This is the new PlayStation Video Unlimited service. This PlayStation app runs at a full 60 frames per second (when you see it on a PS3), has tons of 3D graphics effects, full-speed 1080p video playback, and a fluid, hardware accelerated, animated user experience. What you may not know is that this is a web app.
A Web App? On A PlayStation?
Two years ago, I helped start this project at Sony. In six weeks, our team took a working Flash UI prototype and recreated it on a PS3, complete with an early version of the platform, now internally called Trilithium. Alex Bustin, the same UI developer who built the original UI prototype, also wrote the Trilithium port.
The release of Video Unlimited was delayed until now, but Trilithium was used to build another of Sony’s partner’s apps, Hulu Plus for PS3. (See video at the end of this post).
The Trilithium Platform
We built Trilithium for several reasons:
- Make good use of the complex 8-core + GPU PS3 hardware without killing ourselves.
- Give this power to our UX developers and designers.
- Let partners easily build their own PS3 apps with little knowledge of PS3 architecture.
- Rapidly develop with a flexible environment.
True, there’s no hyperlinking and Trilithium isn’t open (for now).
But Video Unlimited, Hulu Plus, and future Trilithium apps do show what’s possible when you bring the best parts of web and native technology together.