I think it was early December when I was in Best Buy and they set out about a dozen PS3’s. PS3’s were very rare, and while I didn’t really have any personal interest in one, I figured I could make a few dollars hocking one on craigslist or ebay.
When I get it to the office, and find out I could make at best $50 more than I paid for it, which was around $500, I figured that in the end it wasn’t really worth my time to try to resell it. I decided instead that I’d wait for a compelling game, which was surely around the corner….so the darned thing sat in the garage, in its unopened box until yesterday.
I waited and waited for a game to be released that I felt I wanted to play enough to get me to open it, and finally that game was released: Heavenly Sword. I picked up Heavenly Sword, which has been fairly well hyped on TV, and decided this would be the game. Still not sure if the game was good enough to go through the bother, but I’d waited long enough.
The good news, is that to hook up the PS3 would force me to do some re-cabling of my media room, a project that is long overdo. My Meridian 861 processor has a component video switching card, but I’d never used it, as I’d never felt compelled to bother with the extra cabling. Instead, I’d down converted my Xbox 360 to SVideo and run that through my Meridian 598DP, then out that via HDMI to the projector. The cable box was being output in component video direct to the project, but all along really should have gone to the 861 along with component outputs from the Xbox, so that the 861 could do the video switching it was capable of.
So now needing to hook up the PS3, and definitely sure this new game had to be seen in Hi-Def, I finally did the re-cabling through the 861.
And boy was the re-cabling worth it. That new game on the PS3, as seen on my projector, is a thing of beauty. There are cut shots galore with full motion capture-style CGI videos that are definitely the best ever seen before. The game play itself was alright (not great), but the “video” is killer.
I haven’t fired up the Xbox since re-cabling, but I’m sure I’ll be pleased with the results, and kicking myself for having not done it ages ago. At least the Xbox is now ready to be the proper recipient of Halo 3 next week.