I heard a few rumblings over the weekend from some gaming sites of the possibility that the browser on the PS3 might get replaced with Chrome. One site even reportedly contact Google PR and got this respose; “we have nothing to announce at this time”. That’s not really much of a denial.
Putting Chrome on the PS3 actually makes a lot of sense. While Sony has a browser on their console already, it could use some work. Here’s a video overview of the browser I found among a lot of “Sony should really fix their browser” videos on YouTube.
Google has experience putting a browser on televisions, since they have been using a version of Chrome on Google TV since that product was first introduced to the public last year. Judging by the above clip, it seems that the browser on the PS3 is a functional afterthought to the system. It just seems difficult to use, but it was something that had to be included. That’s nothing against Sony, but their expertise isn’t really in web technologies.
Plus, for Sony to get Google’s browser and the technical capabilities that come with it would surely be a bonus against their main rival console, which is Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
The PS3 is a perfect example where Google can provide a WebKit HTML5-compliant browser. Think of other gadgets out there that have browsers which could use some sprucing up. Do you have a device that you wish would come with Chrome?