310w ago - Not too long ago we asked you what the best Blu-ray player was and as many would expect one of the hottest answers was the PS3. At $400, with the PS3's ability to be updated to support just about any new Blu-ray feature, it seems like the best value; but there's one thing about the PS3 that is often overlooked.
No, we're not talking about the lack of IR remote (easily solved with a $15 adapter) we're talking about the limited audio codec support.
Sure, the PS3 supports Doby TrueHD decoding internally, but it lacks a big one, DTS HD. For whatever reason, the PS3 does not support bitstream output -- no, not even TrueHD -- only PCM, and since there's no DTS HD decoder built in, that leaves out one of the hottest new codecs.
Sure, only ~15% of Blu-ray titles even include a DTS HD sound track, but judging by the upcoming releases from Sony, Disney, Fox, New Line and Lionsgate, we'd say this number is going to get a lot bigger. At this point, the best option is the Panasonic DMP-BD30 and a newer HDMI 1.3a A/V receiver with all the decoders built in, but who knows, maybe Sony will figure out a way to upgrade the PS3.
310w ago - 2007 was a rough year for the PS3. It was slow getting out the gate and a lot of awesome titles were pushed back to late 07 and 08. Even after being hammered by the competition in the beginning of the year, the black box just refused to stay down and ended up finishing 2007 a lot stronger than most of us anticipated.
If you're a PS3 owner, here's the Must Have games of the year. (No, Lair isn't on the list. Neither is Kane and Lynch since Eidos doesn't want to pony up the money.)
For the first 6 months of the PS3's life we experienced a dearth of quality titles as the system was plagued with terrible ports and with more movie based games than any carbon life form should have to endure. There were only games worth owning was Resistance and Motorstorm. Motorstorm was the first racing game, outside of Mario Kart, that I actually purchased at full price and, at the time, it was somewhat expensive for what you got. You could count the number of tracks available on two hands and there was no split-screen multi player whatsoever (Inexcusable). However the online was fun, assuming you had friends with PS3s. But these past few months, we've seen a lot of Motorstorm content that sure to please fans. Lets just hope that when the second game rolls out in 09 and there's more content...
310w ago - Remember the possibility of playing PC games on the PS3 sometime in the future?
The guys over at StreamMyGame finally managed (a few weeks ago) to put together the system that would facilitate doing just that.
If you've got a PS3 with Linux installed (any type of Linux - Yellow Dog Linux, Ubuntu etc) you can get this up and running. More explanations in a thread on the StreamMyGame forum here. (and here for a tutorial on how to install Linux on the PS3)
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm planning on doing it soon enough. I've downloaded a free (legit) copy of Yellow Dog Linux and have started backing up the data on my PS3's hard drive (you need to create a special partition to install Linux => you've got to format the entire drive).
This seems to me a win-win(-win) situation for the guys at Sony, for Linux as an OS, and for all the PS3 owners, because being able to play the games you've got for PC on the PS3, taking full advantage of the HDTV you probably have, will definitely make any PC owner happy and, thus, boost sales...
310w ago - Following reports of the service being mentioned in firmware code, it looks like the popular voice-over-IP service known as Skype is indeed coming to PSP. Sony's official CES 2008 page states the following:
Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP system.
No word on when Skype is coming to PSP, but we should hear more on this very anticipated functionality soon.