PlayStation 3 will soon support DivX video playback

The PlayStation 3 is a media hub like few others. It can handle high-definition movies, upscale DVDs, read pictures from memory cards, not to mention play PlayStation games. And it seems that soon the PlayStation 3 will gain the ability to playback DivX-encoded media.

DivX Inc. today announced that its video technology will be integrated into the PS3, adding to the over 100 million DivX Certified products shipped into the market.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format."

DivX is currently working to certify its software on the PS3 and current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a separate system software update at a forthcoming date.

Furthermore, game developers are now able to utilize DivX's decoder technology in the latest version of the PS3 Software Development Kit. Of course, with the whopping 50GB made available to developers thanks to Blu-ray Disc, one has to wonder if video compression is yet necessary.

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