If you've got questions pertaining to the PS3 ask away. I'll keep an update of all the Q&A in the OP for future reference as more people pick up the system. And for CAGs who've had the systems for a while, jump in as well with your hidden tricks and shortcuts to getting the most out of the system.
This will most certainly be dependant on the support of the community, so thanks again to everyone. Enjoy your PS3!
Q: Does the PS3 auto-detect HDMI on setup?
Yes, it does. Component, however, is not. (I'm guessing you have to select this through the menu and have either HDMI or Composite set up for display.*)
*See "5 Second Hold" in PS3 101
Yes, you can. In fact it's even stated in the Official PS3 FAQ page. All you will need is a SATA 2.5in Hard Drive. Watch this video for instructions:
Q: Can the tilt feature be disabled globally or do you have to do it for each individual game?
There is no setting to turn off SIXAXIS functionality from within the XMB for every game. However, most games that use the function usually default it to "Off".
There is no official 1st party VGA cable available. There maybe a 3rd party option available somewhere, but more than likely, you'll have to use a converter if you want to go that route.
If you're ever looking for any kind of cables or wires in the future, check out Monoprice:
Optical cables (or Toslink)
*First section only "Toslink to Toslink"
HDMI cables ("male to male")
*Product IDs 2412, 2504, 2526, 2529
Q: Will PS3 upscale DVDs? How about my PS2 games?
DVD upscaling is only available with the use of HDMI. For PS2 games, however, you may either use the component or HDMI connections.
Q: How do I convert my movie files to watch them on my PS3?
PS3 Video 9 is a free download that will allow you to convert your files to a compatible one for PS3 viewing. Download it here.
"As many people have found out, Firmware 1.8 has added the option to stream and copy media such as music, videos, and pictures from a media server. This guide explains how to do it.
It can either be done by Windows Media Player 11, or Nero Home. This guide is for the WMP11 version of it.
1) Download Windows Media Player 11.
2) After downloading and installing it, it will import your music, videos, and pictures from My Documents. It will not work with your music from iTunes though. For that, you will need to burn it to a disc, then import it to WMP.
3) Open WMP11, Then click on the music tab and there will be three icons, Playlist, library, and Urge. Right Click on library and select share media.
3) On your PS3, turn it on and select "Find Media Servers".
4) On WMP11 a message will pop up showing a unknown device trying to get to your music. Select the Approve button and the click Apply.
There you go! Please remember this though. If you're in the music bar on the XMB, pictures will not display. Only music will work right, other folders will be shown as empty."
From NeoSeeker poster guticb
Unfortunately, I don't have too much information on this, but a few users have suggested the following programs:
Another CAG also recommends the following program for Mac users:
Unfortunately, you can't as of System Update 1.82. The colors, however, apparently do change according to the season and time of day.
Check the Unofficial PS3 Media Guide for a listing of supported file formats along with further instructions and tips on using those files on your PS3.
Q: What PS1 and PS2 games are backwards compatible with the PS3?
Due to the overwhelming library of the PS1 and PS2 games, a complete listing of backwards compatible games would be far too lengthy. Playstation.com provides a Software Compatibility Status Page where you can search to see if a game works and a detailed report of any problems that may have been found.
PS2 and PS1 games are saved to the HDD in "Virtual Memory Cards". You're able to create your own within the XMB. However, if you do have game saves you want to transfer over from PS2/PS memory cards for backwards compatibility play, you'll need the PS3 Memory Card Adaptor.
Keep in mind, however, that a virtual memory card must be created prior to starting a PS1/PS2 game.
dallow says: "Yes, though there are some adapters that don't work as well as others. I think there's a thread on which one is the one to get to enable rumble. I bought a cheap no name brand one and rumble doesn't work. Don't think it works with the Pelican adapter either."Q: Are online-capable PS2 games playable on PS3?
Yes, they are, but for voicechat, you will need to use a wired USB headset.
Q: What is "folding"?
From Wiki: "Folding@home (also known as FAH or F@H) is a distributed computing roject designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics simulations."
Basically, it uses your PS3 to help understand diseases and hopefully cure them. Instead of using one supercomputer, all clients subscribed to it (your PS3) are sent little pieces of data to run through and then send back. Think P2P where multiple computers are seeding data, only instead of seeding and downloading porn, you're running chemistry calculations and sending them back. Isn't that more fun?
If you find yourself switching between TVs and inputs ("5 Second Hold"):
"If you hold down the power button for 5 seconds when powering up, it will auto-revert to the 'default' output setting.
In particular when switching from HDMI to Component on a friend's TV I have found this useful. Also, for me component cables was also automatic (using the 5 second hold feature).
PS2 launched missiles (potentially), but all that hard earned money has to give me a little more right? Well, not only do you get a Blu-Ray player and a video game system, this baby can also help find a cure to cancer. Join the CAG Folding@home Team -- where CheapAsses can atone for buying DOAX2 to admire the "physics" .
*No promises made, but at least you're trying. "Do or do not my CheapAss, Yoda!"
Playstation 3 User Manual
Playstation 3 FAQ Page
Playstation Software Compatibility Status
Unofficial PS3 Media Guide
PS3 Video 9 Converstion Tool
Monoprice.com (Optical Cables)
Monoprice.com (HDMI Cables)
PS3 FAQ AVS Forum
Thanks seanr1221, TC, TheManaKnight, cdrober, panasonic, Apossum, Mechafenris, torifile, dallow, and Backlash for your contributions.
Edited by SteveMcQ, 10 December 2009 - 02:01 PM.