Update: Go here for instructions on how to stream MP4 and M4V video files to the Playstation 3 from Windows Vista and XP.
Update 2: We have tested Media Streaming capabilities with Windows 7. Streaming just got a lot easier!
When I woke up this morning, I spotted a PR release from Sony regarding their upcoming 1.8 firmware update. The thing that stood out about this update was that it would allow streaming media to a PSP over the internet. I wrote about that immediately, but until the next firmware arrives for the PSP, we won’t be able to check it out.
The 1.8 firmware arrived for me about an hour ago (being Thursday afternoon in Hong Kong, I guess they are rolling the updates based on local time). I left the firmware to install, and went back to work on some other things.
Then this popped up:
Huh? A new media device on my network? Could it be that the PS3′s new support for DLNA works in Vista too?
I ran over to my PS3, and sure enough, there it was. I have Vista set to share my media to the network, so I can watch and listen to it on my HTPC and XBOX 360. Well it turns out I have another choice, and the PS3 supports streaming media from Windows Vista now! A bit of digging around, and I found that Vista supports DLNA after all… I guess I wouldn’t have been shocked had I known this, because it was mentioned in the PR yesterday. Oh well…
If you’re curious, here is what the streaming media interface looks like on the PS3. The more I use the XMB interface, the more I like it. It definitely feels snappier than the clunky XBOX 360 Dashboard. The PS3 uses 175 watts while playing music.
Oh, one thing I have to mention: The Playstation 3 does NOT play lossless WMA files. That screws it up for me, as I have me entire music library backed up in lossless WMA. Hopefully a future update will remedy this.
It even has the Windows logo!
You can list your media by artist, album, composer, etc
This is what it looks like when you play a song
You can even copy media over to the PS3 hard drive