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PS3 Firmware 4.10 Brings, Wait For It, A Decent Browser!

With HTML5 support.

The PlayStation 3 has another firmware update, taking the console to version 4.10.

With it, probably one of the best upgrades we’ve seen for a good while – a decent web browser.  “The Internet browser has been improved,” says the German PlayStation site, “which optimizes the display of content and increases the accuracy when viewing page layouts.”


Finally, we can add 'web browsing' to that Everything list.
“Some sites that previously could not be correctly displayed, including interactive websites, are now supported with the PS3 system software 4.10.”

Indeed, it’s now infinitely better, with a quick HTML5 test kicking out a score of 80 (it had a zero before) and ACID3 scoring 99, which is remarkable (the Vita scores 53).   Better still, YouTube and Twitter now work perfectly.

Oddly there’s no mention of the update on the EU Blog, hopefully they’ll wake up soon enough, but it is on the US version but for some reason they just say it’s “improved display speed” and completely missing the point.

4.10 also includes all the Sony Entertainment Network stuff that we’ve been going back and forth over for a few days.  As you’d expect (before a missing word threw everything off for a few hours) the PSN is still there nice and proud.

The update is live now, as is the update for Vita taking it to 1.60.

101 Comments
  1. yogdog
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Awesome! This is great news!

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 06:14.
    • Foxhound_Solid
      Is a smart cookie.
      Since: Dec 2009

      Couldnt agree more ^_^

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:03.
    • Erroneus
      Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
      Since: May 2009

      About time, but it is.

      The new firmware also has automatic update of time support now.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 08:11.
    • TROPtastic
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      Definitely! I actually use (or try to use) the browser for a lot of my needs! (Not *that* you sicko)

      Comment posted on 09/02/2012 at 00:40.
      • TROPtastic
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Wow I’m actually using the new browser right now and its pretty darn good. I’m so happy right now :’)

        Comment posted on 09/02/2012 at 01:12.
  2. minerwilly
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Wow great news , hopefully I can watch dodgy

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 06:42.
    • minerwilly
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Sorry silly phone thumbs , not awake yet.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 06:46.
    • moshi
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Dodgy Porn !

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:57.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        PS button at the ready {:O

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 09:20.
    • tantalus_blank
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      Haha, that sentence could not have ended at a more incriminating point

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 09:06.
      • yogdog
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        Yeah, first thing I thought when it ended at dodgy was porn :P

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 09:09.
  3. minerwilly
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Wow great news , hopefully I can watch dodgy football streams without the browser crashing now .

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 06:43.
    • seedaripper1973
      Member
      Since: Forever

      Great get out clause there matey ;-)

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 12:45.
  4. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    So the vita now has a decent web browser too? Is that correct? Great news either way for ps3 now it really does do everything

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:08.
    • wickedproxy
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      Well everything except backwards compatibility with PS2 and have Other OS. Still the browser update was very much needed. It was almost unusable for me after 4.0.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 16:31.
      • manicminer
        Banned
        Since: Feb 2012

        This comment is hidden.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 19:30.
      • Jakster123x
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Jak and Daxter and i’m pretty sure there’s loads more :)

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 19:41.
      • AG2297
        Community Manager
        Since: Feb 2009

        Comments like this (and others you have posted) are not appreciated, if you continue posting rude comments your account will be banned.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 19:42.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Lol, looks like someone missed the great OtherOs debates here on TSA! :)

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 20:05.
  5. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    @tonycawley the Vita was always decent ish.

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:09.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Oh, I read somewhere on here someone saying it was a little poo.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 08:03.
      • TheDeathAvenger
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Well the Vita browser is Netfront, a better version than the PS3 had, but still not as good as what you might be used to on other mobile/portable devices.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 12:58.
      • TROPtastic
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        @tonycawley Yeah me too. It certainly wasn’t an opinion piece by a member of the TSA, and it most definitely did NOT cause a large outcry among some TSA readers. ;)

        @TheDeathAvenger Yeah it’s a shame that Sony don’t work out a deal with Google or even the Mozilla (Foundation?) to get a capable browser like Chrome to Playstation devices.

        Comment posted on 09/02/2012 at 00:38.
  6. FluBBa
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Have they finally changed to webkit (as in Chrome & Safari)?

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:10.
  7. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Ah finally :)

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:33.
  8. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Only took them five years!

    But still, I’m happy :) i was just using the browser yesterday.

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:38.
    • Jakster123x
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Used it for 2 mins, seemed very fast, then it froze.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:50.
  9. SavageOranges
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Sweet I’ll check it out later :) sounds like a huge improvement :D

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:41.
  10. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    I used the browser for the 1st time since launch yesterday, it kept crashing & running out memory on Google, yes… really.

    I might not even wait 5 years to use it again

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:43.
    • yogdog
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      Is that with or without the update?

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 07:49.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Mine was doing that on google on Sunday, running out of memory and saying it had to display a blank page. I gave up. You’re saying this update hasn’t fixed this?

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 08:05.
      • E8_BALL_
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        Out of memory pre-update – turn j.script off. No need now though. As mentioned, only an issue after 4.0.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:40.
      • stueeeee
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        You have to either turn java off or go to googles settings before it runs out memory and turn off ‘auto complete’ and it should be fine. But if 4.10 fixed this then it doesnt matter anyway.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:50.
    • retro_
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Google started playing up with the PS3 browser a few days ago, i.e. before the update, not sure if the google icon is running some script maybe, whatever, it’s not the new browser at fault.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 10:02.
      • E8_BALL_
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        Until todays’ update I had that problem, temp fix was to disable j.script. Works fine now though, as does youtube search icon.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:37.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      That’s been happening to me with google since firmware 4.0, i thought upgrading my hdd (which was overdue anyway) might fix it but the problem persisted afterwards. Hopefully this fixes it!

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 10:16.
    • philbert8
      The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
      Since: Sep 2010

      Go to the settings tab on the Google search page, you need to click the “do not provide query predictions in the search box” setting. Worked for me and you can see the solution here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBM4UicyQY

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 10:35.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        That’s neat philbert8, although i’m guessing you’d have to do that everytime you use google unless you have an account to save the prefs..?

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 10:47.
      • philbert8
        The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
        Since: Sep 2010

        @TSBonyman – no once it’s done it’s done unless you clear your cache, settings etc

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 11:16.
      • TheDeathAvenger
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Yep, settings will be stored in a cookie.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 12:59.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        great piece of information there philbert. Thanks!

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:01.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Ah, a cookie that’s fine …. although i don’t have 100% faith in ps3 browser cookies.. ;)

        I’ve now tested the browser for myself and it’s working quite well. I can now not only use google search, i can also click on Google news and not have to wait three mins for the hdd to stop spinning before i can browse the articles;
        The images in TSA articles now open properly in a foreground window instead of having to open each picture link in a new window.
        Pages do seem to load a bit faster.
        Scrolling a page when zoomed out seems to do a left/right shuffle of the page and isn’t a very pleasant thing to see although scrolling while zoomed in seems absolutely fine.
        While typing this, i tried to scroll using the arrows on the side of the comment box and the cursor just jumps back to the text….. i wonder if Alex can tweak something..? :p
        Last but no means least, posting of replies is now possible in the TSA forums !

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 20:38.
    • sabbat7001
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      I had google set as my homepage and it stopped working a few weeks ago (memory full issue) but since 4.10 it not only works but works better for me (drop down predictive search function never worked before). Also I noticed that Youtube displays much better now.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 22:40.

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