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Blu-ray Disc downgradable for PSP viewing coming later this year

Sony demonstrated at CES 2008 a new feature that would allow a PlayStation 3 to prepare a playable movie for the PSP on Memory Stick Duo using a Blu-ray Disc movie as the source.

"This way, you can have a portable copy you can take with you," said David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, adding that this was just one of the new features coming to Blu-ray Disc. "There was always the promise of greater interactivity. You'll see that coming in the new year."

The feature will likely be on a disc-by-disc basis, as rather than having the PlayStation 3 re-encode movies for the PSP’s resolution, a PSP-specific version would be stored on the Blu-ray Disc media. This grants the original movie studios’ professional encoding artists to optimize the video for viewing on a handheld system. This also means, however, that current Blu-ray Disc movies may not be able to make the seamless transition to the PSP.

The ability to downgrade a movie to a portable resolution was first seen on Fox’s Live Free, Die Hard and Warner’s Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix on standard-definition DVD.

Should this feature truly become commonplace on Blu-ray Disc and DVD movies, then it makes the UMD movie format a rather hard sell. With new UMD movies priced not much cheaper than Blu-ray Disc and DVD, the added utility of having both a home theater and a portable version at one’s disposal could spell the end of the PSP-specific disc format.

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RE: On the other hand
By djc208 on 1/8/2008 5:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
Like the concept, and it would be a nice bonus to BD, but if it's a PSP specific format than it will lock you into a PSP, no video iPods or portable media players, or laptops (that don't have BD drives).

You'd be locked into a Sony centered world full of memory sticks and minidisks. Which was why many were aprehensive over BD as a Sony backed format.

RE: On the other hand
By Mach Omega on 1/8/2008 5:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fan of Memory Sticks but I won't knock Sony for using its own formats. As someone already pointed out, it'll be pretty elementary to get BD movies in other formats for other devices. Technology is just too sophisticated now. This is more for the casual user, it'll do nothing to slow down the "motivated" user.

RE: On the other hand
By Brockway on 1/9/2008 7:36:25 AM , Rating: 2
This will probably work similarly to the way psp's hook up to the ps3 for remote play. You just have to register it to the ps3 and you can copy ps1 games and files over to it.

RE: On the other hand
By FITCamaro on 1/9/2008 9:02:28 AM , Rating: 2
You're not copying PS1 games from the PS3 to the PSP. It's streaming the game via wifi.

RE: On the other hand
By Brockway on 1/10/2008 3:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
No, I'm talking about the downloadable PS1 games you buy off the store. You register your PSP, and you copy the game over to the PSP using USB. I play Castlevania on my PSP this way. I also play FF7 and Xenogears on it using a slightly different method.

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