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PS3 as Blu Ray Player?

Posted by kayatai, 25 June 2011 · 39 views

So I just got an HDTV and am in the market for a Blu Ray player. I already have an Xbox 360 that I am perfectly happy with, so I don't "need" a gaming console.

How does the PS3 perform as a Blu Ray player, especially for non-gamers? (Assuming I should get the remote for easier controls by non-gamers).

How does the PS3 netflix implementation compare to the 360 one? I would prefer the kids to use 1 piece of hardware for watching movies.

How well do the parental controls work for games/movies AND Netflix? I know they have a funny rating system, but I figure I can work around that.

Will the PS3 perform as well as a cheaper Blu Ray player with wired connection for netflix?

Let me know what your experience/advice is, thanks guys!




So I just got an HDTV and am in the market for a Blu Ray player. I already have an Xbox 360 that I am perfectly happy with, so I don't "need" a gaming console.

How does the PS3 perform as a Blu Ray player, especially for non-gamers? (Assuming I should get the remote for easier controls by non-gamers).

How does the PS3 netflix implementation compare to the 360 one? I would prefer the kids to use 1 piece of hardware for watching movies.

How well do the parental controls work for games/movies AND Netflix? I know they have a funny rating system, but I figure I can work around that.

Will the PS3 perform as well as a cheaper Blu Ray player with wired connection for netflix?

Let me know what your experience/advice is, thanks guys!
The PS3 is the best Blu Ray player for the money, IMO. It will also double as a Netflix player....

I have a rather cheap Blu player for the living room since my 2 year old can beat the hell out of it and honestly I love the PS3 much more. Its rather easy to use (wife uses it with just the PS3 controller) and you don't have to worry about finding the updates (if you connect via wifi).

Also as a bonus it plays 3D....hooray
The PS3 is great as a blu ray player. I haven't used Netflix on it too much but you don't need the disc anymore so I imagine it's comparable to the 360.

Happily there are also some cheap-ass exclusives that are well worth buying if you change your mind about gaming on it down the road.
PS3 is definitely a great blu ray player. It has the advantage of being able to be updated by any firmware updates. The deals that have been around for the 160gb PS3 Slim lately make it an easy choice. Who knows, you may even like the PS3's exclusive games. If not, the PS3 would still be your best bet for a blu ray player.
I bought mine originally to play games. Now that I've played what I've wanted, its a nice blu ray player for my living room. Easy enough for my dad to use it.
The only caveat that I would have is that if you've got a 3D TV, the PS3 does not support lossless audio during 3D playback. Whether this actually matters to you or not is personal preference (honestly, you would have to have a pretty good sound system to really tell a huge difference between DTS/Dolby and lossless on most blu-rays anyway). Other, newer-model blu-ray players do support this, though. So far, to the best of my knowledge, this is the only major gap in the PS3's blu-ray support.

Beyond that, I use a PS3 for my blu-ray player, and it's great. I actually prefer it over my girlfriend's stand-alone Sony blu-ray player. Hers can be somewhat finicky about connecting to the internet for Netflix/Hulu/etc. -- sometimes it says it's connecting, and then just drops right back to the system menu, and then you have to try again (sometimes a couple of times). I've never experienced an issue like this with my PS3.

As far as Netflix goes, I would say that the XBox interface is slightly better, but the PS3 interface is entirely useable. And the PS3 version supports all of the essential features like HD, 5.1 audio, subtitles where available, etc.

If you're ever considering Hulu Plus, I've also found the PS3 Hulu Plus app to be a lot better than the one on my gf's stand-alone player. I haven't tried the XBox version, so I can't comment on it.

And hey, you may not need another console, but if you get one, you'll have it for any exclusives (The Last Guardian is coming! :D).

I'd say go for it.

On a side note, I would recommend dropping the extra $20 for the Sony blu-ray remote. It's a whole lot easier to use when watching movies or Netflix than a controller. Don't buy a cheap third-party knock-off one, as they don't tend to work very well.
Thanks for the advice guys, It looks like the PS3 will work great for Movies and Netflix (honestly as long as it's not as bad as the Series 3 Tivo implementation, which it really can't be, it should be fine). I will definitely pick up the remote as well if I can manage to swing picking up a PS3. Kids are young, so I'm thinking the parental controls on the PS3 will actually be better than just using a standalone player.

Oh and I will definitely use it for games if I have it, I just want to pull that part of it out of the equation to make sure I'm not limiting the family to a substandard movie/netflix experience just for my own fancy.
You need to hook up the PS3 through HDMI in order to display Blu-Ray movies in widescreen HD since it has some sort of protection. Otherwise, any other connection defaults to 480p.
@mac101010 Thanks, I heard only HDMI will do the full 1080P for most blurays or something so I'm saving one of the HDMI's for whatever bluray I end up getting.
I've been very happy with my PS3's movie playing capabilities. Blu-Rays look great, 3D Blus look great, Netflix works well, Vudu runs well and I have found Hulu Plus on the PS3 to be much better than Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360 (I just don't like how it's organized on the 360).

I haven't tried the MLB or NHL apps.
There a ton of really good networked Blu Ray Players on the market now for much less the a PS3. Now if you think you will play some games then go for it, but if you want it just as a movie player I would look over at AVS Forum for some info. I picked up an LG player for my bedroom with netflix, vudu, and Amazon access for $75 and it works very well.
I have the same problem. Love the 360. A friend has a PS3. I did like PS3, but xbox games I like better (not bashing)
Its difficult enough to keep up with xbox and Wii. Kfoster is right. Blu Ray players are getting cheaper. PS3 is good if u also want to play the PS3 title games.
If you get a PS3 as the bluray player, I highly suggest the PS3 bluetooth remote.

It's made using the PS3 as a media device infinitely more enjoyable - I feel it's worth the $20 MSRP (not that I paid MSRP...)
I got an LG blu-ray player for $65 on black friday. Works great. Does not do netflix, but my 360 and my tv both already have apps for that. The blu-ray player does have an internet connection though, and has downloaded several firmware updates over the past six months. Also has youtube support. And it was a whole lot cheaper than a PS3!
The PS3 works fine as a blu ray player. To be honest I've never used another blu ray player other then my PS3 but I've also never had problems with the PS3. I don't use a separate remote for the PS3 but the PS3 controller is fine for viewing movies. Only time I have had trouble is if I wanted to change to subtitles. I always forget what button to press.

I have both an XBOX 360 and PS3 and have used Netflix on both of them. They are pretty much the same although I personally prefer the 360's layout.

Concerning the parental controls comparison I can't answer that right now because my gf is using the TV with the PS3 (stupid Kardashian show) but if you're still on the fence about it I can take a look at it later and tell you.
Just FYI on anyone that randomly comes across this blog, since I'm sure it's dead by now. There are 2 huge differences in the netflix implementation on the PS3 and 360 to note (mostly for parents).

1) PS3 does not restrict netflix titles based on your consoles parental controls, the Xbox 360 does this and it's very nice. the 360 will hide the coverart and prompt for your 'code' to play any restricted title. The PS3 doesn't do this and tells you that you may be able to configure it at the netflix site itself if you need parental controls.

2) PS3 will autoplay the next episode when one completes if you are viewing a show in a TV series. If you are a lazy parent you may end up letting your kid watch more shows than you had intended.