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Sony: PS3 browser is faster than IE7

Sony: PS3 browser is faster than IE7

Sony has just updated the official PlayStation 3 firmware to include a faster browser and Flash 9 support.

Sony has just updated the official PlayStation 3 firmware to include a faster browser and Flash 9 support and is now boasting that the console's internet browser is now faster than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7, despite only have being in development for a short time.

Sony apparently began work on the new version of the PlayStation 3 browser last year and had to re-code many features in order to get Flash 9 support included, but it is adamant the work has paid off.

Discussing the new 2.5 firmware update with IGN, Sony claimed that the system is now faster than Internet Explorer 7 - though still not as fast as Google's new kid, Chrome.

The new browser update apparently also improves Javascript support, more than doubling the speed that Javascript can run at on the PlayStation 3.

The bad news though is that the PSP platform probably won't be benefiting from these advances in the future as Sony isn't sure that the PSP's limited resources will be able to run Flash 9 at all - apparently it was a stretch even getting the full screen keyboard to work.

The latest PSP update, version 5.0 of the firmware, has definitely added in some decent features though. PSP users on the move can now directly download the latest demos, trailers and games from the online PlayStation store.

Which is your internet browser of choice and what plug-ins or enhancements do you favour? Let us know your answers in the forums.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 28th October 2008, 12:27 Quote
hooray! does this mean that BBC iPlayer should be supported now, or at very least, in the near future? I've read somewhere (probably TrustedReviews) that the only thing stopping iPlayer being supported on PS3 was the lack of Flash 9 support...
mclean007 28th October 2008, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
hooray! does this mean that BBC iPlayer should be supported now, or at very least, in the near future? I've read somewhere (probably TrustedReviews) that the only thing stopping iPlayer being supported on PS3 was the lack of Flash 9 support...
Have a look here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/10/bbc_iplayer_on_wii_new_bigscre.html
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PS: We're also working on bringing BBC iPlayer to Sony PS3, but we're not quite there yet as the PS3 uses a slightly older version of Flash which doesn't support some of the features used in our media player, and the very promising Flash 9 update now available on PS3 has some compatibility issues. Our Flash developers are working on it - stay tuned for updates.
ChaosDefinesOrder 28th October 2008, 13:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
hooray! does this mean that BBC iPlayer should be supported now, or at very least, in the near future? I've read somewhere (probably TrustedReviews) that the only thing stopping iPlayer being supported on PS3 was the lack of Flash 9 support...
Have a look here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/10/bbc_iplayer_on_wii_new_bigscre.html
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PS: We're also working on bringing BBC iPlayer to Sony PS3, but we're not quite there yet as the PS3 uses a slightly older version of Flash which doesn't support some of the features used in our media player, and the very promising Flash 9 update now available on PS3 has some compatibility issues. Our Flash developers are working on it - stay tuned for updates.

Ah, I was remembering half of that exact quote actually!

Probably didn't help that I saw the news about the browser update after the iPlayer thingy...
mclean007 28th October 2008, 20:19 Quote
Wish my broadband was fast enough to use iPlayer! Infernal internal wiring!
Jasio 28th October 2008, 20:24 Quote
While Sony's browser may be faster than IE (I think it's based on Opera?) ... it's not as user-friendly as any PC based browser. I use a KVM switch to keep a keyboard/mouse always plugged into my PS3 for browsing (and typing) but there is no 'mouse' pointer or anything. If you move your mouse if just toggles through the various buttons/options like you would on the normal PS3 controller. It's not as intuitive as one would like it to be. The hidden menu/address bar can also be a pain if you want to change pages quickly or wander through bookmarks of your favorite websites/daily reads.

While increased support (Flash 9) etc is all fine and dandy -- I wouldn't mind having a simple mouse pointer pop up when I plug in my mouse via USB. Heck, even offer a mouse using the PS3's analog stick, that'd be nifty.
sandys 28th October 2008, 20:37 Quote
Mine has a mouse pointer in webrowser?
talladega 28th October 2008, 20:53 Quote
so does mine. maybe there is a option you have to change.
notatoad 28th October 2008, 22:29 Quote
it's based on netfont or netfront or something like that, not opera. and mine has a cursor with the analog stick, haven't tried using a mouse. my problem is not the speed of the browser, but how it complains about running out of memory. not that i really care, i run my PS3 to the computer monitor so i have no reason to be browsing on it.
Amon 28th October 2008, 23:16 Quote
Explorer.exe

The rest of the world is faster without it.
talladega 29th October 2008, 03:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by supertoad
it's based on netfont or netfront or something like that, not opera. and mine has a cursor with the analog stick, haven't tried using a mouse. my problem is not the speed of the browser, but how it complains about running out of memory. not that i really care, i run my PS3 to the computer monitor so i have no reason to be browsing on it.
Ya, running out of memory is annoying. Happens alot with 6 windows open. :(
feedayeen 29th October 2008, 05:41 Quote
Of course console browsers can be faster than anything that can come out for the PC. There is one console, hundreds of processors and millions of hardware configurations that can be detrimential to any optimizations that can be done.
dyzophoria 29th October 2008, 05:57 Quote
is it me or is it rather out of place to compare the ps3 to a pc?, I wonder how would sony's browser fare when it is placed on a PC, I feel headlines like these just fuel the rage between fanboys :)
liratheal 29th October 2008, 10:53 Quote
That's like saying you can run faster than an amputee, though.
talladega 29th October 2008, 16:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
That's like saying you can run faster than an amputee, though.
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