Friday, January 18th 2008

New Blu-ray 2.0 Spec Makes PS3 the Most Future-proof Player

With an unexpected announcement from Warner stating that the company would issue its movies on Blu-ray, the high-definition format war is over for many.

A new definition of Blu-ray is coming up, namely "Blu-ray 2.0". The 2.0 profile brings picture-in-picture and online functionality to Blu-ray discs; these movies will have "BD-Live" stickers on the case so you know certain features will require 2.0-compliant players.

Currently, the Playstation 3 is the only Blu-ray 2.0-compatible player available.

Below is a summary of the different requirements for the several Blu-ray standards:
  • 1.0 is the launch profile, and secondary audio and video decoders are optional, as is local storage and network connectivity. The majority of standalone players fit into this category.
  • 1.1 is the newer profile, and to take advantage of these discs, players need a secondary audio and video decoder to handle picture-in-picture, as well as at least 256MB of local storage for content.
  • 2.0 is the profile of the future, requiring the two secondary decoders, 1GB of local storage for updates and content, and an Internet connection.
Source: Arstechnica
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50 Comments on New Blu-ray 2.0 Spec Makes PS3 the Most Future-proof Player

spacejunky said:
When did I ever argue for the XBOX vs PS3??
I thought this was a forum about Blu-Ray.
BTW. You can connect the XBOX HD-DVD Rom to your PC which I think is very cool for $129.
This forum was about BR 2.0. It is saying that previous consoles will have a problem. This is only the begining. Sony will try to use it to force everyone to buy a PS3 just to watch BR movies. I'll probably never buy a PS3. The games suck except for UT which I have on my desktop pc.
Yes the PS3 games suck. Here's proof.
agreed, i dont buy consols but my buddy whos a consol nutter has every consol made since the sega mastersystem even some u couldnt get in the states dirrectly.

to be honest the ps3 games do suck ass, they will get better eventuly but for now they are shit, the only reasion to buy a pos3 is for BD, its a decent price for a current bd player....but still.....

im just gonna wait, there are already a few dual format players leeking into the market, i guarntee eventuly we will see more of them, just like when dvd first came out players where overpriced and some didnt properly support dual layer disks(POS!!!)

then when dvd burners came out, the + vs - wars, today all burners can burn eather type of media and most if not all current dvd players can play whatever you throw in them(media wise), also the priced went from 300bucks or more for a burner down to being cheap as hell now 30 for a 20x burner!!!!
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spacejunky said:
You don't happen to work out of a garage do you? j/k
I wish someone would bundle that up in a nice package. If Sony were smart, they would have saved a billion or two and the industry would have sold a few hundred million more HD movies to date with a premium.
acctualy i live in what was once a gradge(converted into an apartment ;) )

and its true if sony had just said "fuck it lets just make as much off this as possable" and made players that played both formats they would have made more and more movies would have been sold, and the cost to sony would have been very little since im sure they can get the mfg cost down to neer nothing once they start mass production.
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