mac mini vs ps3

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jerryskid, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. jerryskid macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    I've been for the longest time thinking about getting a mini for a htpc but have a friend who has a ps3 he downloads movies to and loves it. any thoughts on using a ps3 for a htpc. i already have a computer that i could use for everyday stuff. any input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...a PS3 will "game" better than a mini if you can get it to do what you want with the streaming TV:eek:
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You can't compare gaming console and computer... PS3 is great for gaming and Blu-Ray movies but it isn't a computer. Its browser is sooooooooo slow and you can't use it as a computer.

    If you want to play games go for PS3 but if you need a computer go for Mac
  4. itommyboy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Titletown USA
    Check out Orb - free media syncing/streaming service. Run everything on your computer (media that is) to your PS3. Of course if you want it to find itunes movies you have to be a bit more "creative". :)
  5. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    The mini will play more varied formats natively (MKV files for example, which you'll have to convert before playing on the PS3) but you get the advantage of a Blu-Ray player with the PS3 (presuming you're outputting to a HD source of course?). I currently use my PC to stream HD movies to the PS3, but of course if you're going to do that you need a PC or Mac and suitable software as well. I think you need to decide which you'll get the most out of.
  6. Robby9279 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    Just a little note for something to think about..

    The Mac Mini is $600 (baseline), you still need to add a monitor, mouse and keyboard- you'll end up spending $800 or maybe $900 on being able to use the mac mini. So in a sense, the Mini is going to cost you more than the PS3.

    Just something to think about.
  7. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    PS3s have built in displays now, do they? He'd need a display for the PS3 as well, and if it's, say, 5 years old or less, the Mac should run on it.
  8. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    You can use it as a computer. The PS3 allows the install (legally) of PPC based linux distributions like PPC Ubuntu or YDL (YellowDogLinux). All you need is a mouse and a keyboard.
  9. AluminumMB macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
  10. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    and time ! linux on a PS3 is like running it on an 800MHz pentium 4 according to benchmarks. that would SUCK
  11. trevpimp macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2009
    Inside A Mac Box
    Definitely get the Mac mini, A PS3 is just a video game. Of course the browser isnt going to be as good. The Blue-Ray player is good, if you want or need it.

    The Mac Mini can do a lot of things. :apple:
  12. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Except play HD current gen video games and Blu-Ray movies. I have macs on my TV and I gotta tell you, my PS3 gets a lot more use.
  13. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Since you indicated that you want one for HTPC purposes then you need to decide on what exactly do you want to play.
    Blu Ray discs
    DVD discs
    media files

    PS3 plays blu ray discs, dvd discs and does it very well. When it comes to files you have some very clear limitations. Files local to the PS3 can have size limitations and if you stream movies, PS3 definitely wont play m2ts files that are VC-1 encoded.

    Mac Mini with software such as Plex can play a larger variety of files including the m2ts vc-1 files whether they are local or streamed in. The draw back is no blu ray unless you buy an external one and archive your movies to a drive. Much of the archiving process requires Windows and at least softwares such as - AnyDVD HD ($), TSMuxer (free), Eac3to (free).

    I own a PS3, and archive my files onto a NAS and stream. My VC-1 encoded blu ray discs while archived, I have to resort to the original discs. I don't buy into converting them as they lose quality. The PS3 playing discs can however play the various HD audio if hooked up to a reciever. Plex as example may handle only DTS and Dolby 5.1 etc.

    I'll eventually get either a Mac Mini 2.26 and add ram and a faster drive. As pointed out it can start adding up in cost. The alternative is building a speedy little htpc and using XMBC with Linux which can exploit the GPU.

    I recommend you take a look at both the XMBC forums and the Plex forums.
    As well, PowerDVD and all that stuff is a real PITA for playback.

    Good luck

    - Phrehdd

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