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Blu-ray player: PS3 or Standalone

IMpoor
12-26-2007, 02:01 PM
I have almost decided on getting the PS3 for Bluray movies vs a standalone player. Here are my thoughts from what I have read in the forum. Please correct me if I am wrong:

1. The PS3 is equal in Audio/Video quality and capabilities as any standalone player.
2. Most believe PS3 should have 2.0 support in a future update.
3. The PS3 is a next gen gaming console so if HDDVD wins the PS3 will have a much better resale value than any standalone.
4. The PS3 far exceeds any standalone in media capabilities and online activities.
5. It seems like the hardware inside the PS3 is far better than any standalone player.
6. PS3 reliablity is better than Xbox360. (even after personally having 3 RROD issues I still love my 360 and will use it primarily for gaming over the PS3)

Some limitations I can see:
1. Bluetooth remote only. Can't program standard IR remotes.
2. standalone players can be found for under $300 now while PS3 is still $400.

The only thing I am not sure about in the PS3 vs Standalone debate is load times for movie playback. Can anybody who has both shed some light on the load times for BD playback? thanks in advance.

mshulman
12-26-2007, 02:54 PM
The PS3 load times are just fine. I think it makes a great player.

IF I didn't own one today though, I might wait to see what 1.1 (and/or 2.0) profile players come out soon. I'd personally prefer to have a standalone myself and be able to use my logitech remote. I use the PS3 occasionaly for gaming, but wouldn't really notice if I didn't have that capability anymore.

Chris Gerhard
12-26-2007, 03:24 PM
The PS3 load times are just fine. I think it makes a great player.

IF I didn't own one today though, I might wait to see what 1.1 (and/or 2.0) profile players come out soon. I'd personally prefer to have a standalone myself and be able to use my logitech remote. I use the PS3 occasionaly for gaming, but wouldn't really notice if I didn't have that capability anymore.

I don't know what you mean by Logitech remote, but if you mean a Harmony universal remote control or similar Logitech infrared remote, that should be easy to do with the USB infrared adapter for the PS3. I am using a universal remote since I purchased the Nyko PS3 BluWave remote, I think it was called. It cost me $10, but I wanted to use my JP1 programmable remote rather than Bluetooth and rather than the game pad.

Chris

mshulman
12-26-2007, 04:49 PM
I don't know what you mean by Logitech remote, but if you mean a Harmony universal remote control or similar Logitech infrared remote, that should be easy to do with the USB infrared adapter for the PS3. I am using a universal remote since I purchased the Nyko PS3 BluWave remote, I think it was called. It cost me $10, but I wanted to use my JP1 programmable remote rather than Bluetooth and rather than the game pad.

Chris

Yes, logitech makes the harmony remote.

You can use the Nyko bluwave, but its still not the same. You still need to turn on the console with a controller or other means. I want a single remote that does it all, including turning it on.

IMpoor
12-26-2007, 05:13 PM
thanks for the feedback. I would prefer using a universal remote but really this is not that big of an issue for me. I was mainly concerned with how long it takes to turn on the PS3, insert a Bluray, and have the movie start. And how that time compares to standalone players.

Chris Gerhard
12-26-2007, 05:23 PM
thanks for the feedback. I would prefer using a universal remote but really this is not that big of an issue for me. I was mainly concerned with how long it takes to turn on the PS3, insert a Bluray, and have the movie start. And how that time compares to standalone players.

The only thing I can I think of that you can't do with a universal IR remote is power on and power off. I would rather have that ability too, but not having it sure isn't very important to me. I just turn the PS3 off at the console since I usually pull the disc out after I am done. I would also think a firmware update to make power down by a menu option with the USB remote is a possibility, but I don't know if that will happen or not.

Chris