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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Nicholas Martin, Aug 18, 2009.
Ah. Thanks for the explanation!
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:
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.
FW 3.0 is gonna update the xmb. www.youtube.com/watch
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.
Thanks for the notes. I'll be looking into this more
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.
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.
here is more info on the updated cell chip
Would be nice if they acted sanely and made it an IR remote instead of bluetooth.
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.
It may be the future, but it's not the present.
It is pure Sony: design a a "standard" interface incompatible with everyone else.
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.
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.
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.
Sane would be IR in addition to bluetooth. Not either in place of the other.
Originally Posted by Stephen Tu
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.
The PS3 Slim SUPPORTS Bitstreaming Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA:
As the Blu-ray.com post about this explains, this isn't going to be something everyone can benefit from:
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.