Feeds

Sony selects Blu-ray for PlayStation 3

Up yours, HD-DVD

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will ship with a Blu-ray optical drive.

At this stage, it's not clear whether the console will feature a read-only unit or allow users to record video onto the blue-laser medium too. It's certainly tempting to view the PS3 as more of a successor to the poorly received PSX than the PS2 per se.

Sony said it had decided to incorporate a Blu-ray drive into the PS3 in order to allow users to view high-definition video content. Today, Blu-ray is incompatible with current DVD technology, and it remains to be seen whether Sony builds in a second drive for backward compatibility - not only for video, but PS2 games - or plans to use a dual-laser unit capable of handling both kinds of optical media.

The DVD Forum's preferred blue-laser system is HD-DVD, designed from the ground-up to be compatible with existing media and production lines. Like Blu-ray, it's being pitched at HDTV content.

By the time the PS3 ships, it is likely to support next-generation Blu-ray discs capable of holding 50GB of data, more than double today's 23GB discs. ®

Related stories

Microsoft supporting Blue Laser? What about Blu-Ray? Err, maybe
Blu-ray founders rename, open group to new members
Japanese boffins perfect paper Blu-ray disc
Sony preps 50GB next-gen Blu-Ray video deck
Sony may test hybrid DVD/CDs in UK
DVD Forum backs CD/DVD hybrid
DVD Forum punts blue laser HD-DVD

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.