The Sony Playstation 3 is probably without a doubt the #1 Blu-ray Player. Its basically a computer that also plays Blu-rays; Since the PS3 is $399, so technically its the cheapest blu-ray player at 200, because its $200 for the player and $200 for the game system. You get more bang for your buck. Even if your not a gamer, it still is the best player around. Very Sleek Design, but Bulky (which really doesn't matter to me). So with the PS3 you get: 1/3 Blu-ray player, 1/3 Computer, 1/3 Game System
Fully upgradable via the PSN. Ease of use, fast loading and external design
None that I have found, I have the 60GB version that I got in Jan 07.
Quite simply, this is the player of all players in my opinion. It was the catalyst in winning the format war, period. Upgradeability along with the added asset of being a gaming console make this machine the Swiss Army knife of blu-ray players.
The PS3 Is Without A Doubt The Best Blu-Ray Player On The Market For Money.
US 40GB $399 Dollars
UK 40GB £299 Pounds
There Is None That I Now Of Just Simply Amazing.
I Have The UK 60GB Version & The US 40GB Version Both Work Like A Dream. I Love The PS3 For Not Just Games & Blu-Rays But For My Music Collection & My Photos All In All It Is A Fantastic Multimedia Device Thanks Sony.
Outstanding picture performance with Blu-ray Discs with very fast load times.
Will not bitstream DTS-HD Master audio, No PS1 and PS2 game support. Only PS3.
The PS3 BLU-RAY movie and videogame player is still the best overall BLU-RAY player and it costs only $399 for the cheapest model.
Negatives of the PS3
Only major negative is for people that want the highest quality surround sound. The PS3 will not bitstream DTS-HD Master audio and this is a hardware limitation and is not upgradable view a firmware update according to the article. Perhaps internal decoding DTS-HD Master audio might be possible with a firmware update. Perhaps Sony will upgrade the physical hardware in future PS3 models to support bitstream.
“In spite of sporting an HDMI 1.3 output, the PS3 does not have the ability to output DD+ or TrueHD as native bitstreams; it converts both to multichannel PCM. My understanding is that lack of bitstream support is hardware level and will not be changed via firmware, ever.” “ “Lacks bitstream output for TrueHD and DTS-HD MA”
Positives of the PS3
“Standard setting speed and reliability with Blu-ray playback
Outstanding pure picture performance with Blu-ray Discs
Very respectable upconverting DVD performance
Wi-Fi Internet for Web interactivity and system updates
Loaded for interactivity; meets Bonus View and BD-Live specs”
Here is the latest review on the Sony PS3 which is a first generation BLU-RAY player that can outperform all other BLU-RAY players accept in the area of advanced surround sound formats.
3D support via update, DTS -HD and Dolby True-HD support
there are no cons really, runs well, looks brilliant and sounds amazing
this ps3 like most versions, is constantly updated via ethernet. this is how it became the 1st blu-ray 2.0 player and dts-hd master audio is now also compatible. and also ALL _ PS3's are getting a 3D update , 1 update has already been added, and the next update will give the ps3 full 3d movie and game support.
slow firmware updates, no idea a slim was being release
I admit it, I was a supported of HD-DVD and was against blu-ray for the longest time. After the death of HD-DVD I made the jump over to blu and have never looked back. The PS3 was my first blu-ray player and I loved it so much I bought a second one for the bedroom. Using the system is very easy but the only issue I have is the firmware updates seem to be slow. I thought it was my internet connection but that wasn't it. Also, I was unware there was a thought about a slim and how it would decode the HD sound I would have waited on purchasing the second unit to get the slim. It is what it is. I will wait for one of my current systems to go down and then purchase a new one.
The Playstation 3 is a beast of a machine. It can handle anything you give to it. It's more than
just a video game console, it is the center of your entertainment setup. Games, pictures, videos,
CD's, DVD's, Blu-ray's. It does it all. It also has the ability to stream content from media servers.
The Playstation 3 uses the Playstation Network (PSN) to connect your console to Sony and all
other PSN users.
The 40GB PS3 has everything that really matters for the PS3 without all the extras. The fan is
quiter on the 40GB PS3 and it runs cooler because it does not have the PS2 chipset for
backwards compatability. It still receives a 5 out of 5 because it is still a dominant machine.
Firmware updates work great. PSN is cool with enough free entertainment to keep me interested in using it frequently. Can add external HDD to add more storage for movies and such.
Blower is hella loud when unit gets hot. Thinking about upgrading to the newer slim version with more memory.
Decent unit. Wish the blower wasn't so loud but other than that, I have been happy with it. I will most likely splurge and by the newer slim version because of the blower issues. Plus, the slim PS3 has more storage space.
All in One, value, play game and watch blu-ray ! future proof. Great looking, work many video formal.
Can be Hot (depend on version) NO DTS or Dolby HD Bitdream,
No doubt this is the best Blu-ray Player for your bucks, under 400 you get full function blu-ray player
that better than most blu-ray player outhere due to updates and lower price. Also of course PS3 other
main function is to play HD games, and even able to install OS such as Linux. Is all in one.
I originally bought an 80GB model for my nephew and BD-S301 for myself.
I ended up selling my BD-s301 and got myself 40GB model for myself instead.
Stand alone is just way too slow from powering up to loading disc.
Loading time was like night and day between PS3 and Standalone. Plus with PS3 I'm profile 2.0 ready via firmware update when it's available.
Picture quality is identical between standalone and PS3. Soft touch power and eject button is way cool. Too bad that power can't be turned off via remote control. If there's a way could someone please show me how.
The odd looking shape of the PS3 kind of look funny sitting along the rest of my components.
Other than that I recommended highly. Hey you can play game with it if you get bored.
I will eventually get Stand alone player again when it's in final spec.
But for now PS3 is the best bang for the buck.
Get it , you won't be disappointed.
Streaming video, playing blu-ray movies and the kids play games. Best all around multimedia machine ever.
None I can't find anything to say
Great player, wireless streaming video and audio from my MacBookPro is simple to setup and works perfectly using Nullriver server $20.00. It's absolutely the best multimedia device made, I love Blu-ray movies and i have started my collection. I could not be happier!
Plays games, backward compatibility with PS2 games, games downloadable through the PS Network, i can surf the web, it has IM, it plays blu-ray discs beautifully, plays my regular dvd's beautifully, plays dvx, avi's, mpeg's much more.
None whatsoever, can't find anything wrong with it.
I bought the 80GB PS3 bundled with MotorStorm one month ago and it was a great deal, Sony had it for US$100.00 less than the original price, it's a good thing i bought the 80GB version because my wife and I have downloaded tons of games, trailers and themes, have uploaded via USB almost our entire music collection and i still have plenty of space. I Love the PS3. :-)
Future proof BD player! Bluetooth technology, tons of customizable settings, on-line gaming, web browsing, and great for music, photos, and video as well.
Cannot bitstream Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD MA audio via HDMI (yet), runs hot, no PS2 backward compatibility (40gb version), no rear USB port for Sixaxis controller charging
This is an almost perfect gaming console. I say "almost" because of the lack of backward compatibility with PS2 games. This I can live with since I've still got my PS2 sitting next to it in the media cabinet. Hopefully, we'll see a firmware update that will allow users to bitstream the latest and greatest audio codecs from Dolby and DTS (TrueHD and HD Master Audio). However, LPCM is great for lossless audio and movies never sounded so good. The PS3 sits in a closed cabinet in my living room, and I've got to keep the cabinet open while I'm playing movies to keep the console from overheating. It can get very hot and the fan is loud when it kicks in. When I get around to wall mounting my flat panel I'll relocate the PS3 to the top of the cabinet so that it can breathe easier. I use a Logitech Harmony One universal remote as my all-in-one solution to control all my devices. Keeping in mind that the PS3 incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless control, the Harmony One sends out IR signals, which cannot control the PS3. However, I use the Nyko Bluwave remote solution to allow me to use my Harmony One to control the PS3's main functions. Being that the Nyko Bluwave works like any standard IR remote, you simply plug the Nyko IR dongle into the PS3's USB port, teach the Harmony remote the Nyko commands and you're good to go. It will not power on/off the unit, but this is probably the best (and very inexpensive) work-around solution there is. The only other quirk is that there is no rear or side USB port. This would've been a nice addition since it really does look silly and rather annoying to have the Sixaxis controller charging cable dangling in front of the PS3. If you're like me you'll consider picking up a Nyko two-controller charging base unit (version 2) and do away with the cord supplied with your PS3. In addition to being able to play games and watch Blu-ray titles, this device is an excellent standard DVD upscaler as well. I've used my PS3 for on-line gaming, web surfing (get yourself a Logitech PS3 keyboard if you do this often), playing music, etc. I've only got one game (CoD4) so far, but being able to play on-line makes owning only a few games worthwhile. I use this device as my Blu-ray player more than anything else. This is simply a great machine that is destined to go down in history. Keep your PS3 alive and well. Buy another one if you can afford it.
Greatest machine ever made from Sony Entertainment Blu-ray
none i don't know and no problems to me
like the machine own the 60GB version play's all PS1 and PS2 games and play's PS3 games ;D...... good thing about it is play's blu ray movies and dvd it's just a great machine nottin much to say i guess ;D
Futureproof - Constant updates keeps your player up to date with the latest BD standards
Had to buy a remote seperatly
I love my ps3. I had bought it primarily for Blu-ray but I now game on it 35% of the time.
This model is very quiet and the upgradability for of the PS3 is awesome. The upconversion is well above other players and of course, Blu-ray discs are amazing on this player. The only thing I was disapointed with a bit was the fact that it didn't come with a remote which I had to buy seperatly.
If you have an interest in gaming and also want a blu-ray player, this is the best package. In the end all you will need to decide is which version of the player you want memory wise. For me 40gb was and still is enough.
I don't regret getting the PS3 at all. It's stable, upgradable, fun and unless you abuse it, it won't break on you. One of the best tech purchases I've made. Can't recommend it enough
Fast loading, easy to use, Great system support, also plays games!
Only one so far....Doesn't support Full DTS-HD so it defaults to 1.5MBPS. Hopefully a future software
upgrade will fix that.
I've had this player since July 07' and it has played everything I've thrown at it. It loads faster than
most DVD players and will also play games if you want. Great machine with lots of features and I
highly recommend it if you are in the market for a Blu-ray.
Wi-Fi for updating firmware
FIRST 2.0 profile player baby!
Stellar picture and audio
Sleek looking console that does it all!
No dts hd ma YET! it is coming so i cant really call it a con!
This Playstation 3 does it all! Its not just a game console, and its not just a blu ray player. It is a multimedia center that does music, movies, pictures, internet web browser, and an online store to download demos and other great multimedia. As a blu ray player the ps3 is unbeatable! The pq and aq of this console are absolutely amazing and have no differences from the standalone counterparts. The easy HDMI connection makes for great HD gaming and great Blu ray picture. The ps3 also has and edge over standalone players in the loading time dept. The loading time is the snap of a finger and your ready to rock and roll, whereas the standalone players come in at an embarrasing 2-3 minutes on some discs that have lots of BD-J. I wouldn't trade my ps3 for a standalone player in the world, even though the ps3 doesnt have alot of killer apps for games, the blu ray player for $400 that beats out players that cost $1200 is a must have!