Rumor: Could Google's Chrome web browser show up on the PS3?

Rumors are hitting the Internet that seem to suggest Google's Chrome web browser, or at least a new version of the browser's base engine, could be ported over to the Playstation 3 console. According to a report on Ubergizmo.com, Sony Computer Entertainment recently posted a job listing for a new senior software engineer. The requirements for the gig include experience with WebKit which is the basis for Google's popular Chrome browser.

This is apparently not the first time that this rumor has raised its head. Back on April 13, a Holland based web site posted up word that Google's Chrome browser could be heading to the PS3. Of course, all of these plans might actually be changed by now due to the cyber attack that caused Sony to shut down the Playstation Network on April 20. It's very possible that Sony's promised security improvements for the Playstation Network could change the company's plans for any updates to its current web browser.

Sony has provided its own web browsing software based on Webkit when the Playstation 3 launched back in the fall of 2006. The first version of the browser didn't have support for Flash which meant that many web sites and videos were not accessible to PS3 browser users. The browser was updated in 2009 to include Flash support but even that was limited; some Flash-based video sites like Hulu locked out the Playstation 3 web browser from playing the videos. Ironically, the PS3 console later got a downloadable application that added Hulu Plus video support to the PS3.

Image via Ubergizmo.com

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It's about time they updated that POS. I love my PS3, I love the games I have for it, and I love the capabilities of the system, but the web browser is the sorriest excuse for a web browser I believe I've ever seen.

Could? maybe officially, its already an option for those who didn't jump up to 3.60 to play online only to be left in the cold by sony. That would suck investing into a $400 machine, and buying PSN cards and stuff to get points to buy online-only games for them not to work.

OtherOS is back in full boom, no need to even boot into GameOS!

If this is true it would finally be some improvements made to the system instead of all those stupid useless updates just to prevent jail breaking.

FYI I believe that Netflix's App is based on the Chrome version of Webkit. http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...nable-html5-goodies-a-dyna/

Also there were rumours of GoogleTV coming to PlayTV/PS3, but has GTV hasn't lit the world on fire a Chrome level Webkit upgrade would make sense for browser based Apps.

Currently I use Blinkbox and PS3Youtube via the current browser

The current browser makes IE6 look amazing! I am pretty sure it uses only one cell core at a time, hence why it is slow as hell. Also the version of Flash can completely jam the entire system.

Multicore support, plugin sandboxing and modern rendering could go a long way making the browser more usable. Throw in some <video> support and maybe Sony could make some headway out of the dismal view I and many others have of them now.

I guess i never realized how much people actually use the browsers on consoles. I have never known anyone in the past 10 years who ever uses the console browser. Maybe just messing around here or there, but not for day to day tasks....

waa finally ,,, now i can this to relax on my couch .. damm it's tiring to sit on a chair for browse for hours .. now only if they include a proper download manager

Can people shut up about the PSN network, Not every single department in Sony is dedicated to the restoration of the PSN Network. Educate yourself on how companies work then come back and comment.

The Laughing Man said,
Can people shut up about the PSN network, Not every single department in Sony is dedicated to the restoration of the PSN Network. Educate yourself on how companies work then come back and comment.

This. The company (or should I say SCE) doesn't suddenly stop developing other tech just because the PSN goes down.

The Laughing Man said,
Can people shut up about the PSN network, Not every single department in Sony is dedicated to the restoration of the PSN Network. Educate yourself on how companies work then come back and comment.

You tell it laughing man!

littleneutrino said,
what use would it be as the PS3 cannot currently do Online?

What are you even doing on a tech site if you dont even know that much...

Err, PS3 browser is ALREADY based on Webkit.

And Webkit is the foundation of Chrome, Safari and is used in the Kindle, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Palm Pre, Valve Steam, some Adobe products.
So citing Chrome is as relevant as citing Nokia S60.

This. A not-very-well-researched article, as Webkit isn't a browser, it's the rendering engine (which the PS3 browser ALREADY uses). What we need is the browser updated to the latest webkit engine and regular updates, as the browser in there now is very long-in-the-tooth. We don't need a whole new browser.

Awax said,
Err, PS3 browser is ALREADY based on Webkit.

And Webkit is the foundation of Chrome, Safari and is used in the Kindle, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Palm Pre, Valve Steam, some Adobe products.
So citing Chrome is as relevant as citing Nokia S60.

Even Google developers said that the Android browser is a decent amount different than Chrome. They might be both built on Google's Webkit trunk but still a lot different. The only other non-webkit (non PC) browser, that I know of, other than Microsoft's trident Internet Explorer (for CE or Mobile or Phone 7 or whatever) is Opera for Nintendo or Opera Mobile (not the iOS one whchi is Opera mini).

Awax said,
Err, PS3 browser is ALREADY based on Webkit.

And Webkit is the foundation of Chrome, Safari and is used in the Kindle, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Palm Pre, Valve Steam, some Adobe products.
So citing Chrome is as relevant as citing Nokia S60.


Not all webkits are made the same though...

dhan said,

Not all webkits are made the same though...

However, no one can deduce anything (especially that somehow it means they're looking to put Chrome on PS3) from a job advertisement that mentions Webkit. Considering the already-available browser already uses Webkit, it is more than likely to be involving that. Saying anything else is pure speculation verging on the nonsense.

Awax said,
Err, PS3 browser is ALREADY based on Webkit.

And Webkit is the foundation of Chrome, Safari and is used in the Kindle, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Palm Pre, Valve Steam, some Adobe products.
So citing Chrome is as relevant as citing Nokia S60.


I agree. They might be building their own web browser for PS 3.

Awax said,
Err, PS3 browser is ALREADY based on Webkit.

And Webkit is the foundation of Chrome, Safari and is used in the Kindle, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Palm Pre, Valve Steam, some Adobe products.
So citing Chrome is as relevant as citing Nokia S60.

If it's based on Webkit, it must be some awful old version because the damn thing doesn't even render Google right. On YouTube you can't use the search if you don't use the awful YouTube XL. The thing really needs an updated web browser.

Stingray said,
Hope this is true.

Hope so.... but PS3 browser is already web-kit and why would anyone think that the new job position is for building chrome on PS3 rather than improving the existing web-kit browser???

I would love chrome on PS3 with auto update rather than a firmware update to update the browser.

still1 said,

Hope so.... but PS3 browser is already web-kit and why would anyone think that the new job position is for building chrome on PS3 rather than improving the existing web-kit browser???

I would love chrome on PS3 with auto update rather than a firmware update to update the browser.

I agree. Boat-loads worth of jumping to conclusions going on here...