PS3 observations

I’ve had my PS3 for a few days now, and I thought I’d share a few random observations. First, if you hook up a PS3, and then start to get an incessant buzz coming from your TV, you’ve probably got a ground loop problem. This thread at the Sony forums describes the problem quite clearly. I solved the problem easily by using a cheap three-prong to two-prong adapter from Home Depot. Still, it was kind of annoying working through it and figuring out what was going on.
I do like the PS3 in general, and I think that now is the time to buy one if you’ve been holding off. When it launched, I wasn’t too excited about it. It seemed overpriced for what it could do, and there were a few questions about stuff like backward-compatibility that hadn’t been answered yet. The 80 GB MGS4 bundle I bought hits the sweet spot in terms of functionality and value. It’s got WiFi and wired Ethernet. It’s got a reasonably large hard drive. It’s got a reasonable level of backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games. And it’s maturing in terms of the software that’s out there for it. The downloadable stuff on the Playstation Network is pretty good. There are a few great games out for it — GTA4, MGS4, and a few others. And, like it or not, Blu-Ray has won the battle with HD-DVD.
I’m just starting to experiment with all the stuff the PS3 can do. I’ve watched a couple of regular DVDs on it, and it works fine as an upscaling DVD player. I’ve watched a few downloaded 720p movie trailers on it, and those look good too. I haven’t actually watched any Blu-Ray discs yet, but a friend gave me a copy of Ratatouille, so I’ll be checking that out soon. And I subscribed to Qore, which is kind of fun.

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