Thursday, March 17, 2011

PS3 Homebrew Home ShowtimeTheater System is Released!

Showtime PS3 Homebrew Home Theater System is Released!

Today andoma announced on IRC that he has released Showtime - a PS3 Homebrew Home Theater System application! 

DownloadShowtime PS3 PKG File / Showtime PS3 SELF File / Showtime Overview / Showtime Repo 

To quote from his page linked above: After about a month of hacking I'm happy to announce that Showtime now can be run as a native "homebrew" application on the PS3. See PS3 usage guide for more information of how to get started. 

If you have any questions please use the PS3 forum on this site. 

PS3 usage guide 

Getting started 

Download files here: 

For a full featureset of Showtime see 

Most of this should work except for playback of high res. HD videos (basically when the PPU runs out of cycles). There are a bunch of strategies for how this should be handled but I've not had time to start digging into this yet 

Video output 

Showtime on PS3 has been tested with 576i, 720p and 1080i video resolutions. 

I've tried to set reasonable defaults for overscan compensation. But if it not correct for you it can be adjusted under Settings -> Display and UI settings 

Buttons on controller 

✕ Activate (Enter) currently focused item 
○ Navigate back 
△ Bring up options / playcontrol menu 
□ Screensaver (Until something better has been figured out) 
► Play/Pause 
▬ Home menu 
✜ Navigate 

L3 - Bring up playback info (During video playback) 
R3 - Bring up log console 

  • Plugging in a standard keyboard in the PS3 USB port works and is currently the only way to input characters.
  • No virtual keyboard is supported at the moment.

Other stuff that does not work 
  • TV-style remote controller (whatever that's called) has not been tested. No idea if it works or not.
  • BD/DVD/CD Discs - No idea how that works
  • Digital pass thru audio (AC3, DTS, etc)


There are probably plenty of those. Please use the issue tracker at 

Build it yourself!? 

Start by reading README here: 

Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks news. Also be sure to drop by the PS3 Hacks Forum for updates!

Showtime PS3 Homebrew Home Theater System is Released!

Showtime PS3 Homebrew Home Theater System is Released!