My new PS3 is now set up and sitting proudly in my video cabinet so I thought I'd share a few general thoughts on the console. As you may know, my primary reason for buying the console is not for games but as a media hub. It's the first real console I've owned since my PS2 (which has been sitting gathering dust for the last five years) so I was interested to see how things had progressed.
The first impressions I had were that it is smaller than I expected and looked gorgeous (though I'm sure that black finish will attract my son's fingerprints like moths to a flame). It was real easy to set up - just plug in the power and hdmi cable at the back, then plug in the controller to register it with the system, and that was it. I then spent a little time playing around with the Settings menu and updated the firmware to the latest version (the internet connectivity was easy to set up, just a matter of selecting the right access point and entering the WEP passkey).
The Xcross Media Bar (XMB) is easy to navigate, and after I had been hooked up for a few minutes it started to fill up with links to new content such as BBC iplayer. I won't go into my thoughts on every application on the bar, but the potential of the machine was easy to see. Even without trying any of the games yet there was a lot to explore.
Now for some random thoughts and observations.
The machine is very quiet and after a few hours working was warm, but not hot near the rear vents.
I like the fact I can charge the controllers from any powered usb hub (like my pc or laptop).
The web browser works and is functional, but could do with some work. It's pretty basic to be honest and not that easy to use with the standard controller. I'm hoping this will improve when I get a keypad controller, but it's certainly no replacement for a Firefox-enabled pc.
I have managed to successfully connect up my new external hard disk drive and it works very well as a media center. I can copy my DVDs onto the external HDD and play them instantly from the PS3 (it's going to be great when I have 200 odd movies ready to watch at a push of a button). I can also stream HD video and music quite happily from my PC, so the main reason for the purchase seems to be working very well. I intend to post up a full guide of how to set the machine up as a media center soon. I have also played around with Little Big Planet 2 and will be posting my thoughts soon.
So, feel free to drop me a friends request on the Playstation Network. My username is Merecraft.
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