PS3 vs dedicated Blu-Ray player

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  • phAge 25 May 2010 12:47:20 24,386 posts
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    I'm in the market for a BD-player that also has some media center functionality.

    I realise that the PS3 does just that (and does it rather well from what I gather) - but the thing is that I'd... prefer not to have a PS3 in my house. Ignoring the fact that I'm just a silly fanboy, just what are my alternative options, and how much am I missing out on/paying too much by going after a dedicated player instead?

    Also, what are some of the better-yet-reasonably-priced BD players out there?
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 12:49:08
    Not really, stop being a fanboy.
  • mrpon 25 May 2010 12:49:50 29,184 posts
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    Is it because you'll struggle with the cables?

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 12:49:55
    Just buy a PS3. I only have Demon's Souls for mine and it's mostly just a BluRay player/media player.
  • mcmonkeyplc 25 May 2010 12:49:56 39,467 posts
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    Get a PS3 and shun it by not buying any games for it. It's what I did.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • kalel 25 May 2010 12:50:04 88,371 posts
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    There's a bottom of the range Pioneer which is pretty cheap, and pretty good. One of the cheaper Phillips is good as well.

    You're cutting off your nose to spite your face though really. The PS3 is the best value for money bluray player at the low end of the price scale by some margin.
  • Lutzie 25 May 2010 12:51:47 952 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    You're cutting off your nose to spite your face though really. The PS3 is the best value for money bluray player at the low end of the price scale by some margin.
    This. TBH, I was the same. Bit loathe to boost Sonys numbers as I don't like Sony. But facts are facts, and the PS3 is damned good for all BD and media stuff.
  • X201 25 May 2010 12:51:47 15,576 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    I'm in the market for a BD-player that also has some media center functionality.

    I realise that the PS3 does just that (and does it rather well from what I gather) - but the thing is that I'd... prefer not to have a PS3 in my house. Ignoring the fact that I'm just a silly fanboy, just what are my alternative options, and how much am I missing out on/paying too much by going after a dedicated player instead?

    Also, what are some of the better-yet-reasonably-priced BD players out there?


    Only one Blu-ray player on the market is able to play Uncharted 2

    Buy that one.


  • Retroid Moderator 25 May 2010 12:53:18 44,985 posts
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    Get a PS3, FFS!

    It's excellent for what you'd want, *plus* it has a browser (which you can use to grab videos from, say, Revision 3) and games as extras.
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 12:53:38
    Get the BluRay remote and you won't have to use that abomination of a gamepad.
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 12:53:41
    Samsung BD-C5300 from Blockbuster is about as good as you'll get before you start approaching the "I may as well have bought a PS3" cost.

    The Sammy's a great player, goes from off to playing in 11 seconds and has an app-store with loads of free links to things like iPlayer and Lovefilm (so you can stream films for nowt).

    £130 with 6 free BluRays.
  • phAge 25 May 2010 12:53:47 24,386 posts
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    I guess I *could* find one 2nd hand, and just throw away the 'pads. If I do choose to go the way of the dedicated player, do any of them offer much in the way of media center stuff?
  • kalel 25 May 2010 12:55:34 88,371 posts
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    Why throw away the pads?

    You're weird.
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 12:56:03
    phAge wrote:
    I guess I *could* find one 2nd hand, and just throw away the 'pads. If I do choose to go the way of the dedicated player, do any of them offer much in the way of media center stuff?

    See my post. The Samsung will stream from your network, play MKVs and deal with Youtube etc. The major difference between it and a PS3 is the lack of Vidzone and the inability to play games
  • phAge 25 May 2010 12:56:25 24,386 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Why throw away the pads?

    You're weird.
    Save few quid? But yeah, this is in no way rational, but there you go.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 25 May 2010 12:57:06 7,012 posts
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    This is a great value Blu-Ray player: http://www.richersounds.com/product/blu-ray/sony/bdps370/sony-bdps370-r2

    Review: http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/4762/sony-bdp-s370-bluray-review

    Plays loads for formats plus, if you hook it up to t'internet, you can access iPlayer and Lovefilm.
  • phAge 25 May 2010 12:57:21 24,386 posts
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    TeleFunken wrote:
    phAge wrote:
    I guess I *could* find one 2nd hand, and just throw away the 'pads. If I do choose to go the way of the dedicated player, do any of them offer much in the way of media center stuff?

    See my post. The Samsung will stream from your network, play MKVs and deal with Youtube etc. The major difference between it and a PS3 is the lack of Vidzone and the inability to play games
    Would it stream from one of those always-on/browser-enabled USB hard drives, then?
  • Jazzy_Geoff 25 May 2010 13:00:21 7,767 posts
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    This is silly.
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 13:00:36
    phAge wrote:
    TeleFunken wrote:
    phAge wrote:
    I guess I *could* find one 2nd hand, and just throw away the 'pads. If I do choose to go the way of the dedicated player, do any of them offer much in the way of media center stuff?

    See my post. The Samsung will stream from your network, play MKVs and deal with Youtube etc. The major difference between it and a PS3 is the lack of Vidzone and the inability to play games
    Would it stream from one of those always-on/browser-enabled USB hard drives, then?

    Not sure, unless you tell the DNLA software on your PC/server to catalogue that stuff and make it available. A PS3 would probably stumble there too though, to be fair (although you can go through the internet browser on the PS3 I guess)

    In all fairness the PS3 is a *superb* media centre device. I know why you don't want one, as I've just done the same thing (getting rid of a PS3 for a media-centre Blu player) but it really does tick most of the boxes you would ever need
  • reflux 25 May 2010 13:01:06 1,804 posts
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    phAge: To be fair, the PS3 is kinda noisy compared to a proper BD-player and if you wanna watch video "found" on the net it's utter crap since it had very poor file format support. The solution is to use Playstation Media Server but they you need to have a pretty beefy PC running all the time too.

    I'd look at a LG BD390 instead which plays everything you throw at it, supports external NTFS-formatted drives and has excellent network support.

    And THEN I'd buy a PS3 for gaming too :D
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 13:01:47
    Are you one of those weird Microsoft fanboys or something?
  • morriss 25 May 2010 13:03:41 71,122 posts
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    Don't relent, phAge.
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 13:04:46
    You'll get to play WipeOut HD and Last Guardian too.
  • TechnoHippy 25 May 2010 13:05:01 14,719 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Get a PS3 and shun it by not buying any games for it. It's what I did.

    This, although I am tempted by Heavy Rain.

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  • jonsaan 25 May 2010 13:05:07 25,360 posts
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    Have you been drinking Phage?

    FCUTA!

  • Jazzy_Geoff 25 May 2010 13:06:01 7,767 posts
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    I'll take issue with that reflux

    I run PS3 media server off a netbook with no worries
    I watch streaming stuff off the web (mostly sport and porn) all the time. It looks better on the telly than it does my laptop. I don't find may vids it can't play. (ITV player and 40d don't work though).
  • phAge 25 May 2010 13:06:38 24,386 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Have you been drinking Phage?

    Only water. I'll check out the LG BD390 - sounds like it has everything I need.
  • cianchristopher 25 May 2010 13:06:58 6,360 posts
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    Panasonic have the best reputation (it would seem, going by CNET and What HiFi) for standalone blu-ray players...

    The BD85 got a 5 star review here
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 13:07:27
    Jazzy_Geoff wrote:
    I'll take issue with that reflux

    I run PS3 media server off a netbook with no worries
    I watch streaming stuff off the web (mostly sport and porn) all the time. It looks better on the telly than it does my laptop. I don't find may vids it can't play. (ITV player and 40d don't work though).

    4od works just fine through the browser - youtube.com/shows
  • Deleted user 25 May 2010 13:08:49
    The Samsung C5300 (or C5500 too) matches and exceeds the BD390 in functionality and beats it substantially in price
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