PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

Planetweb and Ergosoft have formed a business alliance to provide the Internet software and middleware for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system in Japan.
Ergosoft will publish the Planetweb Web Browser in Japan and license the TCP/IP networking components to game developers and other multimedia application software developers.
Ergosoft plans to launch sales of the PS2 browser sometime before the end of March 2001, and the company will also make it available to other firms, such as makers of modems and game console peripherals, bundled with other software titles. In addition, Ergosoft will provide software libraries for separate functions, including TCP/IP stack, HTTP protocol, HTML engine, on an OEM basis to the developers of PS2 game software who want to produce titles incorporating networking features.

The price of the PS2 browser is still to be decided, but it will almost certainly retail at less than the cost of most currently available game titles. Ergosoft expects to ship 100,000 copies of the browser in its first year on the market.

One of the main attractions of the browser that Planetweb is in the midst of developing is that it makes use of the PS2's flicker filter, which will help to ensure that it has a high standard of onscreen picture quality. The size of the browser's onscreen display is also being maximized, with the incorporation of a pop-up control menu that users call up only when needed. It will have a resolution of 640 x 480.
The browser will also incorporate automatic setup programs to ease the way for users to access the Internet via recommended Internet service providers. The browser will, of course, include e-mail software and it will even be possible for users to send their game saved data files to other users as e-mail attachments. There will also be an MP3 player function so that the users can play MP3 music files on the Web.
The browser is to be compatible with HTML 3.2, TABLE, Cascade Style Sheet (CSS), FORM, GIF87/GIF89a, WAV/AIFF/AU audio file formats, SSL 3.0, JavaScript 1.1, HTTP 1.0, and Macromedia Flash 3.0. It will also feature a Japanese input system.

Also by the end of March 2001, Ergosoft will start selling a new MP3 player software that is compatible with the PS2's HDD, and will play MP3 files. It will enable users to create their own MP3 files from CDs. The retail price for this product, too, is still undecided. The company plans to sell 100,000 copies within the first year of its launch.

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PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

What is this? I thought the Internet is just for people with a brain in their head!? And now.... Play"f**kin"Stations, Dreamcasts and in the near future, the x-box will flood the traffic? This is for all people out there who can´t spend the money for a PC or another computer instead buyin´ little plastic boxes: f**k YOU!!!

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

Gamecube will indefinitely be better it runs faster has better sound and graphic capabilities and is easier top program for than Ps2. Ps2 graphics suck shit to what you can get on Computer as well. Having the F***ing net on PS2 is Dumbarse. they will make the net slow for everyone else and the will all be F***ing Dumbarses!!!!!!.

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

You little wankers, The PS2 has currently the best graphics of any machine to date, and people saying that the computer has better graphics, yeah well think about how you have to spend on expensive computer hardware before the graphics even come close to that of a PS2. As for Nintendo's new machine it will have the same floor as all it's other machines the games will be for little snot nosed mongs i mean honestly Nintendo your games are shithouse.

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

I think that the PS2 is a great gaming system, it will probably be the best of the next gen systems (if only beacause of all the cool games). But, that is all it is. Get a frigin PC if you want to use the net.Besides, at 640x480, the net will be almost useless. You really need 1024x768 or higher to view most websites correctally.

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

I hate TV's thats why consoles look jaggy, try play quake 3 at 640x480 and watch those jaggiesI thought the ps2 could do 1280x1024... I don't know how???NET is gay on consoles... I must have used the net on the Dreamcast maybe 1 or 2 times. to use the net you need 1. a monitor 2. a mouse and keyboard 3. modem 4. Hard drive ... you might as well get a PC...

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

COnsoles are not made for the net, just as Rhinos aint ment to Fly. Gfx on PS2 are nice, but TV vs Monitor??? no contest really! and as for the Games? well all the ones ive seen and played so far i always get a sence of Deja-vu that ive played them on a Playstation1 before... if u catch me drift!

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

How can you downplay the hardware capabilities of the ps2? it was the world's first cost effective 128 bit processor and a RISC based processor at that. sony beat everyone, including AMD and Intel to the punch with their development division and brought an amazing innovation to the processor world. And there is no current PC technology that can even come close to pushing the amount of power of the ps2. dont get me wrong, i still love my pc, but the ps2 is currently the most powerful piece of hardware out on the market right now.

PlayStation 2 Browser soon to be released

I dont understand why companies are putting so much effort in to having web access on a game console. Nobody wants it. You'd think theyd figure it out. Sony is lossing sight of what really matters, gaming. Don't get me wrong, the PS2 is awesome, but they should act more like Nintendo when they talk about the GameCube.As the PC vs PS2 gfx wise, the PS2 has a SLIGHT lead, but in 6months...bye bye PS2...thats teh problem with consoles, they get left behind.BTW- REAL online mutliplayer is for computers.

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