Thursday, 18 December 2008
BBC iPlayer now officially working on PS3!

After discovering that Joost works on the PS3 browser I then decided to to see if the BBC iPlayer worked in the same way and it did! The BBC iPlayer web site now detects if you have a Playstation 3 and then serves up a smaller vision of the site for the PS3. It even tells you to press the right controller in to maximise the content you are watching. I must say there were a lot less complications with it than there was with Joost, probably because the BBC kept it simple, simple works for me it means less goes wrong.

Now I know the iPlayer has been working on the Wii for a while now but its nice to see it working on the PS3 as its the only console I usually keep plugged in because it plays my Blu Ray discs, DVD's and is a lot better at playing streamed content from my Windows Media Centre PC better than my Xbox 360!

You can also see past episodes of Hero's on the iPlayer now BTW.

posted on Thursday, 18 December 2008 14:49:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Wednesday, 09 April 2008
BBC iPlayer for the Wii

Many of you have been wishing for it and now it has finally arrived! The BBC have released a version of the iPlayer for the Wii!

I've just tried it out on my Wii console by going to the URL www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer (using the browser on my Wii) and selecting the 6 o'clock news and within a few seconds I had the 6 o'clock news streaming through my Wii console. The only problem is, is that you have to move the browser around a bit until you can get the video to take up the full screen. It would have been nice if they had released a full screen button for the Wii version of iPlayer like they do on the Windows version.

 

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posted on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 21:42:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Saturday, 19 January 2008
EzVision Video eyewear - the future of personal entertainment

ezVision Okay the title is a bit cheesy and I apologise for that, but the EzVision is sooo cool! I had seen one of these for sale ages ago and then when my wife left a Christmas catalogue from I want One of Those with the convenient little tabs you could use to mark what you liked (so Santa might buy it for you) on the coffee table. I made sure that this gadget was at the top of my wish list!

On Christmas day the first thing this little gadget was plugged into was my iPod video. I thought it would have plugged into the socket I used for syncing my iPod with my PC but it actually goes into the same socket as the headphones. The EzVision comes with its own headphones connected to the eyewear. The first thing I was expecting when I put these on was to feel as though I was right in front of a large 52inch TV screen or as if I was actually in the movie I was watching. Well its not quite like that, when the box it comes in says a 52inch screen its actually feels more like sitting near the back in a cinema and watching a large screen. At times you almost expect people to be getting up or arriving late to take their cinema seats.

The other thing I like about the EzVision is it just looks so cool, several times I've been tempted to rush outside with them on and say "Quick! What year is it?!"

Not just for your iPod

ezVisionConnectorIts important to note that the EzVision is not just for your iPod it also comes with a connector that will allow it to connect to any device with an RGB or composite video output. What this means is you can connect it to an Xbox, Playstation and Wii console. Yes you heard that right you can connect this to a Wii console. "But doesn't the Wii remote need to see the TV screen?" I hear you say. No actually, if you are playing games such as Wii Tennis it works just fine and I found it was even more fun playing it this way than it was on the TV screen! Just remember than when you are trying to select menu options on the screen before a game you need to be facing the Wii sensor that is usually located on your TV. Other devices this little gadget will connect to is your Sky box if you have a scart to RGB converter, these usually come with a PS2 or you can pick them up for a couple of quid from Maplin. You can can also connect it to your PC if it has a video output socket!

posted on Saturday, 19 January 2008 13:54:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Wednesday, 05 September 2007
Eat your heart out Sony and MS

It looks as though Nintendo have taken the world by storm with their latest sales figures, the Wii sold 1 million units in just 38 weeks in the UK! This is faster than any other console in history and dwarfs the sales figures of both the XBox 360 and the PS3 put together in the same time frame.

I suppose the irony of the situation is that the Wii console isn't as packed with technology as the Xbox 360 and PS3, however it is the cheaper of the 2 and its a hell of a lot of fun! The console makes game play simple and that's probably something Sony and Microsoft overlooked. Both firms were so set on packing as much technology into their consoles, they probably didn't even realise Nintendo watching them and saying "Hey we don't need lots of technology to make games fun". Nintendo were right and the gamble paid of. It will take a little while but I'm pretty sure Sony and Microsoft will be looking at how they can copy the Wii way of gaming. There are so many games I have on my PS2 that I have bought again when they have been released for the Wii console (such as Splinter Cell) why? Because its so much fun playing games with the Wii remote.

posted on Wednesday, 05 September 2007 18:55:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Saturday, 09 June 2007
Joost again

Okay I will admit I have become one of those "yuppies" who go on about Joost. I just had an excellent thought about it, why don't they come up with a version of Joost for the Wii console? Wouldn't that be great? I can already watch YouTube videos from my Wii console why not get Joost sorted on a Java applet?

posted on Saturday, 09 June 2007 10:59:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Tuesday, 20 March 2007
PS3 or XBOX 360?

I am a huge fan of the Playstation ever since I got my Playstation 2 I have had hours of entertainment playing games on this console. However I noticed after a while I was buying PS2 games played them once or twice and then they stayed on the shelf collecting dust. Playing games started to become a bit of a task they weren't the type of games you used to play on the old Atari consoles where you could have a quick game of pong or space invaders. Each game has an intro and loads a bit like a movie its a great experience for those ultimate games but it gets a bit annoying each time you load the game. But none the less I still loved the console it provided a great Karaoke machine and it was my first DVD player (a darn cheap one at the time). My natural thought was to go onto the PS3 when it came out over Christmas 2006, but then it didn't turn up in the UK. The only console available was the Wii, I had heard little about the console until I started seeing people playing on it on TV and in shops, what a cool idea! Why hadn't anyone else thought of a such a cool way to play computer games. The Wii was a great console for playing fun games and it had made me forget about getting my hands on the PS3 it was a console that allowed all your friends to join in your games instead of waiting one at a time and then trying to figure out all the different combo's.

Now that I have a Wii console I want a more serious console for playing serious games and when I looked at the XBox 360 I was amazed by the game Gears of War there was nothing that seemed close to it on either of the other consoles and I am considering buying the console just because of the game. Also the fact that the PS3 will cost £429 from Amazon and the XBOX 360 is £269 and I have heard a rumor that the XBOX 360 may come down by £50-£80 in price when the PS3 launches. I am wondering who will pay £429 for a games console you can buy a plasma TV for that price in some places.  So what game will convince me to buy the PS3 or shell out so much cash, the truth is there isn't on at the moment and the console is much to expensive. I just hope Sony hasn't overstretched itself a bit too much trying to bring out the PS3 which could probably make or break Sony as the leader in the games console market. 

posted on Tuesday, 20 March 2007 22:22:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]