the sole reason that i could conveniently have PC and Gaming functionality in one device, reducing clutter and really creating an awesome "all in one" piece of tech - of course all that blew up in my face...

If Sony fix the browser up by including Chrome, it will go a long way in repairing the lost Linux that I was happily using before I was forced to update.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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thj_1980
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:36:51 PM

100% Agreed!

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Highlander
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:40:45 PM

Points 2 and 3 I wouldn't srgu with. Point 1 though, I have to argue. The PS3 is designed to be a high performance media machine biased to games. For that purpose the high speed XDR RAM is perfect for the job. Remembering how expensive the system was to build, and how expensive XDR memory was when the PS3 launched, you have to see why there's only 256MB. Not to mention that for a system that is only running a browser and minimal resident OS, 256MB isn't really *that* bad for the majority of browsing tasks. The only time my browser memory commit jumps past 200-250MB is when I'm running a FLASH application, they're just system hogs.

Sure more memory would have been nice, but 5 years ago when they started manufacture, doubling the memory would have cost Sony another $50 per unit (at least), and so it was just not going to happen.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:59:00 PM

Thank you gents for your comments!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:06:38 AM
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eh, whats the worst that could happen..............?
;)

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:57:37 AM

I dunno... what?

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xnonsuchx
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 3:44:48 PM
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I'd prefer Firefox (the source is there for them to do it), but Chrome would also be a lot better than the glorified mobile phone browser they currently use.

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SkaterAlchemist
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:06:14 PM
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I use the PS3 web browser a lot. I download podcasts from gaming sites straight to the music section. I also use it to go to Crunchyroll.com (subscription anime site that does simulcast with Japan, it's amazing!) (though it can only run 480p, it's unable to do 720p) and megavideo (<--- alot). Occasionally youtube. That browser truly needs this google update as a person who uses it often.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:00:15 PM

Yes it does!

Someone should test whether or not the PSP browser can run anime off CrunchyRoll.com!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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nath08
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 1:40:46 PM
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If neither company would comment to just at least dismiss the rumour, then that makes me think that its true, because if its not true, then why would they not dismiss it? I think its very plausible.

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Banky A
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 12:02:45 AM
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I would personally love this.

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