[mythtv-users] PS3 as FrontEnd

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 23:52:27 UTC 2007

On 3/16/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> I've just acquired a PS3 with Yellow Dog Linux installed.
> There has been some discussion of using the PS3 as a Myth frontend,
> and several folks, including me, were dubious about that working,
> mainly because the nVidia graphic chip is only supported as a simple
> frame buffer.
> However, I just compiled mplayer 1.0rc1-4.1.1 on the PS3, and I am
> presently watching the HD version of "Elephant's Dream", and I can
> only describe the picture as GORGEOUS on my 32" LCD, fed by the HDMI
> output of the PS3, no dropped frames and the motion is smooth as
> silk. I'm playing the file via an NFS mount from a Gentoo box.
> I'm running 40%-50% CPU load on both processors (the Linux kernel
> sees the Cel as 2 CPUs, the subsidiary processors are handled a
> little differently). This is kernel 2.6.16-20061110.ydl.ps3, Yellow
> Dog release 5.0 (Phoenix).
> Obviously running a full F/E is a little different from mplayer, but
> I am certainly optimistic at this point. Considering that you get a
> Blu-Ray player and a very nice computer for under $500 this is a deal
> I got the "low-end" PS3 with the 20GB HDD and no WiFi or memory card
> capability, as Linux does not support the built-in WiFi (yet) and if
> I wanted to read cards I could just hook up a card reader, no point
> in paying Sony prices for those things.
> Just thought some folks might be interested in this.
> Brian Wood
> beww at beww.org

Thanks for the update, this is pretty promising. If the PS3 can play back HD
content without the need for XVMC against the GPU then I don't see why it
can't function pretty smoothly as a full-featured front end.

What was the resolution of the HD?
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