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PS5 doesn't have a web browser, Sony thinks it isn't necessary

Sony's next-gen PS5 is missing a web browser, one of the most basic features included on the PS4. Why? It's not essential.

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Published Tue, Nov 10 2020 5:18 PM CST

Sony confirms the PS5 currently doesn't have a web browser, one of the basic functions and features of the PS4. But this could changer farther down the line.

PS5 doesn't have a web browser, Sony thinks it isn't necessary 1 | TweakTown.com

The PlayStation 5 makes big improvements over the PS4 in various ways, including faster load times, astronomically more powerful CPU and GPU performance, and a dramatic adjustment in UI features. There's some things the PS5 is missing, though: It won't have a web browser, for one, and for two, it won't let you store PS5 games on regular external hard drives (they can only be stored on the internal SSD).

Why doesn't the PS5 have a web browser? Sony doesn't really think you need it. At least that's the public answer. The real answer might have something to do with web-based vulnerabilities. To wit, the PS4's browser on v1.76 allowed you to access the console's kernel by visiting a web page on the browser.

"Currently, we do not intend to install a web browser on PS5," Sony VP Hideaki Nishino said in a recent interview with AV Watch.

"Of course, I use it as a component to use various network functions, but I have doubts about whether a web browser is required for game consoles as an application, so please let me know."

Sony could add this in the future, though. The company plans to evolve the PS5 with future firmware updates, adding in features like 8K resolution output, possible native 1440p video signal output, and dynamically controlling fan speeds.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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