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Master Geek


Topic # 29618 13-Jan-2009 14:05
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Hi all,

While browsing the Blue Ray movie range, i noticed a few movies had the sticker saying "Compatible with PS3 console" stuck on the front. My understanding was that the PS3 console could play all movies that are encoded in Blue Ray. Is this not the case?

Im thinking of getting the PS3 and a HDMI cable to hook up to the LCD TV to watch Blue Ray movies and am keen to get some feedback from those who have a similar set up. Is it worth the hassle? Oh and i would be playing games on the console of course. Wink


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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 189215 13-Jan-2009 14:30
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Some DVD's used to have "compatible with Playstation 2" on them so i wouldn't worry about it. I haven't had any issues playing any blu ray discs on my PS3. As for the quality, awesome! I don't own a standalone blu ray player so can't really compare but the difference between dvd and blu ray on the ps3 really is noticable. The playstation network updates also provided software that allows you to upscale all your old dvds too so it really is worth getting the HDMI cable.



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  Reply # 189225 13-Jan-2009 14:55
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Thanks for that great feedback. Am hoping to take advantage of Dick Smith's offer on the PS3 for $766. Quite gutted that i missed out on EBGames's $748 price tag about a week ago.

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Master Geek


  Reply # 189226 13-Jan-2009 14:57
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I've considered Blu-Ray but was put off by the price of the players. The PS3 offers an excellent solution to the problem, and it's supposed to be a mean games machine.

However, what is the state of affairs with region coding? I have a DVD player can plays all regions. Is the PS3 player region locked and if so can it be changed to play all regions. In this day and age where you can purchase DVDs from all around the world, it's stinks that players are region coded.


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  Reply # 189236 13-Jan-2009 15:14
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The games are not region coded so you can order them from anywhere, i've had a couple from japan dirt cheap, the cases are foreign but the games will play in most languages. As for region coding on movies: some are, some are not. All mine are purchased from the uk so i can't say 100% but they do not have any regional info on the cases. There are sites that publish lists of new movie releases and which regional players will play them.

Also, if you currently own any PS2 games BEWARE, sony are phasing out backwards compatibility! The first off the line PS3 will play most(using software updates), but the newer versions aren't going to. Check out playstation website.

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  Reply # 189240 13-Jan-2009 15:19
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raftcomm: "Compatible with PS3 console" stuck on the front.
This is purely advertising for the PS3, the bluray disc is no different from any other bluray disc and will play in any player capable of playing normal bluray discs.

PS3 IS region locked.  Will only play PAL DVD's as per normal NZ region (is this region 4?).  Will not play NTSC import DVD's.

40Gb and 80Gb PS3's are the same, just different hard drive sizes obviously!, and don't play PS2 games.
60Gb version had a few more usb ports etc and played PS2 games.

I'm using my PS3 almost entirely with the Bluray bluetooth remote and have considered selling my last games controller.  I'm hanging out for the PlayTV option, in which case I will increase the hard drive size and use this for bluray/dvd/freeview HD PVR.  Plus games on the odd occasion.

If you honestly want bluray only, then the standalone players are often cheap enough now, but if you want the media centre all in one like above, then PS3 is a genunine top machine.

See my post in home theatre forum about hd audio and a matching receiver.  If you go PS3 you don't need such an expensive receiver to use all the hd audio formats as the ps3 internally decodes all of them.  If you go for a standalone bluray player, you either need a top of the line bluray player and a cheaper receiver, or a budget bluray player and an expensive receiver.

Hope that's helpful?
Cheers, Jackson.

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  Reply # 189245 13-Jan-2009 15:35
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If you want to know more about the PS3 then you ever wanted check out this

PS3 FAQ

While it's about the US model there are very little differences apart from region coding. For example I have a US PS3 so can't play region B BD's or any PAL DVD's. But it is one of the two models (the original 20G and 60G) that has the emotion chip in it that allows it to play most if not all PS2 games (but only NTSC ones!).

Also I think the later PS3's are built using different chipset technology with smaller spacings on the IC which means they use less power and run a bit cooler (so the  fan doesn't possibly come on as often)




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Master Geek


  Reply # 189247 13-Jan-2009 15:41
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If you go PS3 you don't need such an expensive receiver to use all the hd audio formats as the ps3 internally decodes all of them.  If you go for a standalone bluray player, you either need a top of the line bluray player and a cheaper receiver, or a budget bluray player and an expensive receiver.

Hope that's helpful?
Cheers, Jackson.


This IS really helpful feedback. Thanks!

Im quite set on getting the PS3 as a Blue Ray player since im using it for both gaming and movie purposes.

This is purely advertising for the PS3, the bluray disc is no different from any other bluray disc and will play in any player capable of playing normal bluray discs.


Just reconfirming then that if i purchase a Blue Ray movie from Amazon.com that it will play fine on the PS3? Im hoping to buy Band of Brothers in Blue Ray only because its a classic worth keeping. Laughing

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  Reply # 189249 13-Jan-2009 15:47
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Check out this site

BluRay region list

According to it, Band of Brothers is region free and will play. Region A titles will not play on the NZ PS3




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 189262 13-Jan-2009 16:14
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raftcomm:
This is purely advertising for the PS3, the bluray disc is no different from any other bluray disc and will play in any player capable of playing normal bluray discs.


Just reconfirming then that if i purchase a Blue Ray movie from Amazon.com that it will play fine on the PS3? Im hoping to buy Band of Brothers in Blue Ray only because its a classic worth keeping. Laughing

I'm not necessarily saying that.  I was referring to your first question about do the bluray discs with "suitable for PS3" are just normal discs, nothing fancy about them and they will play in any DVD player - PROVIDED it's the right region code etc.

As Lchiu7 says, you'd need to check any amazon purchase on that website first to ensure it's not region coded.  Amazon is an american sight, so by default they're us region coded.  Quite a lot of bluray discs are not actully redion coded though and that site will help with checking this.


You can buy band of brothers on bluray here too by the way but release is not until end of march?!  $89
http://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Band-Of-Brothers-6-Disc-Tin-Set/2708864/


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  Reply # 189285 13-Jan-2009 17:24
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Mighty ape are way over priced.. do not use them as a price guideMoney mouth







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  Reply # 189310 13-Jan-2009 18:37
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For best deals, best options are - if the stores are in your area - The Warehouse (I noticed the one in my area has quite a few) and JB Hi-Fi. MightyApe is pretty overpriced. I used to get imported Blu-Ray from the US when the dollar was good. I got All 4 Rambo movies and Cloverfield months before the NZ release.
The price needs to come down on movie disc prices.

Also to confirm, a NZ bought PS3 is locked to region B for Blu-Ray and Region 4 for normal DVDs. So make sure that any Blu-Ray purchases from US are either region B or region free. US is region A. UK is region B also.

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  Reply # 189420 14-Jan-2009 07:45
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raftcomm: Hi all,

While browsing the Blue Ray movie range, i noticed a few movies had the sticker saying "Compatible with PS3 console" stuck on the front. My understanding was that the PS3 console could play all movies that are encoded in Blue Ray. Is this not the case?

Im thinking of getting the PS3 and a HDMI cable to hook up to the LCD TV to watch Blue Ray movies and am keen to get some feedback from those who have a similar set up. Is it worth the hassle? Oh and i would be playing games on the console of course. Wink



Is your LCD HD ready or Full HD, will a Bluray movie or 1080p PS3 game not be as good as picture on a HD ready compared to a Full HD, depending on screen size and viewing distance as well? Just asking.



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  Reply # 189448 14-Jan-2009 10:11
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Is your LCD HD ready or Full HD, will a Bluray movie or 1080p PS3 game not be as good as picture on a HD ready compared to a Full HD, depending on screen size and viewing distance as well? Just asking.


My LCD TV is a full HD.

Im not sure what the quality difference is between the Full HD and the HD Ready screens. Hoping someone who has seen a difference to post something.

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  Reply # 189474 14-Jan-2009 11:33
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There is a general consensus that with a screen below 42" possibly 50", and normal viewing distances, you are unlikely to see much if any difference between 720p (so a 1366x768 screen) and a full HD screen (1080p so 1920x1024). As usual let you eyes be the guide.

Remember a BD (or HD-DVD) source is the only source that can provide 1080p. All other HD sourcds (such as they are such as SkyHI or FreeviewHD) max out at 1080i




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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