PS3 DVD player & Blu-Ray review

Mike Matei / February 20th, 2010

I’ve been really liking the DVD player on the PS3, but as soon as I tried some Blu-Ray’s, I had some issues. They’re mostly all solved now, but I just wanted to relay my experience. Aside from that, it all works fine and I’m also aware that the PS3’s main function is playing video games.

The rest of this week will be interesting. I’m going to take you back to the past to look at different obsolete video formats.

UPDATE: I got a BluRay remote. It is SO MUCH EASIER to use than the PS3 controller. I don’t even know why I bothered. Also, I’ve played many PS3 games since. Consider this video very out of date.


  • jason24589

    April 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I have a PSP 3000. The format to watch movies instead to put it on Memory Stick is UMD movie. It has a region lock (except for UMD game so Japanese games will work on North American PSP)

  • Hastur

    April 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I do not believe for an instant that as of Feb 20th 2010 you had not used PS3 as a gaming system…shame on you.

    • Bludman2

      October 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

      He was probably using the Xbox 360 or previous consoles up until that point.

    • DJ

      January 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Or maybe he’s considering it a blu ray player I know it plays games but still I mean he’ll I’ve started watching DVDs on my 360 and on my blu ray player

  • duzk_7398

    April 11, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Best game for PS3 would be MGS4 (Metal Gear) =O

    • Bludman2

      October 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

      Which is surprising considering it is probably the worst Metal Gear

      • July 27, 2014 at 12:14 am

        It’s the worst only CUZ u can buy ammo unlike the others where everyone likes where u can find it on ur own I mean it’s still good and the story followed up but the the point of the game was ruined trying to be a survival combat

  • Ty

    April 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I had a problem with my ps3’s RCA plugs. They wouldnt give me a picture at all. I do have the HDMI cable but I was going to use the plugs on an older tv.

  • Brutal

    May 5, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Im guessing that your first ps3 was a 60gb version. I’ve heard that those are very easy to break. I find that HDMI is visible when you play video games. Uncharted 2 looks sweet when your using HDMI.

  • May 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I just saw Inglourious Basterds on Blu-Ray, and it looked and sounded absolutely amazing! When I first saw this video, I was surprised you bought the movie in spite of some of the gripes you mentioned like the film’s running time. I’m sure it’s because that Tarantino’s movies tend to get better with repeat viewings.

    I also saw District 9 on Blu-Ray and again looked and sounded great! I can see why you loved this movie and I agree. It’s definitely an instant sci-fi classic in terms of both story and acting just like both the original Star Wars and Matrix movies!

  • Sojiro Seta

    May 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I understand you perfectly, man! I’m planing to buy a PS3 and it’s mainly for the blueray and DVD players. I do find it handy to play PS games… I’ve always wanted to buy and play the Rurouni Kenshin games… but I’m a Nintendo boy… I won’t be playing a lot of PS shit on it…

    I found your review extremely useful!! Do you know if the thing reads all the PS and PS2 games?? Cheers, mate!

    Keep the cool hard work!

  • oldsnake652

    May 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I can’t believe that you havent play any PS3 game yet!!!………….Are you crazy or what!?…….stop wasting money on blu-ray movies and start buying PS3 games!……try Demon’s Souls!, this game will make your balls go up to your throat! (believe me!), it’s that good and it’s so fucking hard too!!!….you should do an AVGN video of this game……..its gonna make you angry, trust me!

    Anyway……….greetings from Chile!(yeah thats rigtht!…Chile!….your stupids videos have reach this far already), waiting for more AVGN videos (i laugh a lot)


  • Masamune7vii

    June 2, 2010 at 1:21 am

    hahaha why would you own a ps3 in the first place? its only got like 2 exclusive titels. and is too expensive for an entertainment center. and i would only sugest blu ray on a 1080p , 120Hz TV but some people dont like that motionflow/truemotion that the 120Hz gives you. BUT I DO. and think very highly of it. anyway blu ray players are expensive aswell, but a $120 insignia BR player would serve you a lot better than a PS3 that you arent using for gamming, besides thats what the Xbox 360 is for ;D



  • ReikaiDemon

    July 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    James, your PS3 died because you used a fan on it, and you didn’t put it in a well ventilated area. Never use third party fan accessories, they cause more damage that if you never used them. 2/3’s of the seventh gen machines require a lot more care due to their complexity.

  • kraaatos

    July 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    hey James add me in your ps3 my username is the47man

  • Fantasy Forest

    July 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    You showed my favorite scene from Fistful of Dollars. 🙂

    Also, I had the same problems with the PS3 controller as far as pause, fast forward, etc…I wish they had left it alone.

  • venom 51007

    August 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    u know u can play PS2 games on it Cause i remember watching one of your AVGN vids and u said something about how it would be weird if u could play Xbox games on the PS3 (Which would be awesome.)

  • venom 51007

    August 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    U SHOULD DO A REVIEW OF MONSTER JAM MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION BECAUSE THAT GAME IS AWFUL AND I MEAN AWFUL REALLY REALLY AWFUL its rated T for TEEN i mean come on why’d they have to do that… i’ll tell u what i mean problem 1 the trucks blow up each time they die i hated that because that is just violent problem 2 for the mini games the freestyle is just awful the camera shifts angles on its own and it doesn’t give the number of points that u have to beat.problem 3 lava island is too small its so small u have to move carefully or else u die and the lava kills u to and one of the trucks has spike tires that is completely unfair. problem 4 whenever u wanna test the truck out that u pick the camera goes to the side instead of seeing the back of the truck! here are the good things. GOOD thing one u have a canyon race which is pretty cool GOOD thing 2 u have the tournament race which is fine but the stuff the u bump into slows u down and its hard to make a turn each time u jump the mud pit GOOD thing three which should be bad u have a choice of weapons in the game (which i still think is violent) GOOD thing 4 u can make your truck stronger and faster. GOOD thing 5 u have a large choice of the old classic monster trucks. good thing we have monster jam urban assault otherwise we’de be crying our eyes out still and crapping on this game for the piece of **** it is not saying monster jam was bad but urban assault kicks *** they should’ve put AC/DC music in there then it would be really bad*** anyway please do a review for MJMD for AVGN please so that way we can get people to throw this ****game out the window and into a garbage can…CAUSE IT SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Flannery

    August 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    If you change the ps3 upscaler to full instead of normal it will stretch the image across the screen it will still be really thin compaired to anamorphic dvds. At least this worked for A New Hope when I was watching it on my ps3 slim. Your results may vary and you may need to update your ps3 to have the upscaler go to full instead of just normal. I bought the remote and it works great. Its like holding a xbox 360 power brick in your hands to watch a movie though. As for Blu Ray vs. DVD. I dont have a prefrence. I think that the Blu Rays look a bit better than DVDs on my 1080i 15in lCD tv but I really have to look up close. I only have two Blu Rays right now, The Patriot and The Karatie Kid(orginal). I will experiment DVD vs. Blu Ray in depth however when the Star Wars saga is released in fall next year. Im courious to see the results of the Star Wars Blu Rays vs the normal DVD versions. Should be interesting.

  • Costilla1212

    August 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Fuck ps3

  • PeoplePlayGames

    September 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I think you can use that triangle menu to fill the screen instead of zooming.

  • venom 51007

    September 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I like the ps3 more because on my ps2 whenever i played a movie on it it stops halfway through cause i was watching my predator movie and it stopped right where the predator clawed hawkins in the face with his wrist blades and now the ps3 doesn’t stop it playes the whole movie.

  • ejp022791

    September 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I’ve found that the PS3 plays Avatar on Bluray flawlessly. We all know about Avatar not playing on like 90% of Bluray players. I’m guessing it’s because PS3 automatically updates firmware. So PS3 is probably overall the best Bluray player. Anyway James, buy Metal Gear Solid 4.

  • rronak95

    January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    james! but metal gear solid 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SpeedyEric

    April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve had my PS3 since November of 2009, and it’s at this time that I’ll start saving money to get myself an HDTV and an HDMI cable. I have a friend at work who told me his experience on playing DVDs on his PS3, and he had the same experience of picture quality as you did.

  • STF1697

    April 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    i had the same problem with my first ps3. well andmy 2nd 3rd and 4th hopefully not ps3 number 5

  • Vallinen

    May 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    You know, you can put your controllers to turn themself of after 10 mins, so they save power ^^

    Also! You should try PS3 Media server! Its awesome!

  • cgholds

    May 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

    You can tell this video is old, because the blu-rays are awesome now. I seriously play my ps3 slim on my sony bravia and oh wow the hi-def is awesome

  • bullshit

    June 21, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I laughed SO hard when you said you haven’t played a game on it yet.

  • GodjiraPWNSJPN

    August 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I recommend INFAMOUS and GOD OF WAR. They kicked my ass.

  • August 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I have to admit, I’m somewhat astounded that a movie buff and gamer such as yourself has been living with RCA composite for so long. The difference between composite and RGB or Component really is astounding for both.
    At least as much, if not more, significant than the jump to HD resolutions.
    The biggest improvement, most noticeable on menus or in games, is the reduction in colour bleeding. You’ll get more vivid colours and a sharper, cleaning image.

    Unfortunately, the US seemed to skip out on certain connection upgrades… well, there was S-Video, but the improvement was rather minor compared to RGB.
    Being in Europe, we had the SCART cable system that started becoming standard on all TVs from the mid-90’s and was capable of displaying an RGB signal.
    Not true component as we think of it now, with 3 RCA cables for the Red, Green and Blue signals, but the 21-pin SCART connector did have 3 pins dedicated to each colour.
    So it was component, but without the capacity for Progressive Scan.

    As such, pretty much every single DVD player and TV here was ready to display component right out of the box.
    Heck, the PAL Sega Saturn even came with an RGB Scart as standard, though RCA Composite is still the industry standard of in-the-box equipment.
    As for gaming though, even the SNES and Mega-Drive here were compatible with an RGB Scart for a wonderfully clear 16-bit image.

    Its a shame that PAL games were generally inferior to their NTSC counterparts and that the US consoles typically don’t have that capability prior to the PS2/GCN/Xbox.
    It would have been a nice step up in quality for your AVGN vids for the fairly cheap cost of a few cables.

    Anyway, too much typing, lol.
    I’m glad you’re finally enjoying the benefits that HDMI can deliver over composite. =)

  • Paulmeister

    September 14, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Blue-Ray is a waste of money unless you have a very big TV (65+”). DVD looks fine on my 61″ Samsung DLP. Lucas should be hog-tied and drug through the street for not releasing a proper DVD set of the ORIGINAL trilogy. My roommate thinks Star Wars is over-hyped and that the movies themselves are not that good by modern standards. He is also very stupid and has wildly inconsistent taste. PS3 is an OK system. The controller is cumbersome for FPSs, but you get used to it and it can add to the tension (Dead Space 2). For Action/Adventure games it works pretty well (Uncharted Series). A lot of new games play more like interactive films than traditional video games. I think that is interesting how a strong plot and character interaction is a major selling point now, but it is expected that games are naturally attempting to evolve into interactive cinema, as watching a movie for many is like imagining you are there and what you would do in the situation. Modern gaming is a way to achieve this.

    Keep up the good work, James. Let me know if you are ever in the DFW area!

  • MattyPerron

    September 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    hey I think I’ve got the same TV.

  • exploda

    October 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    funny thing is I don’t own any PS3 games I just borrowed a bunch from my friend. i did own final fantasy 13 but i hated it and let my friend keep it

  • DonSkiver

    November 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I’m still pissed that HD DVD lost the format war. I was so excited about HD DVD because there wasn’t any FUCKING REGION CODING.

  • 64xgamer

    January 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Try Sonic Generations. I’m sure it will appeal to a classic gamer like you!

  • Nanofuture

    February 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    “I’m also aware that the PS3’s main function is playing video games”I’m not so sure about that. It seems like it’s main purpose was to promote Blu-Ray, a format that Sony was heavily invested in. Don’t get me wrong, it has great games, but it was also a Trojan horse to get Blu-Ray players into people’s homes.

  • Moondog

    June 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    yeah it bugged me too that blurays didn’t use X to play/pause, but i’m sure they rectified this in a recent firmware update 😉

  • Smeghead420

    July 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Nice review James. Glad to see everyone who isn’t up on Sony’s baby could get easily confused. Really, this was a thoughtful video for everyone who doesn’t have one (PS3 or BlueRay player).

  • batratspidercrab

    August 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    SNES > PS3/Xbox360

  • November 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I have some suggestions on what games you should try on the PS3 system.

    Kingdom Hearts HD ReMIX games, including the upcomming 2.5 ReMIX, some Final Fantasy PS3 games, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED 1 & 2.

  • DJ

    December 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I have a blu ray in my upstairs media room and whenever I watch standard DVDs the widescreen letterbox does the same thing when I wanna watch a DVD on my 360 it doesn’t have that problem

  • September 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The thing I ever lavfed about wean it comes to DVDs and Blu-rays was wane I wound get one form Blockbuster and they put an please rewind label on it. The disk itself has no moving parts so there’s nothing to rewind.

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