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Does PS5 Have an Official Web Browser?

Does the PS5 have a browser?

No, the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a dedicated web browser like its predecessors.  Ironically, when it launched in 2013, the PS4 had a full-blown web browser that you could use to access any website, which its successor failed to achieve. The lack of an official web browser application on the PS5 might seem counterintuitive, but Sony has its reasons for skipping it entirely on their new generation of consoles. 

Why Is There No Web Browser on PS5?

The PS5’s lack of a web browser can likely be attributed to two major reasons. It’s simply not a priority and to reduce the chance of a jailbreak.

Not a Priority

Sony’s primary focus with the PlayStation 5 was to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience, and a web browser didn’t quite fit into that vision. The Japanese company has invested most of its resources in enhancing the PS5’s gaming capabilities rather than providing a standalone browsing platform. 

Plus, using a browser with a joystick just isn’t as fun as it is with a keyboard and a mouse. And you have a browser on your phone at all times anyway.

Avoiding Jailbreaks

Including a web browser in the console could expose the system to injection jailbreaks and other security risks. Sony can maintain tighter control over the PS5’s security by forgoing a browser, minimizing the chances of unauthorized access or system tampering. 

This move helps protect the console’s integrity and the experience for game users, ensuring that hacks or cheats don’t undermine developers’ hard work.

Will Sony Add a PS5 Web Browser?

It’s unlikely that Sony will introduce an official web browser for the PS5. While it’s always possible that Sony may change its stance in the future, there’s yet to be an indication of that happening soon.

Do you wish PS5 had a dedicated web browser? In your opinion, is having a web browser necessary in a gaming console? Let us know in the comments!

Raymond Sam

Raymond Sam

Raymond is the founder and editor TheGamingSetup.com. He's has reviewed hundreds of mice, keyboards, controllers and other gaming peripherals over the last decade. He's been gaming for even longer, playing all kinds of games on all systems with a several thousand hours of DOTA 2, Starcraft , Street Fighter, Smash Bros, Overwatch, Apex Legends and Call of Duty under his belt with the intention of adding several more thousand going forward.

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