Google TV on the PlayStation 3? Let’s Speculate


Speculation is abound for the PlayStation 3 to get Google TV sometime in the future. Google says:

Google TV is a new experience made for television that combines the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet.

Here’s some of the facts we know:

  • Google’s partners in this Google TV venture are Sony, Logitech, Intel, and Dish Network.
  • PlayStation has a HDTV/DVR add on unit that can act as a TV tuner and a digital video recorder (utilizing the PS3 hard drive), called PlayTV in Europe and Australia and called the torne in Japan.
  • Apple has been all over the media with its Apple TV lately.
  • Google TV will be in the upcoming Sony Bravia TVs and in set-top boxes (among other places).

Here’s some rumors we think we know:

  • CVG learned new PS3 sku’s where in the works, a low end 250G model and a high end 500G model. The new models will also come with built in 802.11n WiFi for faster wireless internet connectivity.
  • Mashable learned “Google TV will eventually integrate with Sony Playstation.” though no source is cited.

Here’s where we can speculate:

  • Google didn’t have to partner with Sony. Other HDTV manufacturers have a larger install base. How many internet-ready Samsungs TVs and Blu-ray boxes are out there? Probably a bit more than Sony has. But who can say “With a firmware update, we can add 10, 20, 30 million internet connected, high capacity (if some uses easily upgrade their hard drives), high definition gaming consoles.” Think that may sway Google to partner up with Sony instead of another manufacturer?
  • Sony already has this little box called PlayTV/torne everywhere except North America. So except for everyone that lives within 3,000 miles of me, they literally need a simple firmware update and every single feature of Google TV is instantly available.
  • If Google TV comes to the PS3, I imagine we’ll get a better browser (spin off of Chrome?).

The only problem I see with a PS3 / Google TV merger is my cable company, will my set-top cable box be required to change channels? I could bypass the set-top box, but they recently announced all TVs will have to have some kind of mini-box. I’ll have to get that to see if I still change channels with the the TV or if I have to use this little mini-box thing. The current PlayTV model doesn’t support HDTV channels, so that’ll need to be fixed. I can’t foresee any other issues, and any form of Google TV on my console would be better than the nothing we have now.


Written by: mairondil - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Tosh on September 1st, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    I could see this happening and it would be a great move for both Sony and Google. I’d love to see Google Chrome arrive on the PlayStation 3!

  2. #2 by SicSemperTyranis on September 1st, 2010 [ 6405 Points ]

    Google TV on the PS3 would be cool. I could see it happening to since it would give Google and Sony a nice installed base to compete with Apple’s iTV.
    Before we get too excited lets see what kind of content they can get however…

  3. #3 by derrickgott007 on September 1st, 2010 [ 871 Points ]

    I’d be happy with just a new browser that works! Lol

  4. #4 by Andy on September 1st, 2010

    I’d probably not buy the new $99 Apple TV unit if I knew that Google TV was coming to the PS3…hopefully we’ll get a “full” service in Australia, not just a cut-down version.

  5. #5 by SL33PY on September 2nd, 2010

    The google TV and Sony (PS3) partnership shouldn’t have anything to do with your cable company. Knowing google they’ll stream your TV via internet directly to your PS3/Bravia/Vaio/SonyEricsson phone/….

  6. #6 by Gibb on September 2nd, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    I’m all for a webkit (Chrome) enabled browser on the PS3, just get rid of that current piece of crap!

  7. #7 by jeff_rigby on September 2nd, 2010

    Just did some reading on Web browser speed tests and the features tested provide information to me I had not known. Seems support for the following is in all new browsers with Flash 10.1, HTML5, CSS3:

    Javascript: JavaScript has become one of the most popular programming languages on the web. Initially, however, many professional programmers denigrated the language because its target audience was web authors and other such “amateurs”, among other reasons.[19] The advent of Ajax returned JavaScript to the spotlight and brought more professional programming attention. The result was a proliferation of comprehensive frameworks and libraries, improved JavaScript programming practices, and increased usage of JavaScript outside of web browsers, as seen by the proliferation of server-side JavaScript

    Java: is a programming language originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems (which is now a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation) and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems’ Java platform. The language derives much of its syntax from C and C++ but has a simpler object modeland fewer low-level facilities. Java applications are typically compiled to bytecode (class file) that can run on any Java Virtual Machine (JVM) regardless ofcomputer architecture. Java is a general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere”. Java is currently one of the most popular programming languages in use, and is widely used from application software to web applications.

    Flash: is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to Web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements and games. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for “Rich Internet Applications” (“RIAs”).
    Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone, and camera. Flash contains an Object-oriented language called ActionScript.

    Silverlight: is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works. Silverlight 4 adds a ton of new features, like webcam, microphone, and printing, to enable you to create incredible applications.

    And if Sony is porting the Chrome browser as the upgraded Web browser for the PS3 then the Android OS and Language will be available for the PS3.

    Android: The Android operating system software stack consists of Java applications running on a Java based object oriented application framework on top of Java core libraries running on a Dalvik virtual machine featuring JIT compilation. Libraries written in C include the surface manager, OpenCore[14] media framework, SQLite relational database management system, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics API, WebKit layout engine, SGL graphics engine, SSL, andBionic libc. The Android operating system consists of 12 million lines of code including 3 million lines of XML, 2.8 million lines of C, 2.1 million lines of Java, and 1.75 million lines of C++.[15]

    The above (Java, Javascript, Flash and Silverlight) will be in the Android Webkit as C++ that is compiled on the PS3 in native machine code and can be used/called by any application running on the PS3. All the above are also evolving languages that will need an update scheme which with Google’s Android would be supplied by Google.

    Also mentioned above as being included in Android as C++ routines are windows management routines. The concept of multiple re-sizable windows that we take for granted in PC, Mac and other platforms is missing on the PS3. The Proof of concept with the “Move” controller is telling. Without a mouse, re-sizable windows are clumsy….with the “Move” controller as an air-mouse re-sizable windows are not only possible but necessary for a New browser that supports Flash, Java, Silverlight and Javascript windows (they require WINDOWS support).

    This might be the rumored PS3 XMB redesign….windows. EDIT: NOT Microsoft Windows but generic windows, looks similar to but is not MS Windows.

    If Google Chrome is coming to the PS3, the routines to create and manage Windows would be in Android as C++ routines. That Google already has routines to sand box processes like Javascript might be used in these multiple windows.

    BIG POINTS:

    1) ALL the languages mentioned above can be used to create Games and applications that are device/hardware independent.
    2) All platforms supporting the new WEB browser standards have the ability to run the above games and applications
    3) Everyone appears to be creating Stores to sell the above applications
    4) the New Web browser also supports WEB games and Cloud computing applications which can generate revenue
    5) Everyone is rushing to have WEB Stores to sell these applications by October

    There is money to be made. Sony is a hardware company and considering the complexity of New Web browsers, will need to either contract out development of a new browser or port the FREE and OPEN SOURCE Google Chrome.

  8. #8 by mairondil on September 2nd, 2010 [ 310 Points ]

    jeff_rigby, you reminded me of something. If the PS3 get’s Google TV, it would probably also get the Android App store, including all those games and stuff.

  9. #9 by jeff_rigby on September 2nd, 2010

    #8 by mairondil on September 2nd, 2010 [ 455 points ]
    jeff_rigby, you reminded me of something. If the PS3 get’s Google TV, it would probably also get the Android App store, including all those games and stuff.

    And Flash, Java, Javascript games and Applications and Silverlight applications also.

    So Google, Sony, Facebook and Apple setup stores to sell applications that will work on every hardware platform, there hasn’t been such a large market for software EVER.

    A killer application for the PS3 with 40 million PS3s in users hands by Christmas and if only half of them buy it at $15 each…you do the math. Average 3 sales per PS3 in the next 6 months and then there are other platforms.

    So in the next 6 months just for the PS3 Sony could make $300+ million dollars just by releasing a new web browser, allowing third party software and selling same through a PSN store. The application would also work on Sony Google TVs and Blu-Ray players.

    So Sony gets the browser free from Google and needs to spend about $200K for programmers to port it to the PS3 and makes a half billion dollars in the next year. This provided they get everything in place at the same time or before Apple, Google and Facebook start selling applications.

    And this explains the rumored rush for October release, Google store open by October, Facebook dropping support for older browsers and sites that no longer work with the PS3 browser. Pressure from all sides for everyone to upgrade to the new browsers that all have multiple cross platform languages that create one huge market for everyone.

    Where do they get the applications to sell in the stores…From us. These upper level languages are easier to write with than ever before. Witness 70,000 Android applications that will work on every platform with an android OS no matter what CPU. Google has a free program that builds Android apps that is easy enough for a novice to use.

    Will most of these programs be garbage ,YES and this is why companies like SONY selling applications through the PSN store can keep a large share of the market by only selling quality programs or games.

  10. #10 by jeff_rigby on September 3rd, 2010

    The Netflix from the XMB PS3 application requires the Microsoft Playready DRM and HTML5; where did Sony get the code? I believe from the Chrome Web browser Webkit which includes Silverlight and HTML5.

    Again, this is another strong indication that Chrome is coming to the PS3 and the Chrome Webkit will be in the PS3 and at least parts will be active/being used by October when Netflix releases their application.

    One more point: Flash, HTML5, Javascript, in fact all browsers, will be going through a process of upgrades and bug fixes as HTML5 is not finished. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5

    The point is Google will be providing these updates in a format that SONY can use to update all their platforms with the same code.

  11. #11 by Merit on October 14th, 2010

    Yeah, well it won’t – GTV devices are required to have HDMI input and output – and the PS3 doesn’t have the HDMI Input.


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