Thursday, August 9, 2012

Did you know the web browser on the PS3 uses the WebKit layout engine?

Welcome to "Did you know?," a new series of posts that point out things that you might have known, usually to help make a product better.

Many people use the PlayStation 3 as their game console. But it can do much more then games. On this post, I'll be talking about the recent updates with the web browser.

In the 4.10 system software update, several improvements came along for the web browser that is built into the PS3. It introduced some limited support for HTML5, and had better performance loading dynamic content, such as the classic Disqus and Disqus 2012.

One main reason why these changes may have came along was because the web browser has now switched to the WebKit layout engine. The maker of the browser is still Netfront, though. Load speed of pages has improved, but not a lot in my own personal tests. Loading my site in the browser was good, but loading something like Disqus 2012 made it hang and freeze for at least 2-5 minutes. I have not tested the classic Disqus, though.

If you want to share your thoughts on the improvement to the PS3 internet browser, you can below. Current version of the PS3 system software is 4.21, an optional update. Make sure you have updated if you didn't already.