OK, I finally unpacked my PS3
and took some pictures of the process for those who have yet to see it in detail. Each picture is labeled, so just click on the thumbnail below to view it full size.
Once unpacked, I turned it and and selected a user name, set the date/time, and the other stuff you get hassled with upon initial boot-up. Screenshots of this process will follow tomorrow, but moving on for now I tested the following thus far:
HD Advance - works (boots to application)
HD Loader - works (boots to application)
USB Extreme - works (boots to application)
HD Extreme (basically same software as above) - works (boots to application)
Swap Magic CD/DVD - works (boots to application, allows for TOC refresh, supports original
PS2 Imports, possibly launch ELFs using it via USB too)
GameShark 2 - works (boots to application)
Breaker Pro - works (boots to application, supports original
Action Replay Max - doesn't work? (boots to red/orange screen and idles) Note
: The AR Max is a blue-bottomed CD, perhaps the PS3
has an issue with reading these or it's simply my disc is aging itself. Also, although most of the above applications load on the PS3
, there still is no way at the moment to swap undetected
for your back-up disc so they aren't too useful just yet. Initial Likes about PS3
1) Browser- a lot like PSP, so I'm used to it. Definitely a step in the right direction.
2) The iPod-style controls to turn the PS3
On/Off/Eject Disc. They take a minute to get used to, but once you do it's nice to be able to glide your finger over them without having to press down to perform the functions.
3) The WiFi controller itself- first time using one, it is indeed convenient!
4) The possibilities- USB Extreme, for example, may be able to run PS2 games off a USB drive since it loads on the PS3
. As a brief test, I used the USBE Format Utility
to format my 128MB jumpdrive and the PS3
recognized it as a storage device. However, once loaded in USB Extreme it didn't appear to detect the device even when I tried reformatting through the application. This may be a simple driver issue, an error on my part, or something more complex... but the PS3
USB ports are 2.0 (versus 1.1 for the PS2) so if I get it working it will make a nice
addition! More on this soon as I have freetime to experiment further... Initial Dislikes about PS3
1) The case- not only is the PS3
heavy/bulky, but fingerprints will get on it the minute you take it out of the box. Perhaps this is $ony's new way of catching those who send in chipped/modded units for repair and identifying them? JK!
2) The missing standard PS2 MemoryStick slot, and the short PS3
to WiFi controller charging cord.
3) Games require
Firmware updates just to load them (my Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
requires me to update- see pictures below) from stock v1.00 to v1.02 Firmware... I have yet to do this, the update is on the disc and it prompts you upon selecting it from the menu). The current Firmware version is 1.10 so perhaps 1.02 isn't bad, however, 1.00 is the original and one ponders the possible ramifications of updating past that. :??
4) The price- $599 is a LOT for anything in life, let alone a PS3