PS3 vs Xbox video streaming

Fuzzy Bear

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Jan 19, 2009
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Hi guys,

Have been going down the space saving route recently so grabbed myself a nas to put all dvds and cds onto - Western Digital mybook Live ( not sure it's a true nas but user friendly network storage)

To watch my videos I use my PS3 fat, but it constantly has errors, audio sounds garbled or it just wont play the files.

I borrowed a friends new XBOX 250gb version, whilst he was on holiday and it streams everything I have.

Both are connected to the net so surely they should both just download any video/audio codecs they dont have?

Is it just a case of the Xbox being newer, or the file rips. Would a new ps3 slim stream everything.

The xbox has had some problems outputting audio dvd via optical so simply switching wont solve everything either.


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Jun 10, 2011
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They will both only play certain files. They do not automatically download extra codecs, nor I think is there anyway of doing this manually.

The PS3 supports these formats.

MPEG-1 (.mpg, .mpeg)

MPEG-2 (.vob, .m2v)

MPEG-4 (.mp4)

AVI (.avi)

DIVX/XVID (.divx, .xvid)

WMV (.wmv)

AVCHD (.mts, m2ts)


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Aug 22, 2007
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I find that the Xbox works better with different file formats too. If somethig won't play on the PS3, I put it on the 360 and it usually plays.

I downloaded some demo 3D SBS clips and they wouldn't play on PS3, but worked fine on 360.