Dark_Archon, on August 4th 2008, 05:07 PM, said:
You mean you don't need to buy a special $120 20GB drive for it? The PS3 sounds like a significantly better media center option than the 360. The real question is how loud are they? Are the fans noticeable while playing a game/watching a movie? What audio and video formats does the PS3 support?
Nope, you can find the best price on a hard drive and then buy it and do an extremely simple installation. I got an OEM 250GB Seagate Momentus for mine for all of $80. And yes, it's a better media option... built-in wireless ($100 upgrade on the 360), and gigabit (1000Base-T) ethernet versus the 360's megabit (100Base-T).
And as someone who owns both, the PS3 is SIGNIFICANTLY quieter under almost all conditions. The only time it's louder is if you're playing a hard drive-based game on the 360 with no disc in the tray (and thus the optical drive is not spinning), and have Folding@Home running on the PS3 so that the processor is going all out and thus the fan is on high. And even then you can still make out the 360's distinct mechanical "whirrrrrrrrr" sound.
The PS3's BD drive is silent, and if the temperature of the room it's in is around 73°F or lower, you'll rarely
hear the fan go above medium speed (medium is quiet, anything below is almost inaudible).
Far as formats...
Memory Stick Audio Format(ATRAC)
MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3)
Memory Stick Video Format
- MPEG-4 SP (AAC LC)
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)
MP4 file format
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
MPEG-1 (MPEG Audio Layer 2)
MPEG-2 PS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AAC LC, AC3(Dolby Digital), LPCM)
MPEG-2 TS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2)
- Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
- Motion JPEG (μ-Law)
AVCHD （.m2ts / .mts）
- VC-1（WMA Standard V2）
SACD (only supported on launch models, NTSC "MotorStorm" 80GB)
From August 4th 2008, 05:37 PM:
Most of the major formats are supported on PS3. With the notable exception of MKV and one or two others. But MP4 and H.264 is (obviously).
I found an extremely simple freeware remedy for that recently: mkv2vob
Run it in Boot Camp/Parallels/what have you on an Intel, or under Virtual PC on a PowerPC machine. Takes only seconds to repackage even massive 1080P MKVs to into PS3-viewable MPEG wrappers, with no loss of A/V integrity (VPC 6.0 takes about 40 seconds to convert a 45 minute 720P MKV on my 1.42 GHz G4... like I said, fast).
I was kind of pissed when I found it, as my G4 has spent innumerable weeks
doing back to back conversions of MKVs to H.264s with Quicktime AND losing 5-channel AC3 audio to stereo AAC in the process. And now I could suddenly convert all 10 episodes of the first half of BSG Season 4 in about 15 minutes and keep the surround sound.
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When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.