Apple tv or ps3 which is better

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MikaelSmoot, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. MikaelSmoot macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    I have a ps3 but thinkin of getting an apple tv

    whats your guys opinions

    which is better, which one do you think has the ;ongest lifespan, better investment
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  3. hippo206 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2007
    They are completely different and would be impossible to rate. Usually, when you compare something, they have similar function and you rate the pro's and con's.

    A apple TV = media center
    PS3 = gaming console

    Yes, the PS3 can do some media stuff, but if you buy a PS3 specifically for it being a media center.. then well... :confused:
  4. BG-Mac macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Do what I did and buy both.. :D

    But seriously they serve completely different purposes. The PS3 is a great machine and the ATV leaves a little bit to be desired. I have a feeling the next ATV release will be the ATV that we've all been waiting for. So if you can only buy one and want it now, go with the PS3. But, if you want both, I'd buy the PS3 now and wait for the next ATV. Just my 2 cents.. :)
  5. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Both of these can serve as media centers so the question isn't crazy. I would go with a PS3 personally. Popping in a blu-ray movie is a lot more simple with better quality than anything the Apple Tv will offer you. The Apple TV has more rental features though and if you are accustomed to converting your films to 1's and 0's then an Apple Tv will probably offer a smoother experience. The PS3 if you spend the time to configure everything will do everything the Apple TV does but more, just not as nice a GUI though.
  6. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    If boxee can run on the PS3, then it's a slam dunk: media center, blue-ray, gaming console. Wow.

    I have AppleTV, and run boxee on it. Absolutely love it, although I feel it a bit underpowered sometimes, especially when I'm watching a DivX movie and downloading a torrent in the background at the same time.
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i agree here. i have a ps3, and am waiting on the next atv
  8. MikaelSmoot thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    so how do u convert ur dvds so they work with ps3 and atv
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    with an app called Handbrake
  10. asme macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    Ever since I got a PS3 I stopped using my Apple TV for anything.

    Except movie rentals, but Blockbuster is cheaper when you have the time. You can't put a price on convenience, though.
  11. MikaelSmoot thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    Yea i use hadbrake but i meant what resolutions and bitrates, is the ps3 preset best for ps3 and apple tv.

    Yeah the ps3 has me kind of thinking,

    u can upgrade the hdd ur self, playback all kinds of video files, plus blu-ray, dvd, and games,

    has internet and i hear you can get hulu through its browser what netflix through the browser
  12. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    Few things to think about though.

    1. Streaming mp4/m4v will be a headache on the PS3 - I just spent a day working on different encoded videos with no success.
    2. No pretty cover art or info for the movie on the PS3
    3. To stream you will need a 3rd party software.
  13. mohanman macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    My questions for ps3 users?

    1) does it support cover art for movies?
    2) how do you control it? With your gamepad? or do you have an IR remote ?
    (I can't imagine the gamepad goes well with the ladies)
    3) Is the menu system easy to manuver?
    4) What are you using to get this done? I tried various programs, but I cant get any of them to work on my mac.. no cover art either

  14. MikaelSmoot thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    on the ps3 theres no info or cover art unless u purchase it from the ps3 store,

    u can add your own mps or avis to the ps3s hdd

    u can use the game pad or the ps3 bluetooth remote
  15. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    pretty much. if you have a PC you can stream from 'Media Center' but... idk IMO the ATV (if you install Boxee) is the winner by far.

    i think to date, boxee is the best (free) application for home theatre. and since you can install it on the ATV.... what could be better?

    i know i know... some love Plex.
  16. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I use a ps3 for playing media back. I've always ripped DVD's and used handbrake to convert them to the appleTV preset. Then they are compatible with ps3, ATV, xbox 360. Pretty universal. Rather than streaming, I have a 160 gb FAT32 portable drive that I keep everything on in folders. Its organized and easy to find whatever I want. And I don't need to worry about my laptop going to sleep or using streaming software.

    However, if you do want to stream from your mac, I would suggest Rivet. It will stream to the ps3 and xbox 360 at the same time. And it runs in the menubar so its out of sight.
  17. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I have an :apple:TV, and since I have a Samsung BluRay player that streams Netflix and Pandora I haven't touched the :apple:TV.
  18. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    I'm sure i saw cover art on FW 2.7 when browsing some PSP movies served through Twonky running on my NAS. But i can not remember seeing it before.
  19. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    i don't blame ya haha - but keep in mind you payed a good amount for the blue ray player, and a good amount for blue ray discs, and you are paying per month for netflix (even if it is watch instantly).

    the OP could use the mac mini and watch hulu - along with other very very popular shows on comedy central for FREE

    that's what i do :)

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