5 things to consider in your PS3 setup
- Posted October 7th, 2011 at 18:08 EDT by PSU Community
- 9 Comments
The holiday season is here once again, and with it comes the inevitable barrage of Christmas shopping. Needless to say, consumers are undoubtedly going to be forking out for the latest in home entertainment, among which includes PlayStation 3 and 3D TVs.
Of course, this means an influx of new PS3 owners, who may benefit from some assistance in learning the best setup that will maximize the looks and efficiency of their entertainment arrangement. As such, here are five things to consider for PS3 newbies and veterans alike when setting up your console and the items around it:
5. An Entertainment Center
If you don’t already have an entertainment center, consider investing in one. This huge piece of furniture not only protects the expensive electronics housed within, but generally looks nice in the living room. However, entertainment centers can be quite costly, so as a general rule of the thumb, try to get the most for your buck. This does not mean cut corners, but rather consider buying a well-made but expensive one over a lesser quality cheaper piece. Think about it, you will most likely pay more for it in the long run.
When you bring your 3D TV, PS3, and other bulky gadgets home, it is wise to already know where you will put them. Your living room is most ideal; it is probably the most spacious room in your home (we talk about space later in this article). Also, when considering a place for your entertainment system, make sure your chosen position is not on or near the floor. The last thing you want is dust or other particles getting into your PS3 or sound system, causing malfunctions. Finally, you will need a place that is convenient: and that excludes areas that family members can trip on or run into your electronics. Again, the living room most likely fits the bill as you’ll typically have the largest amount of room to play with.
3. Energy Efficiency
You will need an energy efficient setup, as this not only cuts down your electric bill, but is good for the environment. You should contemplate a slim PS3 model over the bulky original model; the slim PS3s use less energy and use it more effectively. Although energy star TVs and products are more expensive, you need to consider them over normal electronics. After all, purchasing a slim PS3 and energy star TV will save you money when it comes to your electric bill.
When setting up your 3D HD TV and PS3, you must consider space. What area in your home has a good amount of space? You not only need room for your things, but space so that the items can ‘breathe’. A lot of electronic devices have vents or ways of circulating air through the system and your PS3 is one of them. Therefore, it is wise to leave space on all sides of your PS3, allowing the system to ‘breathe’ and ensure your hardware doesn’t look cluttered. Aside from that, you may also need room for cords and external cooling fans or other general things.
Last, but not least, when arranging your products, particularly the cords, you need to consider safety. Purchasing and placing your items into an entertainment center would not only protect your investments, but the most curious family members as well. Pets, such as cats and dogs, are prone to chewing on lose wires and other such items, potentially causing damage to both the equipment and themselves in the process. Infants and toddlers are likewise not above coming into contact with cords, risking harm in the process. Needless to say, it is best to put these things away when not in use and to supervise children who are nearby when playing your PS3. One of the most important things to consider is the placement of miscellaneous cords. As you should already know, having a bunch of cords plugged in near each other is a fire hazard -- take care when deciding how to hook them up.
Oh, and before we wrap, let us give you one more tip: when lifting heavy objects, remember to lift with your knees bent and your back straight!
Article by Shawnee Lee
Sryche22 | Sryche
- 1:44pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
Biggest mistake I ever made was sitting my 60GB launch model inside an enclosed entertainment center--even with the cutout in the back for the wires there was not sufficient airflow for the PS3 and it overheated on several occasions until it finally died...
moral of the story is regardless of whether it's a slim or a fatty, make sure you have sufficient airflow around your system (this even includes your Cable receiver and A/V receivers)
- 2:16pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
Biggest game-changer way to save energy and your PS3? Switch the PS3 OFF when you are done using it. And I don't mean shut it down via the menu or the front button. Flip the switch in the back. Even when "off" your PS3 uses as much energy as 2 FRIDGE UNITS!
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 2:30pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
I think this has to be one of PSU's most useless article's ever. =/
On another note, I guess im really destroying the environment running all 7 of my PS3's, 24hrs a day. If the earth can survive a meteor strike, that leaves a crator in the earth over a mile wide, im pretty sure it can handle my consoles. =>
- 2:33pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
As I read these tips and then your advice, I have a question for you or anyone...Is there a master power switch on the back of PS3 slims?
I use the fatboy, but I have a slim serving as just a blue-ray player. That said, it is always in "red light" mode becuase if there is a power button on the back I can't find it.
- 3:08pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
@darth, that's not true. The PS3 uses about 2 watts when it's on standby.
- 8:31pm EDT - October 7th, 2011
DigitalBeast is truly the bigget butthurt individual around here. There is no doubt in my mind that he is fat and a virgin. Anyway, it is there on the FAT PS3. The slims are less power hungry.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 12:36am EDT - October 8th, 2011
@7 - Well, it must be the same for you too. Check out the 2nd word in your first sentence. At least, I get the simple words correct. =P
TOTAL FAIL!! - Get a napkin, your ignorance and stupidity is drooling out of your ear.
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