PS3’s browser

PS3’s Netfront-based browser is nowhere as good as Nintendo Wii’s Opera. When it’s on standard size it doesn’t use the full TV size (it just uses a thin vertical strip and it’s unreadable in 1080i), and when it’s set on widescreen, it’s out of the safe zone. In fact, ALL the PS3 game demos we tried so far are out of the safe zone (while the PS2 and Wii don’t have this problem in our 55″ CRT TV).

However, the biggest problem I have with the PS3 browser is the Flash performance. On YouTube, it drops frames — especially when in full screen mode. I get about 5 fps. The Wii, a much less powerful device, doesn’t sweat at all. So what’s up with that? Is the PS3 that much rocky still after so many firmware upgrades?


Billy wrote on September 9th, 2007 at 11:41 AM PST:

Hmm, weird. When I zoom in on YouTube I get full framerate. Also, you can zoom in (and increase the font size) to make it quite watchable on 1080i.

I don’t remember off-hand about safe zone adjustments for the browser, but it’s an option in most games (it would have been nice had they made that a system setting; another in a long list of things that could be improved).

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Eugenia wrote on September 9th, 2007 at 11:45 AM PST:

Nope, it doesn’t run on full frame rate here, and this is a brand new PS3. As for the font size, I would much prefer to have it use the full screen –without being out of the safe zone– just like the Wii does… Weird stuff…

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