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The definitive PS3 Blu-ray player review

blu-rayLeaving no stone unturned, the fine folks at Ultimate AV have the most thorough review of the PS3 we've ever seen... and they're only looking at the movie playback capabilities. Six pages of gory Blu-ray details results in some very positive impressions:

"The PS3 was entirely consistent in providing excellent performance that was just a bit sharper and more detailed than Samsung's BD-P1000. I've now seen what Blu-ray can do, and it can be unequivocally glorious, regardless of which of the three video codecs are used (MPEG-2, MPEG-4/AVC, and VC-1 have all been used on BD) or whether the disc is 25GB or 50GB."

Equaling the stand-alone Blu-ray players' picture and sound quality while beating them out in terms of boot times and disc access speeds, the PS3 looks like it's the next-gen HD movie player to beat. Having both HD-DVD and Blu-ray myself, I find that the ultimate performance between the two formats is very hard to discern. Any real difference is probably going to come down to the quality of the source material and the quality of the disc transfer.

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1. Yeah, but the Blu Ray case is SOOOO much cooler... I was very sad that sony didn't use the blue cases for the PS3 games as well.

Posted at 4:23AM on Dec 24th 2006 by mietha

2. Quick bootup on the PS3 is nice to hear. Boot up time sucks with my dad's new HD-DVD player, and this is a second-generation model of the Toshiba which is supposed to be faster than the last one. The new one also has... wow... a working pause button.

Posted at 5:34AM on Dec 24th 2006 by Burnt Meatloaf

3. Wow, great news. This owns all the haters who claimed that the ps3 would have subpar blu-ray playing capabilities. LOL...

Posted at 8:11PM on Dec 24th 2006 by Jitty

4. Jitty (#3), can the PS3 output 1080i Component video? How about 1080P or 1080i RGBHV (VGA)?

Posted at 5:19AM on Dec 27th 2006 by GhostDoggy

5. Let's not get too carried away, the same author's review of the Pioneer BluRay player states: "There isn't any doubt in my mind now that both the Sony BDP-S1 and the Pioneer Elite offer a superior image to the PS3..."

full review: http://www.ultimateavmag.com/hddiscplayers/1206piobdphd1/

I love my PS3 for games but without a proper remote that can be intergrated in to a HT environment via IR it does not pass muster as a true A/V component.


Posted at 1:25PM on Dec 27th 2006 by allmodcons

6. The debate over HD DVD vs Blu-Ray will continue. Blu-Ray apparently has more storage capacity. However, Microsoft backing the HD DVD with their Xbox 360 will cause movie developers to think hard in which format that they will ultimately back. I am going to go with HD DVD to win the Blu-Ray vs HD DVD poll.

See for yourself: http://todayspolls.googlepages.com/bluray_vs_hddvd_poll

Posted at 10:45AM on Dec 28th 2006 by Blake

7. GhostDoggy, you telling me that you hooked up YOUR PS3 and found that it wont play BD disc in 1080i via compoent on a 1080i HDTVs?

Posted at 8:42AM on Dec 29th 2006 by GL

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