PS3 to Get Chrome Internet Browser?

By Kyle Durant

April 11, 2011

Let’s face it fellow Sony fanboys…the PS3’s internet browser is horrible. Sure it got slightly better over the years but overall, it’s not a browser we gamers can be proud of and surely Sony knows this. So what are the possibilities that Sony is going to throw away that shoddy internet browser and replace it with Google Chrome? Well that possibility is very high as distinguished here. What you just clicked on will lead you to Sony’s latest webkit source for their PS3 browser, which was updated March 31st for testing. Don’t worry, you won’t have to go through all the files yourself as a user who will only be known as NeoGaf, did that for you. After the break you can see a post by NeoGaf but be warned, the post isn’t grammatically correct as it was posted on forums. We all know how careless we can get on those threads right? However, his claim is still understandable and it’s quite intriguing.

I’m going through ps3-webkit-support.diff because I’m bored. Looks like we’re getting Chrome actually, since Geoff’s added a couple of files for ChromeClientPOSIX.

Naturally the full source of his changes is in that. Diff file also. From what I can tell, the only posix platform refers to the PS3 in webkit. It does not show up at all in the mainline source code (Unix versions are under their typically widget library like Qt or gtk). There’s a lot of functions that are not implemented, but they’re mainly ones that involvement windowing that you would not expect to be supported on the PS3.

Might this not mean much since I do not see the cool stuff from Chrome these sources, like bookmark syncing, but it’s a freaking huge project. And only covers what the diff needed to be changed so it works on the PS3. Might it not just get Chrome branding visible to the user, but I think if he’s calling it Chrome client, we can expect good things for the future.

For those still lacking an understanding of what you just read…a Chrome file was found in a PS3’s webkit. When Google was contacted for information they replied in the typical PR fashion. However, they did not deny the possibility of Chrome on PS3 or say that the claim was nothing more than a rumor.

“I’m afraid we have nothing to announce at this time.”

So will the PS3 feature Google’s Chrome? Strong evidence in the webskit says yes and Google’s lack of detail in their response says definitely yes. Let’s just hope that this strong possibility is eventually given confirmed status.

[PS3 Life]

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Kyle Durant

Pretty much your above average gamer who plays games profusely and appreciates them even more. Been gaming since the NES but is in love with anything PlayStation. No I am not a typical fanboy...I appreciate each system for their strengths and recognize their weaknesses. I just love the PS brand. (Think along the lines as someone who likes to read but loves one author in particular). Ever since my time as #2 in the world at Resistance 2, I have taken video games much more seriously. Don't get me wrong, I am a laid back, fun guy to game with...but I always play to win.

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