August 5, 2004 1:54 PM PDT

Sony's PS3 to use Blu-ray Disc

Sony officials will use Blu-ray Disc technology in their next-generation console, most commonly referred to as the PlayStation 3.

Sony revealed its decision at a press conference in Tokyo this week held by the Blu-ray Disc Founders, an organization committed to developing and standardizing the next-generation optical disc format, the Kyodo News reported. The BDF also used the occasion to announce that it will finalize the specifications for the read-only version of Blu-ray Discs, or BD-ROMs, by Sept. 30.

Sony has been investing heavily in Blu-ray product development and was the first company to have a disc recorder on the market. Sony had previously hinted it might use the format in the PS3. Kiyoshi Nishitani, Sony's Blu-ray Disc R&D division chief, commented in an interview with Asahi PC magazine in March that the company would like to establish ground in the Blu-ray Disc market by adopting BD-ROMs for its "home video game console."

The Blu-ray Disc Founders organization is made up of Sony, Panasonic and 11 other major electronics makers. Like its predecessor, the DVD, the BD-ROM will primarily be used for movies. The companies plan to start marketing Blu-ray Disc playback machines (without recording capabilities) by the end of the fiscal year.

Sony is relying heavily on the Blu-ray Disc format, so from the company's point of view, the use of Blu-ray as the market standard in next-generation media is vital, especially since Sony also publishes movies through its Sony Pictures subsidiary. Adopting the Blu-ray Disc for the PS3 should help spread use of the format, similar to what the PlayStation 2 did for DVDs.

Early expansion of the Blu-ray format would be ideal for Sony, considering it will have to compete with high-definition DVDs in the future. Blu-ray Discs can hold 25GB on a single layer and 50GB on the dual-layer discs, while HD DVD discs--which have yet to be released--will hold only 30GB on a dual-layered disc.

Sony said it will reveal more details on the PlayStation 3 at a premiere event in Japan on March 31, 2005. The console will also be on display at next year's E3 confab in Los Angeles.


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BD-ROM is a Good move for the PS3
With the new Blue-Ray Disk this means that you wont have to switch disk between accessing certain features on a gaming disk.

This is a very good move for the Sony PS3 and its about time that we will be getting it if its included in the PS3. The announcement will come in March 2005.
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Logical Choice
Going with BluRay was a logical choice for Sony, but this seems to be a public statement to rally more support behind that particular technology. It'll be interesting to see how the blue-ray vs. HDDVD debate pans out.. Do we really need 2 new formats?
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This is a no-brainer. The only other option was to go with the former DVD format. With the power of the PS3, the DVD just would not have the read speed and capacity needed to keep up.

Now to find out what Microsoft is going to use for the XBox2. If Sony is smart they'll court them to use BD-ROM too. Microsoft has less to benefit from being different, and I think they'll stick with DVD or BD-ROM to make their next-gen easier to write games for.

Microsoft needs acceptance in the market still. Xbox might look better, run faster and play nicer than the PS2, but it's not got the market share and dominance yet. Xbox 2 will have an early start, but if they do not keep the technology lead on Sony they won't gain the market share they want.
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