Newest firmware will once again make PS3 the best Blu-ray player available


Playstation 3 has always been a double threat in the videogame market. It plays high definition movie content via its Blu-ray drive, and oh yeah, you can play games on it too. When it launched it was the cheapest point of entry to the Blu-ray movie scene, but that’s no longer true. Since the format has clearly taken the lead, and left its HD-DVD counterpart in the dust, you can expect to see BR drives in just about every avenue of the electronics industry.

Sony is looking to give its shiny machine that edge once again with the announcement of what will be included in the latest firmware upgrade which will be available by the end of the month. After you’ve installed the update, your PS3 will be the first Blu-ray player on the market that is BD-Live capable. What is BD-Live you ask? Well, let me take you on a wonderous journey known as DLC…

You see, once upon a time, DVD producers had to put all the content they wanted to give to the public on thier disc BEFORE it came out. But now, thanks to the wonders of these tubes known as the interwebs, you can buy a disc with just the movie on it, and have the DVD guys sort of phone it in later. Sony wanted to coin a name for this new type of content distribution so they’ve packaged it all up and scribbled BD-Live on it. Don’t fret though, because if you own a PS3, you’re still in good shape. Sony’s game machine is currently the only upgradable BR player on the market, via its firmware upgrades. Is Sony shooting itself in the foot by crippling the stand-alone players that are already flooding the market en masse? Perhaps, but luckily for us PS3 owners, we can sit back and relax in the knowledge that we’ll never have to worry about missing a commentary track from the director’s son’s friend’s pool cleaner’s daughter.