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Ok, so I'm very tempted by the PS3 slim and the subsequent price drop. My birthday's coming up and I might have convinced the missus into getting one.

 

The main reason I'll be buying it is for the BD playback.

 

A couple of quick questions regarding it.

 

BD are region-free, are they not? Is this for both films and games, or just games?

 

If it IS for films, does that region-free also work for DVD playback?

 

Again, very amateur questions but should be answered relatively quickly, I'm assuming.

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Ok, so I'm very tempted by the PS3 slim and the subsequent price drop. My birthday's coming up and I might have convinced the missus into getting one.

 

The main reason I'll be buying it is for the BD playback.

 

A couple of quick questions regarding it.

 

BD are region-free, are they not? Is this for both films and games, or just games?

 

If it IS for films, does that region-free also work for DVD playback?

 

Again, very amateur questions but should be answered relatively quickly, I'm assuming.

Unfortunatly you will only be able to play aussie blu rays on the ps3, but any game is ok.

 

Too slow i see!!!

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Any clues as to the region status for DVD playback?

 

I can make a hole for the PS3 by ditching the old region-free DVD player (which only ever gets used FOR region-free DVD playback...usually the missus' yoga DVDs).

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DVD region locking on PS3 is as strong and retarded as it ever was. Same regions, same locking, no fix.

 

Bluray region locking exists for films, but the regions have changed. There are three regions now which are 1. North/South America/East Asia, 2. Europe/Africa/Australia, and 3. Russia/Central Asia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc#Region_codes)

 

PS3 disc games are all region free, and so are PSN games, although some PSN games (at certain times) need a certain region account to access, which can make credit card issues.

 

A few PS3 games like Army of Two (can't remember the others) have multiplayer region-locking so it's worth checking out when importing.

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Any games can be played but the thing is the updates, you cant update a US or European etc game logging in to an Aussie account. I'm sure you could get around that by creating an account from the region the game is from but thought I'd bring it up.

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Something like 2/3rd of Bluray discs are regionfree anyway http://www.blurayregioncodes.com/ Actually they aren't region free they are "all region" coded as ABC rather than 0 but it amounts to the same thing.

 

You want a region free player check out the kogan blu ray player. DVD region free out of the box and able to switch bluray regions by pressing two buttons on the remote.

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It was mostly the DVD region free aspect I was looking for...looks like the ol' Aldi special will be gracing the living-room a little longer!

 

I must've got my wired crossed between PS3 games being region free and BD being region free.

 

I still expect to game on the PS3...quite a few exclusives are tempting me across.

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I still expect to game on the PS3...quite a few exclusives are tempting me across.

If you do get any game, you must get Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 when it comes out.

 

Top games waiting to be played.

 

-edit-

 

I know killzone 2 is out but I was referring to Uncharted 2 when I made the statement of games waiting to be played ;)

 

Kinda sucks how Blu-Ray is non region free but that is copy protection and all that other crap for you :P

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Yeah there are a few websites that will tell you if a particular Blu-ray movie is region free.

I've got a few blu-ray movies from overseas and a few more that I want to get. I've confirmed that they are multi-region

 

example. My copy of Top Gear - The Polar Special was purchased at work, but it works in my sisters PS3 purchased in Hong Kong.

My copy of The Watchmen - Directors cut is from America and it is region free.

 

I am planning to buy Son's Of Anarchy Season 1 and Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete Edition both on blu-ray and I've confirmed that both are multi-region.

 

There's quite a few that are not set to just one region :)

 

 

EDIT:

DVD region coding is still in place though and there isn't a known way around it. Yet.

That's why I keep my Pioneer multi-region player around ;) (That and it's also my SA-CD/DVD-a player)

 

The PS3 does support DivX though :)

 

If you're going to watch movies, I suggest either getting the bluetooth remote or a USB infrared sensor for use with a universal remote.

The controller works fine, but I prefer a remote in my hand for movies. And the controller has an auto-off feature to preserve the battery which means I need to keep turning it on to use it if I want to rewind or pause a movie.

I have a USB infrared sensor. I'm just waiting for my sister to find my Logitech Harmony remote and send it to me.

Edited by morris

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For BD though, I'll get the IR sensor I reckon. Already gots a Logitech Harmony.

 

I stream my media through the X360 currently. I don't think I'll muck around with that system as the missus actually understands how to work it.

 

Cheers for all the good info, boys!

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I assume that you've got a media server running on your computer then.

It should be similar for your PS3. There's an option on the PS3 interface (known as the Cross Media Bar aka XMB) for "search for Media Server" under both the Music and Movie tabs.

 

I know Logitech sell an IR sensor for the PS3, but I haven't seen them in stores yet. I suspected that you'd have a Harmony remote. That's why I mentioned it ;)

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Yeah, just streaming out through WMP11.

 

I tried Tversity for a while, but found it a little more cumbersome to set-up (used it when WMP11 died suddenly...then just as suddenly fixed itself a week or two later. No idea why)

 

There's no absolute certainty I'm getting a PS3 for my birthday...but yeah, just wanting to know my options before the inevitable acquisition (however that my be).

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Any clues as to the region status for DVD playback?

 

I can make a hole for the PS3 by ditching the old region-free DVD player (which only ever gets used FOR region-free DVD playback...usually the missus' yoga DVDs).

I faced the same dilemar a few months back, as I had around 20 region 2 and region 1 DVDs and wanted to ditch my mutliregion DVD player. Two solutions:

 

1) Use Handbreak to rip each film to .avi form, and store on your PS3's hard drive. I did this for films I didn't care about the quality of. Each one was around 1gb in size.

 

2) Turn them into high quality .VOB files. I did this for films/videos I wanted to preserve the quality of. Each one turned out at around 5-7gb, and used TVersity to copy them across the network from my PC onto my PS3's HDD - this is because you can't transfer files larger than 4gb on FAT32 (which is the only file format the PS3 can currently detect on portable drives).

 

Depending on how many you have, and what method you use (.VOB or .AVI) you may need to upgrade your PS3's internal drive. I have a 500gb internal drive which cost me $90. Throw Play-TV in and you have an awesome media centre.

 

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Handy site - http://bluray.liesinc.net/

 

Saved my bacon in many cases (ie so I don't import something I subsequently can't play).

 

Got a lot of Blu-rays from www.cdwow.com.au which used to be www.cd-wow.co.uk, and so a lot of the discs are from the UK (fortunately also Region B), but they have many different types of disc on there, so knowing whether the disc is all region (ie A B and C) avoids worrying what country it's from etc.

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Blu Ray are not region free, all PS3 games are region free.

Wrong. I bought 'Watchmen Directors Cut' bluray off amazon, works fine

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Blu Ray are not region free, all PS3 games are region free.

Wrong. I bought 'Watchmen Directors Cut' bluray off amazon, works fine

 

*cough* I already mentioned that above in one of my posts :)

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If you buy movies here in AUS, get them from Big W.

 

Its the only place I been to that has them cheap for like 20 - 25 bucks at times.

 

Never go to EB or Sanity. WoW Sight and Sound have the same deals might be cheaper than Little W lol.

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Handy site - http://bluray.liesinc.net/

 

Saved my bacon in many cases (ie so I don't import something I subsequently can't play).

 

Tha's just a redirect to the link site I linked to earlier. :-P

 

Didn't see that... it's ok, you can have the credit, settle down ;-)

 

If you buy movies here in AUS, get them from Big W.

 

Its the only place I been to that has them cheap for like 20 - 25 bucks at times.

 

Never go to EB or Sanity. WoW Sight and Sound have the same deals might be cheaper than Little W lol.

Big W is definitely good, I got 'Blade Runner' 2-disc for $18 recently, 'American History X' and '2001' for $15.

 

JB often have good prices (buy 2 get 1 free, or specials like when 'Casino Royale' 2-disc was only $24 when QoS came out), not to mention that brand new ones are now almost always the same price as new release DVDs, ie $29.95 (got 'Role Models' for that), though since they now get even cheaper, as above, I still usually don't go for those, despite it being a great price for a new release.

 

EB are rubbish, but I wouldn't say no to Sanity - their normal price discs are way too pricey but most if not all branches also have a surprisingly-good range of '2-for-$50' Blu-rays - I got both 'Matrix' and 'The Mummy' for $50, and gonna pick up 'Casino' and 'Serenity' next time I'm at my local...

Edited by thylacine

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2 words hector.

 

Holy Fuck.

 

Thats one heck of a DVD collection you have there =P

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