How To Turn Your PS3 Into A Streaming Powerhouse
Media. From TV to music to FM Radio, itâ€™s absolutely everywhere. It fills our lives, entertains us, distracts us. Itâ€™s a part of our work and a part of our play. That much is obvious. What you might not know, however, is that your home console can be used to store, stream and watch it all with just a few simple tweaks. The PS3 is more than just a gaming centre. In the right hands, itâ€™s a media powerhouse. Whether you wantÂ the latest hitsÂ playing on your TV or live eSports in high definition, hereâ€™s your go-to guide to making your console do more.
Twitch Streaming – It’s Easy as Pie
Twitch â€“ the home of all things audience and gaming interaction. Livestreams are helpful for many reasons, whether pure entertainment, a sense of community or the chance to watch a pro play and improve. You can get a look in on a game youâ€™re potentially interested in buying, first access to expansions and new releases â€“ and you can watch high stakes matches from the luxury of your nestled spot on the family sofa. The PS3 takes desktop media and makes it comfortable. Sounds good? Letâ€™s get started.
Streaming media from Twitch is easy. First things first, youâ€™re going to want to boot up your console and head on over to theÂ PlayStation Store. Make sure youâ€™re connected to the internet, then search for the Twitch app. Typing with a controller can be tricky, but be patient. Itâ€™ll all be worth it. Once you find the Twitch app, simply download, wait for it to install, and then get to it. Once you track down your favorite channels, it’s easy as pie.
The same method can be used for other media, too. Take, for example, YouTube or Netflix. All you need to do is download the corresponding app, and youâ€™ll be good to go! Comedy, drama, gaming and more are all available at the push of a button. Very quick. Very easy. Very awesome!
A Whole New World
Once youâ€™re set up with Twitch and YouTube, a whole new world is available to you through the lens of your PS3: eSports. The most popular, competitive games take to the stage regularly, even weekly in some cases, and you can watch along with the rest of the world Call of Duty, Overwatch, and the top MOBAs have huge scenes that fans are very much a part of, so you can learn from the best while enjoying the thrill of competition. Often, especially in adaptive games like League of Legends, itâ€™s the pros who set the META, so keeping up with their techniques can be vital when working out the best ways to win.
You can even have a little extra fun on the side â€“ thanks to eSports’ availability (particularly on streaming services like Twitch) and growing popularity, more and more big-name companies are getting involved. Brands like Razer and HPÂ are investing heavily in teams, sponsoring and buying players, and bets and wagers providers are creating an infrastructure around the scene to last an age – just like for physical sports. So sit down, tune in and enjoy. You can play, watch, support andÂ wager in the ever-growing world of eSportsÂ at your PS3’s digital fingertips.
The Added Extras
So, you’re all set up with Twitch. You’re gaming, watching, surfing the web. Excellent! But there’s still more your PS3 can do. There’s a thing called PS3 Media Centre, and you can find out how to install it online. With Media Centre, even more can be accessed on and through your television -in fact, every video, audio file and clip you have on your PC is up for grabs!
While Twitch, Youtube, and Netflix are convenient enough with their dedicated applications, something like Media Centre is just perfect for a family gathering. You can have your holiday snaps on a reel, your playlist on autopilot and your birthday celebration video set to go. It’s customizable, it’s personal, and it’s a blast to use.