14 Things To Do With PlayStation 3 Besides Play Games

playstation_3_games.jpgLike its closest competitor in the console market, the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 is a powerful computer underneath it all. Like its more mundane, desk-bound counterparts, it’s capable of doing more than merely playing games — a fact that Sony has capitalized on by creating a number of uses for the system. Here’s a look at what the system is capable of as a part of your home entertainment setup.

1. Play Blu-ray movies.
This is still one of the biggest selling points for the console. The PS3′s even been updated to support playback of Blu-ray 3D movies.

2. Play DVDs, too.
The PS3 is billed as an HD device, but that doesn’t mean Sony forgot about the millions of people with large DVD collections. The system not only plays them all, but converts them to HD resolution as well.

3. Watch your video files.
PlayStation 3 has built-in support for most popular video formats, including MPEG, DivX and Xvid. Files in these formats can be played from its hard disk, USB flash drive and hard drive and from any computers connected to it via your home network.

4_edit_and_upload.jpg4. Edit and upload your videos.
The PS3′s video editor feature lets you edit videos stored on its internal hard drive, adding text and transitions. The finished products can be easily uploaded to Facebook and YouTube.

5. Watch Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and more.
Like the Xbox 360, the PS3 can stream video content from popular services like Netflix and Hulu Plus (with subscription). Sony’s console also supports Vudu, an alternative option featuring full-length movies and TV episodes for rent and sale.

6. Catch live sports.
The MLB.tv app for PS3 lets you watch live Major League Baseball games on the console, if you subscribe to the service. Recently, DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket programming was also made available to PS3 users.

view_photos.jpg7. View photos.
There are multiple ways to view your photos on the PS3, from a slide show in Photo Gallery to a more elaborate 3D presentation, courtesy of the newer PlayMemories app.

Randy Nelson
Randy Nelson
Randy Nelson has spent most of his waking life since the age of 5 playing video games and the last 14 years writing about them professionally. In the rare moment he’s not playing or writing about games, he can be found checking out the latest iOS apps, streaming inappropriate amounts of TV and movies, and obsessing over his home theater settings. Randy has written for Tecca, IGN, Next Generation, Official Dreamcast Magazine, PSM, and Joystiq. He also loves cats. You can follow him @DangerPenguin.
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  • http://profile.typepad.com/rosselliott Ross Elliott

    You missed run it over.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/d99928564356388621 A Facebook User

    I use it to watch youtube! How many of these 14 things can the xbox do? Answer that fanboys.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/matthewfleisher Matthew Fleisher

    I use mine to take over the world. — Brain

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jasonsanford Jason Sanford

    9 of the 14. I have always wondered why a MICROSOFT console wouldn’t have some form of IE included.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/haile1 Hai Le

    Granted, I chose the PS3 knowing full well its potential uses were far beyond the XBag 360. However, many of the features listed in this article are a disapointment.

    The browser sucks. It’s slow to start up and renders advanced CSS poorly.

    “Home” is a huge hog to download and run. Plus, it’s buggy. I don’t bother with it anymore.

    Youtube videos are shown in a small box instead of the entire screen and are some kind of low-rez, low-bandwidth conversion. No hi-def is acessible for vids that offer it.

    The DLNA that allows streaming of pics, music and video from other devices fails to work — a lot.

    It does not support the MKV format, an extremely popular way to store video. This is probably Sony’s way to resist pirated flicks.

    Can’t record game audio or any audio thru the SPDIF output. Again, their silly attempts to restrict, restrict, restrict.

    Sony forces you to download too many updates. At times, you wanna log on for 20 minutes of gaming, only to be forced to install the latest silly update that links up with some other silly Sony nonsense like PSP, PS Vita, mini-disc, and other junk you don’t need.

    The most annoying example of PS3 futility: you cannot change your account password within the PS3. You must use a real computer for certain account activities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.m.garrett Jonathan Matthew Garrett

    im trying to stream a live news feed but it wont play the video. the screen pops up but stays blank in the video screen. what do i need to watch any live news??? please help!!!

  • Robert

    I just purchased my first PS3 and I have to say that I’m disappointed with the lack of other things it will do. I’ve been building HTPC’s for 15 years and really expected more out of the PS3. Sony has terminated it’s Life with Playstation feature, when they should have spent time improving it (btw, the Folding@Home project is so old that I didn’t even realize it still existed.) The internet browser is really bad and you’d be much better simply hooking up your PC using a HDMI cable. Even the games are disappointing, because so many are reissues of older games, and the brand, spanking new games look about 10 years old. Oh, and I couldn’t care less about “trophies” and find it an odd concept that anyone would.

    The best thing it has going for it is all the movie apps, which can be found on many less expensive systems that don’t come with a blue-ray player. For Sony’s sake, I hope the PS4 is much better, because I’d be willing to bet that the latest XBOX is.