By bassman2112 5 Comments
I'm a fairly frugal person, but this Holiday season I decided to go against my nature and spend a little of my hard-earned cash on Boxing Day sales.
I purchased a new PS3 Slim to take the place of my PS3 fat that's on its way out (and is also across the continent while I'm back home from school) and figured, "well, the Playstation TV is on sale and I could use a new personal gaming monitor... Also, it could be cool to experience 3D gaming." With that, I bit the bullet and purchased one on sale for $299.
First off, I'd like to say the PS3 slims are amazing! Quieter than my fat ever was and extremely light, making it easy to transport - I'll probably take it back to school with me, as I'm almost certain the old one is going to explode within the year. (I'll miss that PS2 backwards compatibility, though...) I highly recommend the PS3 slim if you guys are ever in the market for a new console, I played it for 5 hours straight between watching a film and playing Rayman: Origins, and the thing stayed nigh silent the whole time and kept itself very cool.
Anyways, the TV - I'll try to keep this short so you aren't facing a wall of text
My initial thought upon opening the box was how sleek Sony has gotten with their packaging. Everything fits together really tidily and looks appealing upon first opening. It is a subtle touch, but one that's very appreciated. Everything that is included seems to be of very high quality. The stand feels sturdy, the HDMI cable doesn't feel flimsy like most stock connection cables and the 3D glasses seem like they can take a beating.
The screen itself isn't extremely large, it is 24" - a fair size but definitely not meant to be the main screen in your living room. It works remarkably well on a desk, and does a superb job doubling as a PC monitor. The contrast between lights and darks on the Playstation TV is some of the best I've ever seen, regardless of the size of the screen. The whites are bright and the darks don't have that blueish tinge that is notable with lower quality screens.
The connections are simple, the TV has 2 HDMI ins and one Component in. I'm using the HDMI cable provided and running the sound from the back of the TV to a small set of speakers and subwoofer via the 1/8th inch stereo out. I have yet to encounter any issues with connections (they all feel as though the components are strong and not likely to weaken over time) but will update if that changes.
There is one issue you should be aware of if you plan to use the Playstation TV as an actual TV, though. It does not come with a remote control. This is fine for me as I'm using it more as a monitor, but if you require a remote control you should be able to use the Playstation remote, or any universal remote.
Now... 3D Gaming.
I'd never experienced an active 3D system before. I'd previously used those great old red/blue 3D glasses, as well as the more recent RealD glasses that most modern movie theatres employ, and have never been a fan. Maybe you'll think it was a bad idea for someone who has a predisposition against 3D to purchase a 3D TV, but as I'm making my way into the gaming industry (I'm a composer and studio/sound engineer) I figured I should know as much about what innovations are happening in gaming as possible.
I like 3D gaming.
I really like 3D gaming.
This realization totally caught me off guard. My first experience with 3D gaming was with Wipeout HD. I first played a few rounds in standard 2D, and then moved to 3D. There were a few things that I noticed almost immediately: the HUD pops out at you and the sense of speed is much more dramatic. I really enjoy the HUD aspect. For some reason I'd forever associated HUDs as just being a part of a screen, but when it pops out at you you truly get a different perspective on the entire game you're playing. I actually prefer it.
I haven't had any problems using the glasses, either. Sometimes you can notice the flickering if you look at another screen (cell phones, et cetera) but overall their active nature isn't too noticeable. It does wash out the colors a bit, but it isn't extremely dramatic. I also have yet to encounter any issues with becoming dizzy with the 3D, even after 2 hours of play.
I haven't tried any other games with 3D yet, but I do own Uncharted 3 and will be playing that on Friday - I'll update with my thoughts on that after playing. I will also update with my thoughts on SimulView (2 players seeing different images on the same screen) technology when my best friend and I play with that a bit.
My thoughts on the Playstation TV are extremely positive after having used it for 3 days now. I recommend it wholeheartedly for anyone who is looking for a very high quality experience for an extremely reasonable price-point (especially on sale).