[ubuntu-uk] Wireless Networking question: Ps3 or Xbox 360

HippyChick hippychick at digitaloctave.com
Tue Jun 9 00:11:49 BST 2009

Our PS3 is using upnp, it seems to play most things, and our server is
transcoding on the fly for those that dont using mediatomb, we are still
musing over the thought of putting ubuntu on the PS3 but heard it doesnt
make full use of the cores so if anyone can confirm that, that would be
great :)


On Tue, 2009-06-09 at 00:00 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:
> William Anderson wrote:
> > Rob Beard wrote:
> >   
> >> javadayaz wrote:
> >>     
> >>> I mean primarily to view stuff/media thats stored on the ubuntu pc! 
> >>> sorry should have made that a bit clearer
> >>>       
> >> Yeah no problem.
> >>
> >> Well I don't have either console (I have an original XBOX, PS2 and 
> >> Wii).  I know the PS3 has Linux support and I'm pretty certain there is 
> >> a version of Ubuntu available (if I'm right it's the PowerPC version 
> >> that runs on the PS3) so you could run your media that way with 
> >> something like MythTV.  I'm not sure if the default operating system on 
> >>     
> >
> > that's not really an easy way to do things :)
> >
> >   
> >> the PS3 (XMB is it?) can connect to Samba shares but I believe it does 
> >> support uPNP which I understand there are servers available for this on 
> >> Ubuntu, I've also read it supports Divx video files.
> >>     
> >
> > No, neither the PS3 or Xbox 360 can connect to smb shares.
> >
> >   
> >> With regards to the XBOX 360, I really don't know.  I know it can 
> >> connect to a Windows machine which is running Windows Media Centre and 
> >> play stuff from that, and I would assume it can play WMA/WMV files 
> >> (being Microsoft format files) but as far as connecting to a Samba share 
> >> or uPNP server I just don't know.  Doing a quick Google search pointed 
> >> to a post about someone running Windows XP Media Centre edition in 
> >> something like VirtualBox.
> >>     
> >
> > That's overkill, and expensive.  Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 can connect
> > to any OS's or device's uPnP server to grab media from, e.g. XBMC/Plex,
> > Connect360, TVersity, FUPPES, ushare, MediaTomb, etc.  If your uPnP
> > server can transcode unsupported media, all the better (e.g. the 360
> > won't be able to play things like mkv without some assistance), but both
> > can do the basics.  For the fastest working system, but least out the
> > box features, you can at least apt-get install ushare :)
> >
> >   
> I thought running through Virtualbox might be a bit overkill.  As I 
> mentioned, I don't have a PS3 or XBOX360 and I haven't used either 
> (although I am looking at getting an XBOX 360 Premium system in the near 
> future).
> > So to answer the OP's question, both are pretty amenable to streaming
> > media from an Ubuntu box, dependent on your choice of uPnP source.  The
> > PS3 has WiFi built in, you'll need to purchase an Xbox 360 Wireless
> > Adapter (retail cost £59.99), e.g. http://tinyurl.com/ldhexr
> >
> >   
> Bit pricey that is for a wireless adapter.  Does the Elite console come 
> with a wireless adapter?
> I personally don't mind the lack of wireless as I have a switch right 
> near the TV for my existing PS2 and Media Centre PC but I can see how 
> for some putting cables in might not be an option (my other half 
> occasionally moans about the rats nest of cables behind our TV).
> > I'd say your other requirements will come into play as to which one you
> > should buy, e.g. cost, joypad comfortability, onboard storage space,
> > available games, types of games[1], bluray capability, etc.  Both
> > consoles have their strengths and weaknesses (tho I prefer the 360 at
> > the moment), so choose wisely :)
> >
> >   
> I was leaning towards a PS3 mainly for the Bluray capabilities and the 
> Linux support but considering they aren't dropping the price yet (I was 
> hoping for an announcement of a price cut at E3) then I've decided to 
> get an XBOX 360 instead.  There are one or two games that I am 
> interested in with a couple of XBOX exclusives (that Alan Wake game 
> looks good).  I think as far as Bluray is concerned for now I'll just 
> fork out for a Bluray drive (I've seen a BD-ROM drive for about £50 
> retail boxed with software) which will pretty much cover my HD movie 
> playback needs until eventually I can afford a PS3.
> Does ushare support transcoding of media on the fly?
> Rob

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