120GB "Slim" PS3 officially announced

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Nicholas Martin, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Paul Arnette

    Paul Arnette Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Messages:
    2,616
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ah. Thanks for the explanation!
     
  2. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have no idea how a 360 behaves since I've never used one and only saw demos encased in plastic, but the PS3 behaves like this:

    When you turn it on, you hear the sound of an orchestra "rising", just like what you would hear at a classical music concert.

    The default screen is "Game", unless you already have a DVD / Blu-ray disc inside the console. If you do, "Video" is the default screen, with the disc already selected so you just have to press enter.

    If it's on "Game", scroll once to the left to get to "Video", and insert the disc. You then scroll up or down (it depends) to select it, and then hit enter. It starts like pressing Play on a regular player.

    This is what it looks like:

    [​IMG]

    As you can see, the little icons that run across identify each section - a camera for "Photo", a musical note for "Music", a filmstrip for "Video", a game controller for "Game", and the name of each is underneath the icon when it's selected.

    This XMB (XrossMediaBar) is supposed to be on a lot of Sony products including TVs and Blu-ray players as well.
     
  3. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2001
    Messages:
    3,024
    Likes Received:
    0
  4. DavidJ

    DavidJ Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Messages:
    3,093
    Likes Received:
    231
    Real Name:
    David
    In addition to Nicholas's post above, you can have the PS3 set to auto play when a disc has been inserted. This saves you a step and makes it more like a stand alone player.
     
  5. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,388
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    Thanks for the notes. I'll be looking into this more
     
  6. Zack Gibbs

    Zack Gibbs Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2005
    Messages:
    1,687
    Likes Received:
    2
    Man, I never new you could turn autoplay off. That's always annoyed me (because there's so many things you could be turning it on for).

    I'm surprised the idea of adding IR support or HD Audio bit-streaming hasn't been brought up. Both would have been insanely easy to add.
     
  7. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2001
    Messages:
    4,733
    Likes Received:
    1
    Would be nice if they also released an improved remote control (that both versions can use). I hate the one that they made, so I use a third-party one, but it is not perfect either.
     
  8. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2002
    Messages:
    7,632
    Likes Received:
    1
    here is more info on the updated cell chip

    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090820/tc_pcworld/sonysps3slimcarriesupdatedcellchip



     
  9. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,388
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    Would be nice if they acted sanely and made it an IR remote instead of bluetooth.
     
  10. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,840
    Likes Received:
    1,870
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Crazy talk! =) You guys can pine for IR all you want but non-LOS connectivity like bluetooth is the true future for remotes. WiFi is even better but BT does the job.


    PURE crazy talk!

    Seriously tho, of the dozen plus remotes in my house the PS3 remote is my favorite. It is fantastic.
     
  11. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,388
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    It may be the future, but it's not the present.

    It is pure Sony: design a a "standard" interface incompatible with everyone else.
     
  12. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    I hate having to use like five different remotes (can't afford a Harmony right now) but I do like the PS3 remote, except that if you're not careful enough you can accidentally stop the disc if you mean to press pause - I've made that mistake often with Java-enhanced discs and you all know what happens when you stop a Java-enhanced Blu-ray title....not to mention since every button on the remote can turn the console on, once you turn it off and put the remote away, you have to make sure not to press anything on it while doing so.
     
  13. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,388
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    Harmony has dropped in price some since release. If you can find some coupons or "reward" points or something and can fit it in your budget, it's a superb remote. I recommend it without reservation.
     
  14. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    In 2007 I worked in a high-end electronics shop, and part of what I did was program some of the Harmony remotes for customers, specifically the Harmony 1000, which is now the 1100. Of course I wouldn't dare go after a $600 remote, nor would I need something like that, but it was fun to play around with.
     
  15. Stephen Tu

    Stephen Tu Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 1999
    Messages:
    1,573
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sane would be IR in addition to bluetooth. Not either in place of the other.
     
  16. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,388
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    Originally Posted by Stephen Tu
     
  17. James Ryfun

    James Ryfun Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just wanted to share a video with you folks, that may clear up a couple minor things.

    1) There is NO external power supply or "brick" (ala the Xbox 360) despite what John Koller of Sony originally stated. That is clearly evident in the video I am going to post below.

    2) The hard drive is fully and easily upgradeable. Even the guy in this video (from IGN) is initially confused by this point, but towards the end of the video he updates and clarifies on that.

    Just thought you guys might like to see a visual representation of the new system, just for reference.
     
  18. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    The PS3 Slim SUPPORTS Bitstreaming Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA:

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/21/ps3-slim-bitsreams-dolby-truehd-and-dts-hd-ma-audio-at-last/

    As the Blu-ray.com post about this explains, this isn't going to be something everyone can benefit from:


    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3301
     
  19. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2001
    Messages:
    5,962
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    The BK
    Real Name:
    ManW
     
  20. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    I should look into that Nyko remote. My PS3 remote was part of a PS3 bundle, so I got it free. I usually get up to turn it on and off anyway, since I have to insert / eject discs (who doesn't? ) so I have no problem getting up to power it on and off.
     

Share This Page