PS3 Based Media Center

I’ve been toying around with the Idea of building a media center PC for the past few months. I also just purchased a High Definition 61″ Television. Looking over the features of my PS3 I noticed something special. Why take the time to build a new PC to act as a Media center when I could simply install a Linux distribution on my Playstation 3 along with MythTV?

MythTVAnd so dawns my next project. I’ll be partitioning a mere 10 Gigs of the PS3 Hard disk.

I know what your thinking already.

“How are you going to fit all your music and movies onto 10 Gigs?”

Well, this is the fun part. You see, I have the 60Gig model and I was thinking that same exact question. Only the other way around, because the playstation gives you 3 options when formating the drive.

  • Format 10Gigs for the PS3
  • Format 10Gigs to another OS
  • Format the entire disk for the PS3

Now for my version of the above question.

“How am I going to fit all my music and movies onto 50 Gigs?”

This is where I take advantage of the 1Gb port the Playstation 3 comes equipped with. I have a dedicated FTP server on my network (this server has a few other various services for security but thats all for another post). This server stores all of my music and both my roommates’ music too. They can all stream music directly from this server. I’ll be setting up a NFS Share for the Linux running PS3 to automatically mount every time I boot to the Linux operating system. I can mount this share directly to a local folder, thus eliminating the hard disk limitations of my PS3. The other nice thing about going this route is I can set up a RAID and offer redundancy to my media, something far beyond the capability of the PS3 when working alone.

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