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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by Hoff-Machine on Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:38 pm

    wprager wrote:
    Michallica wrote:hehe I got a ps3 as well for xmas. Then we watched blu ray movies all night, and it was the best xmas ever.

    I take it you opened your gifts before Santa had a chance to deliver them, then? What did you watch? My stable of blu rays only has Ultimate Matrix, for now. The latest two Potters arrive some time next week, along with Star Trek. I'll be trolling the websites tomorrow looking for more bargains.

    Yeah kinda. Opened it up xmas eve, and we ended up watching terminator salvation, inglorious basterds, and distric 9 on blu-ray. With a 55" inch LCD tv, 120 Hz, it was an unbelievable experience! I got it more for the blu-ray and mkv capabilities than the games, but that's a bonus too.

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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:57 pm

    I must say that The Matrix was a little bit of a let down. I honestly don't see much difference in resolution between blu ray and my old up-converting player (mind you, it was a Faroudja model so it was a good player). I did notice that there was a bit more color.

    I think I have to do a bit of calibration. It's been a while since I've done that; probably need to re-do the convergence as well.

    At the end of the day, though, while it has great colors, it can't compete with today's 1080p sets.

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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:00 pm

    District 9, 9 and Nine. Why is Hollywood obsessed with the number 9? Does it have anything to do with Michalek?
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:26 pm

    Another question -- is there a way to "fix" the output format? Right now it seems that most of the games are 720p (my set only goes up to 1080i, so not 1080p option). But when I go back to the main menu it switches back to 1080i. Not a biggie, but just mildly annoying since it takes a couple of seconds for the set to switch over. I don't think the main menu will look any different in 720p versus 1080i, and I don't think movies will look any worse either.


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:27 pm

    I'm finding out that the kids are less interested in HD graphics than they are in the online play.

    I don't have a wireless router so they bring the machine and a 13-inch TV to the modem instead of playing offline on our 50-inch HDTV.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:45 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:I'm finding out that the kids are less interested in HD graphics than they are in the online play.

    I don't have a wireless router so they bring the machine and a 13-inch TV to the modem instead of playing offline on our 50-inch HDTV.

    What's stopping you from getting a wireless router? They are quite cheap. You can get a Wireless-G for $20 and N for $30 (refurb, TigerDirect.ca).


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:47 pm

    wprager wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:I'm finding out that the kids are less interested in HD graphics than they are in the online play.

    I don't have a wireless router so they bring the machine and a 13-inch TV to the modem instead of playing offline on our 50-inch HDTV.

    What's stopping you from getting a wireless router? They are quite cheap. You can get a Wireless-G for $20 and N for $30 (refurb, TigerDirect.ca).

    Nothing. I just didn't get one right away. My son is out getting one today at Radio Shack for 30 bucks.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by Riprock on Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:48 pm

    Most PS3 games are only 720P anyways. 360 games are usually 1080P. Weird since the PS3 is the HD rom. Also noticed when I had the PS3 that some games were 30FPS vs. 60FPS. For gaming 360 is much better. I have both and if a game is multi-platform I buy for XBOX.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:36 pm

    I used to have the PVR connected via HDMI and the DVD player over component (I hacked it so it would up-convert over component and, besides, the HDMI connector on it had broken away). One interesting advantage of connecting the PVR using HDMI was that I could change the PVR volume without affecting the sound -- the PVR volume does not change the digital audio signal. Then, by setting the CC to be on when muted, I programmed a CC-toggle button on the Harmony by just sending the Mute code to the PVR.

    Now I can't do that any more Sad

    So the question to PS3 owners is, does the PS3 up-convert standard DVDs over component?

    P.S. Yes, my TV only has a single HDMI input.


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by LeCaptain on Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:35 am

    wprager wrote:
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    wprager wrote:OK, first thing first, I am not suggesting this is *only* for new owners. In fact, almost quite the opposite. I *want* and *welcome* those who have owned a PS3 for a while. We (the newbies) need your experience.

    OK, with that out of the way, I doubt I am the only one that Santa graced with a shiny new (well, actually "matte finish") PS3 under the Christmas tree. I'm sure I'm going to have questions -- lots of them -- in the next little while. If I find out anything "cool" I'll post it here as well.

    Quick summary of what I have:
    PS3 Slim 120 GB
    57" Hitachi CRT-RPTV (only 1 HDMI input -- now allocated to the PS3)
    Harmony 880

    Games: NHL10, Little Big Planet, Ratchet and Clank FTOD.

    Questions/hints can be about h/w and s/w.

    First things first. You need to complete your life and purchase Uncharted and Uncharted 2. Buy them, play them, then you can die in peace.

    Almost got the one that was bundled with an extra controller. But my kids are on the young side, and I'm not really a gamer myself.

    Uncharted is not a game, it's a 15 hour Indiana Jones.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by TheAvatar on Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:37 am

    I'm playing hawx now; it's pretty good (if you like flight-sim type games)
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by hemlock on Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:22 am

    marakh wrote:
    wprager wrote:
    hemlock wrote:
    wprager wrote:OK, first thing first, I am not suggesting this is *only* for new owners. In fact, almost quite the opposite. I *want* and *welcome* those who have owned a PS3 for a while. We (the newbies) need your experience.

    OK, with that out of the way, I doubt I am the only one that Santa graced with a shiny new (well, actually "matte finish") PS3 under the Christmas tree. I'm sure I'm going to have questions -- lots of them -- in the next little while. If I find out anything "cool" I'll post it here as well.

    Quick summary of what I have:
    PS3 Slim 120 GB
    57" Hitachi CRT-RPTV (only 1 HDMI input -- now allocated to the PS3)
    Harmony 880

    Games: NHL10, Little Big Planet, Ratchet and Clank FTOD.

    Questions/hints can be about h/w and s/w.

    First things first. You need to complete your life and purchase Uncharted and Uncharted 2. Buy them, play them, then you can die in peace.

    Almost got the one that was bundled with an extra controller. But my kids are on the young side, and I'm not really a gamer myself.

    Uncharted is not a game, it's a 15 hour Indiana Jones.

    It's awesomeness cannot be put into words. It's an experience.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:54 am

    I actually put this thread up to ask/answer questions from newbie owners, like myself. I've asked a couple, so far, which I'll summarize here:

    1. Opinions/advice on blu ray remote versus Harmony PS3 adapter. The adapter can be had for $55, versus $20 for the remote. Currently I'm using the game controller, which is a bit crude for movie playback, but I'm learning some shortcuts.

    2. Can you configure the PS3 to always output the same format, for example, 720p or 1080i, fixed. Currently the main menu is 1080i, all the games (so far) are 720p, and it keeps switching back and forth, which is annoying.


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:00 am

    As for Uncharted, like I said, there is a controller bundle out there that gets you Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Is that worth it ($5 more than the price of a separate controller)? Also, just how much shooting goes on in that game? My wife is very anti-violence, but our oldest is 13 now, and everyone (even the youngest) have seen all the Indy movies and LotR. She definitely wouldn't go for it if there's blood, though. Star Wars with all the droids getting slaughtered has been played in this house.


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by Riprock on Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:07 am

    I can't answer your questions specifically. I use the PS3 Blu-Ray remote, never heard of a Harmony.

    If you can set the output to a fixed aspect ratio, you would be able to do so in the video system settings. If you can't find anything in either of those menus, then I have no idea.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by LeCaptain on Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:21 am

    It's Settings, Display Settings, Video output, Custom and 1080i.
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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:33 am

    The "Harmony PS3 Adapter" is an IR "receiver" which outputs bluetooth codes. It's very specific to the PS3. If you own a Harmony remote, you add a PS3 device in your settings, then the Harmony remote will send IR codes to the adapter which then relays them as bluetooth codes to the PS3. The advantage is it lets you continue using a single remote (and unlike those adapters that plugged into the PS3's USB port, it can be used to turn the PS3 on -- the USB ports are not powered up when the PS3 is off, so those adapters could not turn it on). The disadvantage is you still have to point the remote (at the adapter).


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    Re: New PS3 Owners Thread

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:33 am

    marakh wrote:It's Settings, Display Settings, Video output, Custom and 1080i.

    Thanks, I'll try that.


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