The new PS Vita web browser: Review

OFW 2.00 contains major updates, according to html5test.com, the new ps vita web browser ranks 2nd only behind the Wii U (which has an unfair advantage) whereas the old browser was way behind, there has been a 400% increase in html5 support, not only that,but the faster browser experience, the cursor to make choosing things easier all have turned the worst browser in the universe into one of the best web browsers on any portable device (good job Sony!)

The web browser incorporates so many new updates that a seperate post is needed to explain all the features.

The web browser now adds a cool new feature like a cursor The cursor

Just hold down either one of the shoulder buttons and tap the screen for the cursor to appear, it automatically points to nearby links, when it is pointing at the link that you want to click just remove your finger from the screen, it will automatically click the link

You can also type using the d-pad buttons like you would on the PSP

 

As this version was also supposed to increase the clock speed of the GPU and maybe even the RAM (GPU might need it) the scrolling and rendering of web pages has increased exponentially! Compared to the older browser where you would have to wait for some time will scrolling or zooming, or even while loading the page, the new version completely eliminates all such problems, the only time you have to wait is the when your web page is loading (depends on your Wifi speed)

 

The main highlight is the HTML5 support, the older browser scored a shameful 58 with no bonus points, the new version scores 243 with 2 bonus (behind the Wii U by just 15 points and 2 bonus, this clearly shows the true power of the Vita, the Vita’s being a portable device has beat home consoles like the XBOX 360 and is competing with the Wii U!

 

Now lets just hope that Sony releases a browser update for the PS3 users because I wouldn’t really expect that it would be too hard considering that they have accomplished a nearly impossible feat by making the Vita’s browser when of the best out there!

 

The ability to tweet a web page directly from the web browser has been added. So now if your twitter account is linked with your PSN you can tweet an interesting find directly from your browser!

 

The PSVita’s browser has suddenly earned a good reputation in a short amount of time, although this is still 50% support. Come on Sony! Increase support up to 100% in the next update! Leave everyone else in the dust!

  1. wololo’s avatar

    The html5 score does not mean much if the browser does not support video or audio, which is what most people are looking for nowadays.

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    1. TheBudds’s avatar

      Well since they sell movies and music through their services they probably are never going to update to fix that. It’s like how the people who I used to joke with when they asked “does the ps3 play mkv?” to which I would reply “Yeah, it’s called bluray”

      It wasn’t to be mean, it was just to show people sony’s way of thinking. We got to take more stuff into our own hands. Converting and what-not.

      I know Sony will never support mkv on either the ps3 or vita, that’s why I just convert my own stuff :) To end note, it’s stupid how Sony has not even bothered with getting compatible digital copies for either the psp or vita :(

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      1. TheBudds’s avatar

        Oops, was supposed to be “digital copy of movies”

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      2. Aardy’s avatar

        I agree with wololo. There is little point to a web browser when I cant log on to youtube (or any other video site) and play vids.

        I know the vita has a youtube app that can play vids, so why cant the web browser support them? There are many many other “flash” websites than youtube.

        How can you call it a multimedia device, when it cant play 90% of the internet.

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        1. SSJ-Vita’s avatar

          I was always somewhat leery of apps even tho on my ipod touch (1st gen) I have experienced pretty awesome end user experiences. Sony changed that for keeps to the point where I may decide to never get windows 8 due to my absolute disgust and downright hatred of apps. A touchscreen made in the year 2012 should be able to go to weather.com and watch weather in motion. No weather in motion… no upgrading to 2.0 for me

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        2. E’s avatar

          The funny thing is, if you guys remember, around the time the PSP first came out, you could access YouTube and certain flash sites through the Browser (though not the best performance). I guess Adobe just dropped support or somehing idk. So we know Sony can do it, they r just being LAME

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        3. neverthewiseone’s avatar

          lol, your just angry because you can’t access adult sites to watch their live streaming videos using your beautiful oled screen.

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      3. Shinny’s avatar

        Well Apple made their safari work with audio and video, and in the main time they sell videos and music on Appstore, so theres a good chance that sony will do the same.. time will tell..

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  2. Robert E Lee’s avatar

    Neat! Still not worth updating for though ;)

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  3. Chacaldecg’s avatar

    good reputation? the wheel not browse videos on browse and sucks for me, need to run a browse videos online! if not for me is useless, I watch xvideos! or anitube! or other sites!

    Browse ps vita = 0

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  4. Mr MaGoo’s avatar

    I like the new browser (as i am on it now) but i dont like how when u enlarge the window, it does not allow u to scroll. this could deffinately use an update. other than that it looks like an android browser almost.

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    1. dom’s avatar

      you can use the touchpad on the back to move the screen around when the screen is enlarged and your trying to read the large print

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  5. riowzl’s avatar

    Anyway, I have updated for ps plus ‘free’ contents. It’s live for US,,,,, XD

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  6. Andre104623’s avatar

    i will only care if it had flash support since it still doesnt there is no way im updating from 1.80 and lose MHFU eCFW

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    1. StepS’s avatar

      there won’t be any flash player. Not only did Adobe cancel development for portable devices, but also for linux.

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      1. SSJ-Vita’s avatar

        Yeah about that, Does adobe have competition, and if so who? Because this little stunt should cost them their business and they should be ran off from all devices and replaced by user friendly services from something “anything” else.

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  7. Premo’s avatar

    The pointer really helps to alleviate a lot of the frustration in using touch-screen browsers. Definitely a welcome addition.

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  8. PoizenZombie’s avatar

    now all they need is a ereader and a crunchyroll app and i will be happy

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  9. Mr. Jack’s avatar

    All I ask is that they release updates adding Flash Support and video/audio browsing. I’m sure there are tons of other awesome features to add but those are my main points. Now for us, we need to get a full Vita CFW with android and apple support!

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  10. ricerrr’s avatar

    The PS Vita Browser just needs to suport flash player and then ill update =)

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  11. IgnusArmagadan’s avatar

    This alone almost makes me want to update, but eCFW TN-C is still a better deal than the browser, and I use the browser every day!!

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  12. Darenvy’s avatar

    This really excites me. With HTML5 we can start playing HTML5 games. Of which people are developing browser online games with such as BrowserQuest

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    1. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

      Lol check out this site for HTML5 games :3 {http://www.sitepoint.com/5-awesome-html5-games/}

      NOTE: to use most of these kind of games on the vita your will need to know the pointer mouse trick which I just made up right now you will hold the Left trigger or right Trigger and predict the arrow clicks on a little side note as it is impossible to map keys with some games you wont be able to play some that arent all click action.

      the games on this site include:
      1. Biolab Disaster
      2. Crystal Galaxy
      3. Canvas Rider
      4. Agent 008 Ball
      5. Pirates Love Daisies

      HAVE FUNN!

      [Note: Most likely will create a post in the forums for Html5 sites that can be used in the vita]

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      1. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

        Canvas Rider:
        This game looks nice you can do some functions along with zoom in to fit the track to screen and watch other users replays by clicking on their names in the leader-boards haha… but beyond that its not a functional game just looks nice!

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        1. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

          FYI I put LOL because BrowserQuest is a fail for the Vrowser xD

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  13. aboutseven’s avatar

    You know, out of all the features they’ve added, why the hell is there not a copy and paste function? Seriously, all mobile devices have this, and it’s obnoxious that it doesn’t have this feature. I’ve had multiple instances where there have been un-clickable links, and I’ve had to type out the whole thing because rather than just copy and pasting it.

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  14. playergg’s avatar

    i didnt any improvement…
    i think only 30 of a 100

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    1. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

      Actually its 245 out of 500!

      link check on vita: http://www.HTML5test.com/

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      1. Mariew’s avatar

        Internet Explorer 9.0 on Windows 7 just score 138 and 5 bonus points…

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  15. Matthew’s avatar

    Its too bad that the new ps vita owners ( i bought psvita system two weeks ago) can not use youtube app and watch web video on vita system. Some of you may have vita with the youtube app but the new owners do not have that luck
    (soory about my english)

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    1. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

      You will need to goto the playstation store on your vita or PS3 there will be a section called apps and the youtube app will be in there

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    2. andrea82it’s avatar

      you can download the app from ps store, you no need luck but simply open ps store and download the app….

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    3. ADR’s avatar

      What are you talking about? You can always download the Youtube app for free off the PSN store on your Vita.

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    4. StepS’s avatar

      youtube is probably unsupported in your country. once it is, there’ll be an app

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  16. Lion_Amongst_Men’s avatar

    Heres a test I did with the browser on 2 handhelds in a HTML5 test by side by side comparison :}

    Nintendo 3DS “109 out of 500 possible points”

    [Parsing rules 0/10]
    [Canvas 10/10]
    [Video 0/30]
    [Audio 0/20]
    [Elements 10/35]
    [Forms 38/115]
    [User Interaction 0/20]
    [History and Interaction 10/10]
    [Microdata 0/15]
    [Web Applications 4/20]
    [Security 10/20]
    [Various 2/10]
    [Location and Orientation 0/20]
    [WebGL 0/25]
    [Communication 10/35]
    [Files 0/10]
    [Storage 0/25]
    [Workers 0/15]
    [Local Multimedia 0/10]
    [Notifications 0/10]
    [Other 5/10]
    [Audio 0/5]
    [Video and Animation 0/10]

    PlayStation Vita “245 out of 500 possible points”

    [Parsing rules 10/10 + 2 bonus points]
    [Canvas 20]
    [Video 0/30]
    [Audio 0/20]
    [Elements 28/35]
    [Forms 78/115]
    [User Interaction 2/20]
    [History and Interaction 10/10]
    [Microdata 0/15]
    [Web Applications 15/20]
    [Security 15/20]
    [Various 5/10]
    [Location and Orientation 0/20]
    [WebGL 10/25]
    [Communication 23/35]
    [Files 0/10]
    [Storage 15/25]
    [Workers 0/15]
    [Local Multimedia 0/10]
    [Notifications 0/10]
    [Other 5/10]
    [Audio 0/5]
    [Video and Animation 7/10]

    http://www.HTML5test.com/

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  17. scooter61686’s avatar

    no body comments on the time his screenshot was taken?!..tssk tssk

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  18. marx’s avatar

    @ EU the browse are not updated same as before huhuhuhuhuhuh

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  19. natejr’s avatar

    Not bad,but the stock browser 2.3.4 xperia play is 224 and you play anything in 720hd and all video from youtube o youporn o hottube and use the joystick like a mouse and it’ s only single core…and the flash support…it’s not mutch for the hardware of the vita..i’m stay with the cf tnb 1.81…

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  20. Looney Tunes’s avatar

    If only the PSP Browser was updated to run more nicely, but that’s not gonna happen

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  21. ryan’s avatar

    Also wololo you forgot that we can now run the web browser with games simultaneously which is a huge jump!!!

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  22. vaxl’s avatar

    let’s be honest. You guys just want to be able to watch pron on your vita.

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  23. Matthew’s avatar

    Uk store no youtube app
    De store no youtube app

    Where can i find youtube app?

    thanks anyone for answer

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  24. wololojr’s avatar

    This is gay give another review on something else rather than making everyone yawn.

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  25. Foleyfactor’s avatar

    iPhone 4s 386 plus 9 bonus points!

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  26. Yol Morefi’s avatar

    Download youtube’s video again :
    http://psvita-stuff.androidtutofast.com/

    It was impossible in 1.81 but it’s back now with a new script that was writtent as “test” for the 1.81 but didn’t worked too.

    Oretude delete all thoose scrypt from his page but luckely I kept it in my favourite =)

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  27. simelomontolomeo’s avatar

    i want to play xvideos on my vita :(

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  28. Steffan’s avatar

    I think you’re forgetting the best new feature here, son.
    You can now use the web browser while playing a game, woohoo! No more having to close your games just to look something up on the internet, man what a pain that was.

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  29. mickey’s avatar

    there is good youtube video converter for people who cant get youtube from the store

    search the video name then get mp4 link

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  30. vita fan’s avatar

    vita video support suckx ;(((

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