Originally Posted by dylanneild
That's pretty cool, but no IR receiver means it won't work with universal remotes, including the much loved Harmony series.
If you have a Harmony that uses RF, you can already point it anywhere and have it work courtesy of the IR/RF repeaters - just not with the PS3. There is that workaround using the PS2->USB adapter and the PS2 IR receiver from the original PS2 DVD remote, but that's pretty ugly.
Hopefully Sony (or some industrious third party) will release a cheap little "knub" USB plug (like the aforementioned PS2 IR receiving knub for original PS2 consoles) to add full time, non-ugly IR reception to the PS3.
Of course, if Sony isn't totally retarded they'll add a built in one to a revision of the PS3 (like they did with PS2).
I love the Harmony remotes (I got two - a 550 and a 880), but in my main HT, I have an awkward setup. The TV is on a blanj wall with nothing around it except the speakers, all cabling is hidden behind the drywall. My equipment is right angle to that on a rack between all the movies on cabinets --- that's 90 degrees to the TV.
This means that when I start an activity like : [Watch HD-DVD], I have to be careful with the angle I point it. 3/4 times, it will work correctly, but when it dosn't, one of the devices didn't get the IR signal because I pointed it at the wrong angle or I moved the the player just so that it now didn't work.
The Activity button in the harmony is one of the coolest features in there.
Longer term, what I prefer is for all the CE devices to move to some form of RF (bluetooth or not is immaterial). Harmony has a 890 version that supports RF, but as I don't have any device that takes RF, I didn't get that.
Now, if Harmony has a bluetooth compatible RF version, I would buy that immediately.
To answer the thread. I never thought I'd say it, but the PS3 looks better than my samsung. It drives my plasma via HDMI, even supports 1080P on my LCD, has photo slideshows more advanced than the samsung, web browser.
I am now debating whether to keep my panasonic.
One thing for the panasonic --- it is compatible with many authored BD-RE disks. BDAV or BDMV, MPEG2 or AVC. The only thing it can't handle is 25fps materials --- the screen shows up black, but chapter advance works. 24P or 60i mpeg2 or AVC all work.
The PS3 paradoxically will handle BDMV content only if the disk is a DVD/R (not BD-RE) with AVC --- it thinks it is an AVCHD disk. It will also only work if the title is 30p or 60i, it seems to play any 24P materials I threw at it. And it plays a lot of files if the headers are fixed. They need more firmware upgrades for BDAV and BDMV (on BD-RE) to the same extent as the panasonic and samsung players handle it.