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Access to Provide 3DS Internet Browser

by Karlie Yeung - March 1, 2011, 3:25 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Nikkei

The new handheld will not be using Opera's browser as the Nintendo DS did.

Access, a company who develops embedded software, will be providing a version of the NetFront browser for the Nintendo 3DS. The Internet browser will be available for download through a software update in May.

The Internet browser is currently in use in over one billion devices including mobile phones. Notable versions are those produced for Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

The Nintendo DS initially used an Opera provided and named Internet browser, which later lost the Opera name and was known simply as the Nintendo DS/DSi Browser.


TurdFurgyMarch 01, 2011

So am I going to be able to watch YouTube vids on my 3DS?

Mop it upMarch 01, 2011

You will as long as it has at least Flash 8 like the Wii browser.

yoshi1001March 01, 2011

Interesting. This switchover may explain why it wasn't ready for launch.

TJ SpykeMarch 01, 2011

Is it too much to hope that it will support Flash Mobile 10.1?

BlackNMild2k1March 01, 2011

Quote from: TJ

Is it too much to hope that it will support Flash Mobile 10.1?

No. infact we should all expect it to.

AVMarch 01, 2011

Never heard of Access, but whatever as long as its fast and smooth and has up to date flash I'll be happy

This is really disappointing. I don't know whether it was technical reasons, licensing, or something else that led to the change, but Opera's browser is far superior. Unless Access steps up their game, this will make developing for 3DS compatibility a huge headache. I almost wonder if it was done to discourage HTML5-based games. I also wouldn't count on Flash since the 3DS has a fairly low-power processor.

TJ SpykeMarch 01, 2011

MB, do you really see people making Internet games with the 3DS Internet browser in mind? Because from what I can tell, this will have no impact on 3DS or 3DSWare games.

Yes. HTML5 gaming is just starting to get big. There were a few simple games for the DS browser, but it was simply too underpowered to do anything interesting.
However, I'm more worried about just browsing regular sites in this browser. Things might work okay now, but I worry about future advancement. Perhaps somebody with more experience with the PlayStation browsers can comment.

Mop it upMarch 01, 2011

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that they would have to pay a licencing fee to use the latest version of Flash, but they could use an older version without paying a fee. I believe this was the reason the Wii browser had Flash 7 originally, and upgraded to Flash 8 once it became free of licencing. But I may be recalling incorrectly.

Regardless, full Flash is only available for ARM Cortex-A8 and above (600MHz+), which is out of range of the 3DS. There's a possibility for Flash Lite.

Mop it upMarch 01, 2011

Can Flash Lite (lol puns) be used to view YouTube, as the member above wanted to know?

I'd at least think the mobile version of YouTube would work on the 3DS, but I guess that doesn't matter much since it wouldn't be different than viewing it on your phone.

The lower-quality streams should work. They'd probably kill the battery.

only1gameguruMarch 01, 2011

From my experience with browsing the internet with the wii, there was a lot of room for improvement on how a browser works with a console, in truth i ended up uninstalling internet channel... Though when I can actually get a 3DS I would hope it'd atleast access .mobile sites faster then my Wii did google searches.

NintendoFanboyMarch 03, 2011

If they allow streaming of h.264 video, oh say like the ipod touch, it can stream youtube.
i go to the youtube mobile site with my old 1st gen silverback iphone and watch
youtube videos, as long as they allow streaming. You dont need flash, would be nice but
if i have netflix(check) and youtube( ? ) im fine with no flash.

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