Until recently, I was able to log into Stack Overflow using the webbrowser (Mobile IE) on my PS3. The latest PS3 update appears to have added better session support to the browser, so I don't know exactly when Stack Overflow stopped allowing me to login.

Currently, if I go to the login page I see: "or provide the openid:" - there's no images & links to forward to my provider for sync'ing authentication.

I had noticed a few weeks ago that functionality had been severely limited - no voting (up, down, on comments, or to close). All I could do was edit the question and add/edit answers. But adding answers was now prompting me with a captcha, though I was logged in :/

It was a pain that I'd get a 404 on successfully adding an answer, though refreshing would work just fine. The captcha addition didn't change anything with this regard...

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    Mobile IE? I have never wanted a PS3 less...
    – Shog9
    Aug 24, 2010 at 21:56
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    I can only imagine the dedication that would lead one to browse SO on one's PS3.
    – mmyers
    Aug 24, 2010 at 21:56
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    Either that, or you're taking the whole SO-as-game theory far too seriously.
    – mmyers
    Aug 24, 2010 at 21:57
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    Um, where did you get your information that the PS3 uses IE?
    – Earlz
    Aug 24, 2010 at 21:59
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    Sony PS3 has it's own web browser unless you are using some sort of modded firmware. Aug 24, 2010 at 22:08
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    When I browse the internet on my PS3, I get messages saying "your version of IE is not supported..." for various embedded videos. Whatever it is, browsing SO on it doesn't work like it used to.
    – OMG Ponies
    Aug 24, 2010 at 23:35
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    If all you want to do is look at the site, try this. Aug 25, 2010 at 5:20

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Hmm. I was curious what web browser the PS3 does use, and apparently, it's crazy:

The PlayStation 3 uses a version of the NetFront browser by Access Co. as its internal web browser. It is the same browser used in the PSP (Sony-branded NetFront 2.81) with the same interface, menus and virtual keyboard. Its user agent string is cloaked, falsely reporting as Mozilla/5.0 (PLAYSTATION 3; 1.00).

That was in 2006, though, so I don't know how much has changed. Can't find much else on any updates.

Based on this thread title of "Will Sony -ever- update the PS3 web browser?" and dated 8-14-2010, perhaps not much has changed..

Looks like the PS3 is rolling out another browser update with 4.10 firmware (Feb/Mar 2012?) and it might stop sucking.. possibly:


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    Yeah. The PS3's browser is incredibly horrible. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:15
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    If anyone cares (!), as an FYI the debugging firmware allows you to switch to WebKit, and this can be easily enabled with a custom firmware. I don't really use my PS3 browser enough to warrant hacking the firmware for this, but I guess some people might.
    – Andy E
    Jan 6, 2011 at 12:08
  • I can see you're busy on important things in your waning weeks :) Feb 8, 2012 at 20:20
  • @adam it's an interesting bit of trivia to me, no idea why Feb 8, 2012 at 20:22

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