Japanese model PS3 : how will it burn me?
I'm looking at possibly buying a Japanese 60 GB PS3.
Will I run into NTSC / PAL / JP issues attempting to use it with US release games & blue ray movies etc?
Is there anything else I should know or consider?
Let me be clear on this since I don't know what region you're in. There is a difference between PAL & NTSC PS3. Japan is NTSC just like North America. So if you're from North America you'll be fine. If you're from Europe you're in for a bit of trouble.
A PAL PS3 will read everything while an NTSC PS3 does not read PAL. If an HD source uses the H.264 or VC-1 codec then PAL & NTSC shouldn't be an issue. There could be an issues if it's using HD level mpeg2. I'm not enough of a videophile to know the fine details of these codecs.
I don't mind help, but please let me know if you're in an NTSC or PAL region. If you don't know that's fine just let me know what country and I can look it up for you.
Thanks for the help.
I had heard some blue rays are region coding, so I'll check online before I buy any.
one thing that sucks though is that my jpn ps3 does NOT play my american ps2 games due to region coding. fuckers. i read somewhere that although the ps3 would not have region coding, it would still be possible to region code games and since all the ps2 games are region coded, you wont be able to play any of your non-jpn games on your jpn p3.
I have a 60Gb PS3 in the Uk. Everything can be set to english as everyone says just circle is now enter and x is cancel/back in terms on controls. This includes the games so for example my US copy of UT3 will still use circle as enter and x as back cancel despite being of a different region. There are censoring issues as someone pointed out such as US and Uk copies of uncharted will NOT show blood on a Japanese PS3. As I have said this you've probably guessed that all PS3 games work whatever the region but the PS3 will only play PS2 and PS1 games from the consoles intended region.
Blu-Ray movies are region coded, the studios that enforce this though are Fox and Disney. Warner Bros and Sony pictures Blu-Ray movies are region free ( normally it will state a region on the back of the box or all regions for Sony pictures movies, if the movie does not display a region symbol on the box the movie is region free).
there has been no problems setting up a uk online account etc on my PS3 so no problems there. Updates as well are fine.
Hope this helps.
Cheers Im already used to the Circle and X thing as I have a JP import PSP, although it dosen't carry over to games with that.
This is a good example:
Not sure if its changed or anything since kotaku posted that though.