Here are some facts you probarbly didn't know about the PS3.
If you do;to bad.
From 3D support to using your Sony PSP as a remote, we show you how to unlock exciting and little-known secrets of your PlayStation 3.
Like many gamers, you love your Sony PlayStation 3 console for its many first- and third-party games, killer graphics and plenty of multimedia support for the playback of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music, photos, and more.
You’re also aware you can digitally download a ton of content and play games online for free via PlayStation Network (PSN) — opposed to paying $50 a year for an Xbox Live Gold account.
But there are probably a few things you didn’t know your PS3 can do. After all, Sony’s clever advertizing campaign boasts the machine “only does everything.”
And so we thought we’d highlight a few of our lesser-known PS3 features you might not be aware of, or why these features are more significant thank you previously thought.
Chances are you have a wireless network in your home. If you also have a Windows 7-based computer, you can take advantage of the PS3’s support for DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), a relatively new standard by which compatible devices can communicate with one another.
What this means for you is all the media stored on your computer’s hard drive — such as music and videos — can be accessed wirelessly on your big-screen HDTV on another room. (Note: You can do this with older versions of Windows, too, but it’s not as easy.)
Simply flag which computer files or folders you want to allow for streaming and then on your PS3, navigate across the XrossMediaBar (XMB) to the name of your network and select to access all your media remotely.
As you’re likely aware, 3DTV is a big buzzword in 2010, which refers to new televisions capable of streaming three-dimensional images to supported “active shutter” glasses worn by the viewer.
You also probably heard you need a special Blu-ray Disc player that supports 3D movies. Not if you own a PS3.
The next firmware (software) update for the PS3 will include support for 3D movies — and 3D games — on Blu-ray Disc. The PS3 is the only console to support 3D games for an ultra immersive experience.
Did you know you can use your PSP as a PS3 remote?
Remote Play is a feature that lets a PlayStation Portable user interact with the PS3’s XMB, allowing easy control all the content stored on your PS3’s hard drive or external media — be it music, audiobooks, TV shows, movies, photos, games and applications — as well as access to the PlayStation Store.
How does it work? Using a wireless network, the PS3 delivers a live video stream to the PSP, so you can see content on your handheld’s display, while that same connection is used to control content on your PS3 via the PSP’s buttons.
Microsoft made a big splash with its Facebook and Twitter integration for Xbox Live, but PS3 owners have long been able to access these social networks, as well as the rest of the World Wide Web.
In fact, you can take advantage of your 50-inch screen and browse with multiple Internet windows open.
Go to Network on the XMB and open the web browser. Got to go to a website you want and press Triangle on the PS3 controller and choose “Open in New Window.” Here you can type a new web site address and repeat the process again — up to six times. Now press L3 (press down on the left analog stick) to initiate multi-page mode. Flick the left stick to scroll through the open web pages.
While many PS3 owners take advantage of the fact their console plays Blu-ray Discs (as well as stream Netflix movies, if you prefer), you might not know it has supported the growing BD-Live feature from day one.
For the uninitiated, BD-Live lets movie fans — with Internet-connected Blu-ray Disc players — gain access to exclusive content, such as the ability to download high-definition trailers for current theatrical releases, additional language packs for the film, or access ringtones, games, behind-the-scenes footage or online community features (such as chatting with friends in another city while watching the same flick).
Not all movies on Blu-ray Disc support BD-Live, but thanks to the PS3’s wired and wireless Internet connection options, you can take full advantage of this feature.
And here are some Brand New Facts added july 14th 2010
So you just got your shiny new PlayStation 3. Of course you know it can play Modern Warfare 2 and Blu-rays, but there’s much more this beast can do than meets the eye. Well, as it turns out, the creative minds over at Sony have built in some great features that you may not be aware of. Some are gaming-related, some are there for ease of use and some are just downright brilliant. Here is a list of features that new PS3 owners may have overlooked.
1) Playing PS1 games
While the original 20, 60 and 80 gig PS3’s could also play your old PS2 games, the feature has unfortunately been removed from newer models. What many gamers don’t realize, however, is that all PS3’s play PS1 games. Regardless of the model or hard drive size, every PS3 system is backwards compatible with PS1 games. So get out there and find some old classics for gaming on the cheap!
-Ever since PS2 backwards compatibility was removed, rumors have reverberated around the internet that a patch will eventually add the feature back in to all PS3 models. Will this rumor ever come true? It would be nice, but at this point, over four years into the PS3’s lifecycle, it seems unlikely. If you want to play old PS2 favorites, you better hold on to your PS2 console for now.
2) Sharing PSN games
Yes, you read it right. You can legally share games that you download off the Playstation Network. Most games that you download allow for five activations on five different consoles. All you have to do is let your friend sign in to your account and download the games you’ve purchased! It’s a surprisingly simple feature that seems too good to be true. Thanks Sony!
-Never share your account information with someone you don’t trust. Scammers will promise you a trade some other sort of deal and then hijack your account by changing your password once you’ve given up your information.
-Even if sharing with a friend, it’s a good idea to remove any billing information beforehand.
-If you run out of activations, you can deactivate accounts from the consoles you have shared them with in order to recollect your activations.
3) Upgrading the hard drive
Sony has made it extremely easy to upgrade the storage capacity of your system. All you need is any 2.5” SATA internal hard disk drive (a standard laptop drive). The original PS3 drive runs at 5400 rpm so it would be wise to look for comparable specs when making the change. The swap is simple: You back up your information, remove the old hard drive, insert the new one, format and restore!
And you can find how to do upgrade your PS3
-You’ll need an external hard drive formatted to fat32 in order to back up your data.
-Be careful with the screws on the hard drive caddy, they’re easy to strip.
4) Output audio and video via different cables
If you ever wanted to output video to your TV and audio to, say, your stereo, it’s a simple process. Simply connect your video with one cable, most likely HDMI if you have an HDTV, and your audio with RCA (the red/white cable). In audio settings, you can output audio through RCA while your video is simultaneously being fed through HDMI. This is a great way to bypass often-terrible stock TV speakers. If you have surround sound, you’ll most likely use the “optical out” option for your audio needs.
-You can find stereos with RCA inputs that cost significantly less than surround sound systems and will bring your audio up to par with the image on your TV.
5) Reset video/audio settings without the controller
This one has saved me a ton of frustration. Say you unhook your PS3 from your huge 1080p LED LCD TV and bring it over to your friend’s house to play some co-op games together. Unfortunately, you forgot he has a tv that doesn’t support your TV’s insane resolution. Now, when you turn on your PS3, it just shows a black screen. Instead of calling one of your PS3-owning friends and having him walk you through the XMB display settings click by click (trust me, not a fun process!) you can utilize my favorite feature of the PS3. When the PS3 is off, press and hold the power button. Do not let go until you hear a second beep from your machine after about seven seconds. Voila! Your Display and audio settings have been detected and you can now play on your friend’s crappy old tv!
6) Expand your black levels (extra, extra!)
If you’ve got a high-end HDTV, it may be capable of displaying a huge number of shades between black and white. The PS3 has an RGB setting, which can be set to either “normal” or “full.” By default it is set to normal. Go to the display settings and go down to RGB full range (HDMI) and select full. You should notice a more vibrant picture. If your TV supports it, this feature will show richer colors and darker blacks. If not, you may lose detail in dark images. You can check your TV’s manual or look online to determine whether your TV supports this mode. If, for instance, you go to change your brightness in an in-game menu and you can’t see the brightness test (commonly a logo on a black background that is supposed to be faintly visible), then you should keep the setting on normal.
Some new info for you people all about the PS3
These are just a few PS3 features that will help you get the most out of your system.
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