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Xbox 360 web browser may force Sony to make PS3 improvements

PS3 users have been crying out for a fully functional and easy to use web browser for years, but unfortunately Sony hasn’t delivered. The web browser remains pretty shocking and sadly, the browser on the PS Vita isn’t exactly amazing either.

For some reason, Sony has really struggled in this department. Navigating to simple websites on the PS3 such as Facebook remains a chore and it is an area that many users wish Sony spent a bit more time improving.

With that said, their efforts to improve the browser may be forced, as we’re hearing that Microsoft may be planning to finally bring a web browser to the Xbox 360. Not only that, but it could be compatible with the Kinect camera, meaning that Xbox 360 users can navigate through websites using voice and hand gestures only.

According to a Polygon insider, the Xbox 360 browser could end up being a modified version of Internet Explorer 9. Moans and groans aside, if it carries the same look as the Metro style UI dashboard, you can bet that Xbox 360 users will be all over it in a flash and we’re willing to bet that it will offer a better experience than that seen on the PS3 at the moment.

Don’t forget that the Xbox 360 now has Bing Search, so extending that functionality with an web browser is obviously a very logical progression for the system. It also comes on the back of rumors suggesting that the next-generation Xbox may feature a biometrics controller so it is certainly looking good for Xbox 360 owners in the years to come.

Sony on the other hand will need to step it up if Microsoft are indeed planning this step. Navigating through websites using a brightly colored wand isn’t an option, obviously, so perhaps Sony needs to give their web browser an entire UI makeover, adding various menu and website shortcuts to make the experience as simple as possible.

It’s highly unlikely that we’ll see Adobe Flash working on the PS3 to an extent that it matches desktop performance, but Sony could find ways around this – i.e HTML5. At the moment they seem to have given up on their web browser as if to say ‘ there it is, that’s all you’re getting’, but if Microsoft bring out a superior browser you can bet that it will give Sony a wake up call that they badly need.

What is your opinion on the state of the web browser on the PS3? Do you think an Xbox 360 browser would force Sony to improve or do you think they are just holding off for next-gen now?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Progamer
Progamer

If I wanted to go on the internet I would use my PC. If I wanted to listen to music I would use my IPOD. If I wanted to watch movies I would use my TV. I wish Xbox and stuff would focus on gaming instead of these pointless apps.

Theosbornia
Theosbornia

 to be quite honest, the platform be it Xbox, ps3 or PC really does not matter just as long as you have a passion for gaming and you enjoy gaming, now STFU stupid fan boys, stop bitching on the internet and get playing games!

Zachary King-Billyard

Jesus Christ! Only took 8 god damn years!

Snitchkilla
Snitchkilla

ps3. Vita for life. that’s why there’s a ps4. If they were broke…they are a year behind and less then 5 mil behind microgay.

collin beaulieu

Eff Sony, Get Xbox. 

rolfola
rolfola

sony probably has had a plan all along to make a better browser, would’nt be surprised if it came out now as a purchase $$$ dl-content.

Roger
Roger

DIE SONY DIE, and take your lemming PS3TARD army with you to hell!

Zonewarriors
Zonewarriors

Rather have good games amd new ip’s on the PS3 then having only kinect games the lasr years except Gears and Halo, still don’t understand why people keep screaming 360 is better, there are no new grear games on it the last couple of years.

Masterlinkace
Masterlinkace

Well, the issue is, nintendo use opera (which is wank), Sony just can’t make a web browser, and microsoft, even though they are the only company with their own (if not also wank) browser, are way behind the times. Really, people should be using the good browsers on the platform they belong on, the PC/Mac.

Rayansaki
Rayansaki

 tbh i didn’t use the browser at all for the first 2 years after I bought the console, but since vita’s browser doesn’t even have the basic flash implementation the ps3 browser does, I’ve been using the ps3 browser often now from vita’s remote play to watch streams and youtube on the vita.

HaVoK308
HaVoK308

The web browser on the PS3 does not exist for me really. Because it is absolutely horrible. I rather browse the web on a DSi. It will be cool to have a good browser on the 360, but I have no need for it. I have a PC and iPad for that.

Russell Gorall
Russell Gorall

Can we stop pretending voice or gesture commands work well with Kinect? Try using Bing search on the console, after trying it about fifty times without success it tends to get old.

FonyPuppetNoMo
FonyPuppetNoMo

it only does everything

everything Fony wants you to do with it
do you think Fony will add a fully functional browser so people can play free flash games instead of their own games? lol not gonna do it, it only does fuckall for me this system, servers are unsecure etc, never again will i buy a Fony product lol
crash and burn Fony

Bkennedy26
Bkennedy26

I dont get why so many people hate Sony, its like they have a personal vendetta. seriously it wasnt sony that gave you a system with a 50% failure rate. why are people so damn mad at sony?

Meniacleman
Meniacleman

i think web browsers are pretty irrellevant

Ed V
Ed V

All I use it for is watching porn. I figure, if it kills my PS3, that better than my 2k Mac. But it works just fine for my needs.

DjrandyDjp
DjrandyDjp

i think it is a great idea but i also think is a little late in the game with the possible of the next Xbox just around the corner good idea but way late in the game.  

TM
TM

Yeah, this is about as important for a games console as my bellybutton fluff is to Hugh Heffner.

Arnold
Arnold

The recent update made the browser stable and compatible with tons of websites, especially flash heavy ones.

Dave Molecular

Is this author talking about the same Sony who has been decimated by tens of billions of dollars in losses over the last few years?  And you think they’re going to spend money doing anything to a console that is on it’s way out the door?  Don’t hold your breath buddy.

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The PS3 browser was recently updated and now works fine.

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