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Since I (and several other members) are looking into getting PS3s with the price drop coming up, I thought it would be good to centralize all the Q&A surrounding the system.

I am sure this exists somewhere else (here or otherwise), but I trust you guys more than random people on IGN, etc.

Here are some initial questions:

How good is the upconversion for PS2 games?

How many "extras" are needed when purchasing a PS3 (cords, memory card connectors, etc)?

Can you hook a keyboard and mouse up to the PS3 for net surfing (specificaly d/ling roster updates for certain games or roster mods)?

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I can tell you that my PS3 that was purchased in November of '06 did not include the cables necessary for HD gaming. If the same holds true today, you will need to purchase component cables or a HDMI cable, depending on what your TV will accept.

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Which is better between the cables as my new TV will accept both? Is HDMI the higher quality overall?

I have a 50 inch Panasonic plasma and changing between HDMI and component shows very little difference. I also have a 32 inch Toshiba LCD and HDMI is slightly sharper. I think it depends on your other equipment.

I think a gaming screen isn't going to be all that revealing of the differences between the cables since you'll be seeing animation rather than real life textures and details. BTW, if you go HDMI, look online....it is *much* cheaper. It's pretty ridiculous that something that costs pennies to make is sold at confiscatory prices at retail establishments.

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BTW, if you go HDMI, look online....it is *much* cheaper. It's pretty ridiculous that something that costs pennies to make is sold at confiscatory prices at retail establishments.

I agree - luckily I have an extra cable.

Punk - I will look through my cable/cord stash - I might have another one laying around.

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How many "extras" are needed when purchasing a PS3 (cords, memory card connectors, etc)?

As has been mentioned already, the PS3 only comes with analog RCA connectors (Left-Right-Video). If you want to use any HD resolutions you will need to either purchase a Component or HDMI connector. If you already have the Component Video cable for the PS2, you can use it with your PS3, it is compatible. In addition if you want 5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital or DTS) you will need to purchase an Optical cable. IIRC, the PS3 doesn't have a SPDIF connector for digital audio, so you must use an optical cable if you want full 5.1,7.1,etc surround sound.

You don't need to purchase any memory cards for the PS3 as it comes with a 60gig hard drive, however if you wish to "import" your saved games from your PS2, you will need to buy an adapter. The PS3 has slots for Memory Stick, SD and Compact Flash, but surprisingly doesn't have a slot for PS2 memory cards.

Can you hook a keyboard and mouse up to the PS3 for net surfing (specificaly d/ling roster updates for certain games or roster mods)?

Any standard USB Keyboard and Mouse will work on a PS3, however if your downloading roster updates, a keyboard/mouse shouldn't be necessary as just about any sports game would have a Roster Update utility built in.

With that said though, any standard Keyboard and Mouse will indeed work. Any Blue Tooth headset will also work for voice chatting during games.

I think it was nice of Sony to not force you to buy proprietary Sony brand acessories.

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Any standard USB Keyboard and Mouse will work on a PS3, however if your downloading roster updates, a keyboard/mouse shouldn't be necessary as just about any sports game would have a Roster Update utility built in.

With that said though, any standard Keyboard and Mouse will indeed work. Any Blue Tooth headset will also work for voice chatting during games.

I think it was nice of Sony to not force you to buy proprietary Sony brand acessories.

I think he's talking about the college games, where the players are QB #7 rather than Chad Henne or RB #20 in place of Mike Hart to appease the NCAA.

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1717 is correct.

Zakk, thanks for the info, I should have read this post before heading out to BB last night. I bought the PS3 - but not the optical cable (I thought my current coaxial would work either with the PS3 or switch it with my DirecTV DVR - nope). So, I played the Motorstorm demo soundless last night.

Overall, I have not had enough time to evaluate the PS3 as I only played it for about 40 minutes after the 1 Hour set up. I d/led almost every demo though - so I am looking forward to that tonight.

I am gonna try a PS2 game or two on there as well.

Accessories on the list are a new keyboard/mouse for the PS3 (or for my PC) and a PS2 mem card connector. I have not played any BR movies yet - but I would assume the controller can handle the basics - correct?

One thing I can say about the PS3 - it seems that teh current software/firmware etc is just scratching the surface of what this thing can do.

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And Bestbuy just got alot of money from me... (But also I get a little back on rewards yayyyy...)

-Playstation 3

-Resistance Fall of Man

-Motorstorm

-The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

-The Prestige (BR)

-Casino Royal (BR)

-HMDI Cord

-Optical Cord

Now to print out the 5 free BR movies form and be on my way. Oh yeah and setting it all up... Rumor is from Tigercubb33 is that the system is really good! (He just needs the sound ;'P)

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1717 is correct.

Zakk, thanks for the info, I should have read this post before heading out to BB last night. I bought the PS3 - but not the optical cable (I thought my current coaxial would work either with the PS3 or switch it with my DirecTV DVR - nope). So, I played the Motorstorm demo soundless last night.

Overall, I have not had enough time to evaluate the PS3 as I only played it for about 40 minutes after the 1 Hour set up. I d/led almost every demo though - so I am looking forward to that tonight.

I am gonna try a PS2 game or two on there as well.

Accessories on the list are a new keyboard/mouse for the PS3 (or for my PC) and a PS2 mem card connector. I have not played any BR movies yet - but I would assume the controller can handle the basics - correct?

One thing I can say about the PS3 - it seems that teh current software/firmware etc is just scratching the surface of what this thing can do.

Si, the controller can handle the basics. This is one badd machine.

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And Bestbuy just got alot of money from me... (But also I get a little back on rewards yayyyy...)

-Playstation 3

-Resistance Fall of Man

-Motorstorm

-The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

-The Prestige (BR)

-Casino Royal (BR)

-HMDI Cord

-Optical Cord

Now to print out the 5 free BR movies form and be on my way. Oh yeah and setting it all up... Rumor is from Tigercubb33 is that the system is really good! (He just needs the sound ;'P)

Wow! You've got excellent taste in games. I have all 3 of those as well.

I purchased Resistance: Fall Of Man when I bought the system back in February. It's an outstanding FPS game. I love the weapons in the game, especially the Auger. There's a great variety of enemies in the game too, and the enemy AI is outstanding so the single player never gets boring.

Motorstorm is great too and is such a blast to play online!! The single player campaign in Motorstorm isn't the greatest, but it serves as a great tool to learn the tracks and work on your skills so you don't get blown away when you try to race online. The online racing in Motorstorm is absolutely amazing.

Elder Scrolls IV is outstanding as well. I see it as an RPG for people who don't normally like/play RPGs. The story and the world are so open-ended. I like how the other characters all have their own schedules and day to day lives that they live, it makes you feel like the world doesn't completely revolve around your character.

I'm surprised you didn't pick up a baseball game as well. I still only have MLB2k7 and haven't tried MLB07:The Show yet, although I want to. I wish Sony would put a demo for it online rather than just the tutorial/promo videos that they have.

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I've got some gift cards to pick up other games later. Figured those would be enough for now, (plus i've still got to finish FFXII). Played some of the Motorstorm last night online, and so far i'm 0-4, yessss. The first time I played though it froze right near the end, do you run into that much?

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And Bestbuy just got alot of money from me... (But also I get a little back on rewards yayyyy...)

-Playstation 3

-Resistance Fall of Man

-Motorstorm

-The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

-The Prestige (BR)

-Casino Royal (BR)

-HMDI Cord

-Optical Cord

Now to print out the 5 free BR movies form and be on my way. Oh yeah and setting it all up... Rumor is from Tigercubb33 is that the system is really good! (He just needs the sound ;'P)

Return the overpriced HDMI Cord and Optical Cord and go to http://www.monoprice.com to buy them. Depending on the length you need, you can get each cord for under $7 bucks.

Congrats on the PS3. :)

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