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More PS3 Opinions

I still like it! Yesterday I hooked up an HDMI cable to it, and that works fine. Note that I have a DVI/HDCP input on my television, and it works fine with my PS3 for both games and music. Luckily my TV has a priority sensing system – one component connector shares an input with the DVI input. So my DVR is hooked up to the comonent input, and the PS3 to the DVI. Normally I watch HDTV from my DVR through the component input. But when I turn on the PS3, I magically see the PS3 video.

I hooked up a new optical cable to the PS3, and that’s how I get my audio. Works quite well. The only problem is that every once in a while the audio drops out. I first noticed this with a downloadable demo game, but have since found this to be a problem with other sources as well. It seems to be random. It’s happened three times now, and I have to turn off the PS3 to get my audio back. Hmm. Actually, I haven’t tried fiddling with the audio settings. I should try that next time it happens.

I have a CD in there now, and the visualizer is pretty cool. I wish it had more options though. You can continue listening to music while browsing the web. But the music stops if you enter the Online Store.

I have a couple complaints about the PS3, actually. I am writing them up so that you may know about them, but don’t get me wrong – I like my PS3, and I’m glad I bought it.

So, right. There’s the audio problem. What else?

Supposedly video clips are supposed to show a little preview when browsing them. But I don’t get that, and I can’t figure out how to turn it on.

I tried out two PS2 games, and they both mostly worked fine. There seems to be some gaming lag, however. It was hard to time the button presses when playing Frequency. I had to make sure to time my button presses with the leading edge of the notes, not in the middle. I’ve been trying to find a memory card adapter, but none are available in the stores.

You can turn off the system and/or controller from the controller. You can turn off individual controllers by holding down the PS button, then choosing “Turn Off Controller” from the menu. But it would be nice to be able to turn off the controller without having to use the PS3.

I wish I could upload my own avatar. The list of available ones isn’t that great.

But what I don’t like the most isn’t to do with the PS3 itself. It’s the fact that Call of Duty 3 doesn’t support local multiplayer. That really ticks me off.

Even though IGN got their PS3 to see their iPod, I had no such luck. I hook it up and nothing happens. The iPod thinks it’s plugged in, but I get nothing on the PS3 end. Anybody else have any luck?

[Edit: an whatever happened to getting to the XMB menu during a game? That functionality isn’t there, though I’m pretty sure I saw a video of that at one point.]