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So... what formats can the PS3 handle?

It's our favorite topic! Long bulleted lists! This time we're recapping what all the PS3 can handle. Let's get to it... go ahead and continue reading, if you dare! You should dare. It would be cool of you.
Hard media formats!
  • BD-ROM
  • BD-R
  • BD-RE
  • DVD-R
  • DVD-RW
  • DVD+R
  • DVD+RW
  • CD-ROM
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • Super Audio CD

Video formats (not sure what all these mean, to be honest)!
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-2 (PS,TS)
  • H.264/MEPG-4 AVC
  • MPEG-4 SP

Music formats!
  • ATRAC (.oma .msa .aa3)
  • AAC (.3gp .mp4)
  • MP3 (.mp3)
  • WAV (.wav)

Image formats!
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • BMP

Sweet! Hope you enjoyed this latest set of lists and hopefully this lets you know... the PS3 can handle a lot of stuff. Almost like a computer. Hmmm... almost. Anything missing that tears you up inside?

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1. MPEG-4 SP is the same one from PSP.
MPEG-4 AVC is the another one too which it is on firmware 2+ PSP.

Not sure it can play on AVI format

Posted at 10:10AM on Oct 27th 2006 by iceatcs

2. Does it do 8cm discs?

Posted at 10:13AM on Oct 27th 2006 by Hoopster

3. VC1? I thought that was a required codec for both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.

No .WMA or WMV. That will be interesting browsing the web looking to play a video as most videos on the web are in .WMV .

I guess folks also can't login to any subscription service via the browser and stream or play songs as Itunes DRM is not supported and neither is .WMA Plays For Sure.

I wander if you will be able to download using the web browser?

No DIVX or XVID support.

Posted at 10:15AM on Oct 27th 2006 by stumpie

4. " VC1? I thought that was a required codec for both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD"

It plays VC1 fine off the BD disc, it wont play VC1 off the HDD... for now anyways, they can always enable it via firmware.

If you want to do the rest of that stuff; use the Linux OS.

Posted at 10:25AM on Oct 27th 2006 by Hoopster

5. I could give a rat's ass for PlaysForSure. If I do extract MP3s, I don't use media player. Even Microsoft's Zune doesn't play PlaysForSure content, which only tells me that MS could give a rat's ass as well.

Posted at 10:30AM on Oct 27th 2006 by Andir2.0

6. I'm shocked that it doesn't support Betamax.

Posted at 10:42AM on Oct 27th 2006 by Frosty22

7. Funny Frosty...maybe PS3/360/Wii should support VHS as well eh?

Come on that format war was what? 20 years ago? I know people liken HDDVDBluray to VHS/Betamax... but come on.. sony has had plenty of successful formats as well, there's always gonna be hits and misses, Ninty and MS aren't exactly immune to failed formats,systems either ya know.

Posted at 11:23AM on Oct 27th 2006 by JJ

8. i still dont get why people are hating. too many haters in this biznatch with all that betamax shit talk. everyone is acting as if sony had molested them when they were little and now they are tormented and siding with the uber cool j allard xbox bandwagon.

Posted at 11:35AM on Oct 27th 2006 by go eat your fries biotch

9. Cos they are full of jealous.

All the haters are only main one reason, is the price.

Posted at 11:43AM on Oct 27th 2006 by iceatcs

10. Just to shed some light on the video formats since the own blogger admints not knowing what some of this formats are:

MPEG-1 - This is what you get on video cd's although this doesn't necesarily mean that it will play video cds (VCD), however, .MPG you get on the internet will mostly work.

MPEG-2 (PS,TS) - This refers to files that are usually ripped from DVD's if it is a PS, it will most probably be in MPV or MP2 format, the TS is how video files are tipycally stored on DVD's so if you rip a DVD and put it on the PS3 HDD (removing the protection most likely be required) and play a DVD image.

H.264/MEPG-4 AVC - Recent codec, works very well and has great compression quality.

MPEG-4 SP - Very similar to H.264 only older works very well.

Posted at 12:07PM on Oct 27th 2006 by Leo

11. "6. I'm shocked that it doesn't support Betamax."

Hey Frosty22. Do you even know why beta failed? I bet you don't.

People like you that use the betamax argument against BD-ROM are the same people that used the argument that the Apple iPod will fail because Apple's Newton PDA failed.

Silly boy!

Posted at 12:09PM on Oct 27th 2006 by GL

12. "Even Microsoft's Zune doesn't play PlaysForSure"

Your right the Zune doesn't ... but the Xbox 360 does. It's a nice can plug in any Plays For Sure MP3 player and the 360 will play all of the files...even the DRMed versions like files from subsription services. And I'm sure the 360 will be able to play files from any Zune plugged in as well.

Posted at 1:03PM on Oct 27th 2006 by stumpie

13. Doesn't the fact that it come with linux mean that it will play any video you currently have on your cpu?

Posted at 3:44PM on Oct 27th 2006 by Carlos

14. can i listen to custom music while playin a game or internet surfing?

Posted at 5:42PM on Oct 27th 2006 by bruce

15. If I didn't already have a Super Audio Player, I would seriously concider this for that alone!

Posted at 6:52PM on Oct 28th 2006 by Elric

16. they hate sony all they can bring up is sony's short comings and none of the things they did right like how about sony and philips together made the dvd format I bet none of these M$ fanboys knew about that whats with all the hate all of a sudden when there was no xbox and there was was ps2 and dreamcast everyone was all on sony's nuts then M$ can along who before bring out xbox had been disapointing pc users for years are all of a sudden became the savior of amrican gamers wtf is this bullSh*t about what did sony touch your little sister or punch your mom in mouth took your fathers job i mean come on all ready look if you dont like another console base it on games and how much fun your having aint that the point of games anyway at least last time i check in other words play your games and have fun no need to get violent over something thats soppose to to entertain you ......................

Posted at 8:36AM on Oct 31st 2006 by pagetwo


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