Finally, string-base64 fails. Given the complete lack of debugging utilities for the PS3's browser, I have no idea why.
So I ran a local copy of SunSpider with those three tests removed. The final score is 98 seconds. Keep in mind that this figure is missing three tests.
- Opera, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox on any computer I have access to. (Not surprising.)
- IE7 on an Intel Core2 Duo desktop.
- IE7 on a 2-year old Intel Core Duo laptop.
- IE7 on a 4-year old 3.2GHz Intel Pentium 4 laptop - after skipping the same set of tests the PS3 skipped. (Incidentally, the PS3 processor is clocked at 3.2GHz.) IE7 does terrible at the "string-base64" test, so skipping it really helps its score.
- The Opera browser on the Nintendo Wii. (It scored about 50 seconds - but that's all tests.)
- The Safari browser on a second generation iPod Touch. Well, after removing the three tests that the PS3 couldn't do, otherwise they match fairly well.
So, there you have it: Sony's PS3, about as powerful as a second generation iPod Touch. At least when it comes to their browser.