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#21619 2-May-2008 12:55
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Hmm think GZ needs a console section.... (hint hint)
Got a few questions about PS3 before I put my plan before the one who controls the cash..  (aka Wife)

If I went to, say, GPStore and purchased a PS3, then what chance do I have of it running my PS2 Singstar titles ? Zilch ?

Media playback... I heard that the latest firmware allows DivX/MP4 playback - correct ?
Does that media need to be stored on the PS3 or can it stream from a local PC ?

Currently we only have a 32" CRT - I know it wont do the PS3 justice really (LCD in the plans for later this year) but would this actually be a potential reason to hold off a PS3 till the LCD arrives ?

Think thats it for now..... Undecided

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  #127893 2-May-2008 13:15
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xpd: Hmm think GZ needs a console section.... (hint hint)
Got a few questions about PS3 before I put my plan before the one who controls the cash.. (aka Wife)

If I went to, say, GPStore and purchased a PS3, then what chance do I have of it running my PS2 Singstar titles ? Zilch ?


I'm pretty sure its zilch unless you find a 60GB model on Trademe (even then compatibility with all PS2 titles is not on offer - you'd need to Google to check.)

xpd:Media playback... I heard that the latest firmware allows DivX/MP4 playback - correct ?


True.

xpd:Does that media need to be stored on the PS3 or can it stream from a local PC ?


It supports streaming from what I understand


xpd:Currently we only have a 32" CRT - I know it wont do the PS3 justice really (LCD in the plans for later this year) but would this actually be a potential reason to hold off a PS3 till the LCD arrives ?


I'd wait if it were me (I already own a 1080p 42 inch LCD, awaiting for PS3 to support digital TV before I make the jump, maybe around August from what I hear).

xpd:Think thats it for now..... Undecided


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  #127899 2-May-2008 13:27
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for PS2, just get the latest PS2 slim which has built in PSU now, look for SCPH-92001b model. the price tag on that is negligible enough to compliment PS3 for its lack of PS2 backward-compatibility. Do you already have PS2? If so, keep it.




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  #127901 2-May-2008 13:34
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Yeah, do have a PS2 at the moment but was looking at flogging that off to cover partial cost of the PS3 :)
Only thing the PS3 really gets used for now though, is Singstar.....  I know PS3 has Singstar as well but frustrating that we cant use the PS2 ones on it :)
I have got Ultrastar on the PC though which has a good library of songs at the moment...just not as portable as a PS2 :)




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  #127910 2-May-2008 13:54
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Buy singstar for ps3 - just the software and then use your ps2 usb mic's.
the PS3 version has alot more songs on offer through a built in "singstore" although im not sure on pricing.

I imagine if you do find a 60gig ps3 that ps2 singstar should be supported but a quick "google" wouldnt hurt,
i personally havent come across a game that doesnt work. 40gigs are doomed with zero support.

If your playing singstar, SD divx's and other ps2 games i dont think it will be a big deal whether you buy a ps3 now or when
you get an LCD, in saying that i personally wouldnt run mine on anything less than 720p.
I dont think there is going to be a price drop any time soon but that would be the only reason id hold off on buying now.

Ive had a ps3 since launch, when there was little backwards compatability, no divx and a crappy online store but still dont regret
spending the 1100 + extra's.

Im also hanging out for playTv (DVB-T) but the release date has been set to october for the UK and we arent expected to get it until a month(ish) after them

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  #127923 2-May-2008 14:25
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halfbaked - do you mean to say that the backwards compatibility of the 60GB model has been increased over time? Thats fantastic news, guess I will have to look for one of those on trademe then when it comes time to purchase (they seem to be plentiful there).




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  #127934 2-May-2008 15:20
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Hiya,

Just one thing to ask when you go to buy from TradeMe .. check that it is a New Zealand regioned PS3 .. games will be fine as games from any region work, but Blu-ray movies and DVDs are region locked.  I think a lot of those 60GB PS3's might be imports and when you go buy/rent a movie it might spit it out at you.

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  #127947 2-May-2008 15:49
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The European PS3 site has a collective list of the backwards compatability of PS2 and PSOne games.
While it notes that its for version PS3 1.80 and Sony have pushed it out to 2.20 I think its still valid.

http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames.htm





 
 
 
 


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  #127971 2-May-2008 16:58
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Actually it'd be better getting one from America because of the zone locking on blueray! They have a much larger range and normally cheaper pricing too!







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  #127997 2-May-2008 18:40
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Re: Region-coding on BD movies...
Wikipedia: As of early 2008, about two-thirds of all released discs were region-free
Supporting statistics plus a list of what is and isn't region-code: http://www.blu-raystats.com/

As for media streaming, there are several tools available for PC.  I've started a thread on this under Home Theatre - hopefully some more people add their comments so we can develop a more rounded picture of what's good.




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  #128001 2-May-2008 18:46
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xpd: Currently we only have a 32" CRT - I know it wont do the PS3 justice really (LCD in the plans for later this year) but would this actually be a potential reason to hold off a PS3 till the LCD arrives ?
Why wait and deprive yourself?  My CRT TV is smaller than yours and I think it still looks good.  If you really want to check, you should be able to hire one from somewhere.




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  #128948 6-May-2008 21:21
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i just got a PS3 this weekend as a bundle with GTA4

its a 40gig model... does that mean it's not very good? i thought the distinctions were only in capacity (and given the ease of changing hard-drives this was a moot point)

i'm toying with taking it back as i cant get it to stay put on my home wireless netowrk. if the 60gig model has different funtionality then i definately will

can someone please outline the differences or link me to a source that does? thanks

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  #128959 6-May-2008 21:51
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Dont worry about getting the 60gb model.. 40gb is fine..

The only thing 40 gb is missing is.. No PS2 game support... only 2 USB ports.. And i dont think its got card readers.. Ohh and 20gb less hard drive space..

For a fix to your wireless.. Try turning off security or switching to another wireless encyption type..
I had the same problem with my 60gb model.. end the end i just used a Network cable..

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  #129015 7-May-2008 08:05
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AmooMan: And i dont think its got card readers.. Ohh and 20gb less hard drive space...

Confirmed - no card readers.  Also, Sony have made it really easy for you to upgrade your HDD and even provide instrucitons on how to do it.




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  #129028 7-May-2008 08:48
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phew, ok then Smile lining up a dedicated 500gig external drive for PS3 media as we speak.


still might have to take it back for replacement, REALLY intermittant network connectivity via wifi (cant even see the broadcast SSID most of the time)

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  #129131 7-May-2008 15:04
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testing123:...still might have to take it back for replacement, REALLY intermittant network connectivity via wifi (cant even see the broadcast SSID most of the time)


Just my opinion on this but I wouldnt trust wireless connectivity for any type of online gaming, its just too unstable.

Like Amooman above, I ended up just running a normal network cable

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