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What's the browser like?

What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 13, 2012 17:02 UTC (Mon) by alex (subscriber, #1355)
Parent article: XBMC 11 "Eden"

Does XMBC package a web-browser?

I consume most of my media through my freedom hating PS3 which works very well if your video files are of the correct MP4 variety. However my weekly dose of Zero Punctuation is a more turgid affair as the browser struggles with rendering a "Designed for PC Browser" page. Although Sony have improved the browser a little in their latest release I'm anticipating attaching a RasberryPi to the back of my telly as the main video playback device.


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What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 13, 2012 22:36 UTC (Mon) by jimparis (subscriber, #38647) [Link]

> Although Sony have improved the browser a little in their latest release

More than a little -- they replaced NetFront with WebKit.

What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 14, 2012 6:51 UTC (Tue) by alex (subscriber, #1355) [Link]

It's still not great but I guess that is mainly because the browser is all being rendered on a relatively slow PPC core without utilising the processing power in the rest of the Cell.

What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 14, 2012 7:09 UTC (Tue) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

That slow PPC core is the fastest one in the package. I'm not sure how the SPEs could really be used to help, they are slow and resource constrained. While the "Cell" is a futuristic design it's pretty old now and not magic, no matter what the marketing says.

What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 27, 2012 5:10 UTC (Mon) by dirtyepic (subscriber, #30178) [Link]

With the right UPnP serving app you should be able to stream web video directly to the PS3 without needing a web browser. I've never needed to do so but I'm looking at replacements to Mediatomb right now and I know I've come across a couple that should do what you want with a minimum of fuss. Serviio was one. Mediatomb might be able to do it with some custom javascript but upstream is dead.

I'm currently trying ps3mediaserver, because I just need something that can serve up video files over the network in any format without needing to mess around in XML or write transcoding scripts. It was drop-in and go.

What's the browser like?

Posted Feb 27, 2012 17:56 UTC (Mon) by jimparis (subscriber, #38647) [Link]

If your files are already in a compatible format (h.264, XviD, etc) minidlna works well as a lightweight UPnP server.


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