On the top row you see the audio codec, including how many channels of sound, the sample frequency in kHz, and the bit rate. Comparable information is displayed for video the video codec and bit rate. The bottom row displays the disc's title number and chapter number, the time elapsed, and the total time, with a meter that shows where you currently are on the disc relative to the total playing time.
Sublime Video While usability is critical to any consumer electronics device, the quality of the output remains paramount. Having the PS3 finally allowed me to compare the first-to-market Samsung BD-P with the original, factory-installed firmware side by side with another Blu-ray Disc player, and the results highlighted a video-quality shortcoming in the original release of the Samsung player that shipped in the summer.
I could see that the images from the PlayStation 3 appeared noticeably sharper and crisper, with more depth and detail than the Samsung unit produced.
That's probably because the BD-P was released with noise reduction enabled by default and offered no way to disable it. Samsung's misstep on this setting goes far to account for the flat-looking image, and for the generally lower picture quality that I and other reviewers noted on the BD-P during the summer.
The company says this problem has been fixed via a firmware update released at the end of October; all players shipped since then have the new firmware. Earlier, with no other Blu-ray player to compare against the Samsung, I had found its output of HD films on Blu-ray definitely better-looking than the same movies on standard-definition DVD. However, when I watched the same Blu-ray movies on the PlayStation 3, I could better appreciate Blu-ray's potential for image clarity.
Though my first impressions of the PlayStation 3's Blu-ray video playback quality were positive, videophiles should take note: The PS3 has two technical limitations that set it apart from stand-alone Blu-ray players. First, unlike stand-alone Blu-ray players, the PS3 does not have a dedicated video chip set optimized for decoding Blu-ray video, instead relying on the Cell processor and its software to do the job.
This may turn out to be a plus, however, as Sony's improvements to the player software can be more easily distributed to existing users than a hardware upgrade. Second, the PS3 offers p60 where the 60 refers to frames per second playback, which is less optimal than p24 for filmed content. Few displays support p24 output today, but if your HD set and your BD player do so, you should see higher-quality images than you'd get from p60 output.
Since movies are filmed at 24 frames per second, you'd want to use an even multiple of 24 such as 72 frames per second to avoid motion artifacts in slow-panning scenes.
Edit: So is there a resume playback equivalent in blu-rays that utilize the java thing? Not quite sure I'm following.. What he meant is that the only BDs you need to pres stop before turning off to resume later are those that do not support BD-Java.
I don't understand why new, more advanced technology would take a step backwards from the previous format in any way. It does explain, though, why I kept finding some people online insisting that blu rays do resume play and others insisting they don't I knew about the bookmark feature on some discs, but I had hoped there was something I could do to make them all resume.
Call us sentimental, but this small touch gives a soothing feeling and might well create a sense of wonder in all but the most stoic of gamers.
In any case, we were effortlessly able to confirm top-notch, totally accurate, unadulterated playback of Blu-ray movies against several other known-good reference players. With 24p content, you provide the disc, the PS4 dutifully reproduces it.Two-handed navigation for entertainment players is not unheard of--several high-end remote controls from Harmony, Philips, and others require two hands--but it is unusual, and certainly a departure from the more commonplace and ergonomic single-handed clicker. Using two hands to control basic functions like play, fast forward, and rewind was both ungainly and imprecise; I missed not having dedicated buttons for such common features. I guess I've just been unlucky with the ones I've had to stop halfway through. Member Since: January 5, Posts:
Note: this review concerns the most recent PS4 system software at the time of publication December 16, , version SU
Not quite sure I'm following.. TheTenth10 So it's disc-specific and not player-specific? Trying to perform certain operations, such as precise fast-forwarding, was particularly frustrating. You should be able to skipp al the logos and warnings by pressing square when the disc just loaded. It took just 3 seconds for our Underworld Evolution disc to physically load into the unit itself, followed almost immediately by the PlayStation 3 startup music. The company says this problem has been fixed via a firmware update released at the end of October; all players shipped since then have the new firmware.
However, this is not an unqualified endorsement; in fact, I found several drawbacks that may give audio-visual enthusiasts pause.
Sublime Video While usability is critical to any consumer electronics device, the quality of the output remains paramount.
If you display fps content at an uneven multiple, like the commonly used 60 fps, you'll end up with those artifacts.
I had to go to Sony directly to find out. The PS3 can resume playback; I discovered, though, that if I exited the player app to do something else on the PS3 before reselecting the BD movie, there was an obvious lag before play started up again. Navigation Experimentation To navigate up, down, left, or right within the disc menus, you can use either the PS3 controller's directional pad or the left analog stick controller. In any case, we were effortlessly able to confirm top-notch, totally accurate, unadulterated playback of Blu-ray movies against several other known-good reference players. According to that manual, the setting optimizes playback to match the frame rate of your source video: The Video option is for fps output, such as you'd find with TV shows and animated content encoded at i or i resolution.
Since it doesn't come with a separate remote control for video playback, I had to use the game controller to navigate through movies, and that required two hands.
You insert the disc and wait for something to happen, except nothing happens. The issue--one of several that keep the PS3 from being a killer Blu-ray Disc player--is that, if already turned on, the machine does not automatically start the movie disc. Unsurprisingly with all of this in mind, there is no provision made for film mode deinterlacing detecting the presence of film content stored in an interlaced signal. The O button lets you exit the BD player, the square button brings up the disc's pop-up menu, and the triangle button gives you a handy, transparent-overlay on-screen menu that pops up on the left side of the screen.
As time goes on hopefully all new releases will support Bookmarking making it easir to start where you left off. Blu-Rays with BD-Java will not start from where you left off. Though my first impressions of the PlayStation 3's Blu-ray video playback quality were positive, videophiles should take note: The PS3 has two technical limitations that set it apart from stand-alone Blu-ray players.
Sony does include a Blu-ray movie, the Will Farrell hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, with the first , systems--another clear indicator of the company's positioning of the PS3 as a Blu-ray player, too. Thanks for the tip about the square button, though I knew about the bookmark feature on some discs, but I had hoped there was something I could do to make them all resume. Edit: So is there a resume playback equivalent in blu-rays that utilize the java thing?