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Did you know that the PS3 can play Blu-ray movies? Most gamers don’t

Much of the credit for Blu-ray Discs’ rapid surge in sales beginning in 2007 is given to the launch of the PlayStation 3. Sony’s newest console brought to the market an incredible value for the high-definition home theater enthusiast.

The PlayStation 3 remains one of the market’s cheapest, but most capable Blu-ray Disc movie players – but oddly enough, that fact isn’t as well known as one may believe. In fact, research results released by NPD Group suggest that the majority of gamers, including owners of Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles, are oblivious to their machine’s high-definition capabilities.

Amazingly, the report finds that only 40 percent of PlayStation 3 owners knew that the games machine was fully capable of playing Blu-ray Disc movies. And of those who knew about the Blu-ray feature, only half had used it to play a movie during the last 10 times they used the console. The remaining half who knew about the movie player capabilities do not take advantage of the feature.

While movies may not be on every gamer’s agenda, only 30 percent of Xbox 360 owners knew of the machine’s high-definition gaming output capabilities, with the number rising to 50 percent in the case of PS3 owners. This suggests that the majority of current generation gaming still takes place on standard-definition televisions.

"The industry is still in its infancy with regard to this "next-gen" and all the expanded capabilities of the systems," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier to 1UP. "Gameplay is still king, and it may take awhile for the awareness and usage of the additional features to really take hold with consumers."

Those with HDTVs may be wishing for a high-definition Wii, but given the NPD Group’s findings, it’s easy to understand why Nintendo isn’t yet interested.

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By Slaimus on 8/13/2007 3:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think a big reason that consumers do not know about HD capabilities is that these consoles do not at least come with HDMI or even component cables.

Most people do not read the manual or look at the tiny text labels on the back of the console. They just plug whatever connector end that fits to the console and TV.

RE: Cables
By omnicronx on 8/13/2007 3:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
you could be on the right track, the ps3 doesnt come with component cables or an HDMI cable, and the novice user probably doesnt know the same cable that sells for 50-75$ at best buy can be had for 5$ on ebay.
The 360 core also doesnt come with component cables, and up until now only the elite supported hdmi (premium does now but wouldnt effect these numbers).

as for HDMI, even if i am being nice and say that 20% of americans own an HDTV (its probably a lot lower) how many of those do you think have HDMI? maybe 3-4%? even worse is those that do support HDCP over DVI, have no idea that dvi is compatable with hdmi via converter.

RE: Cables
By Farfignewton on 8/13/2007 6:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
even worse is those that do support HDCP over DVI, have no idea that dvi is compatable with hdmi via converter.

You said it. Couldn't say how long it took me to discover that a PS3 would output hi-def to my tube, but it was a loooong time. Had to find out if the PS3 worked with DVI, which took a while, then had to dig up a user manual online for my t.v. to find out if it supported HDCP, which took longer, then had to read the manual in PDF which probably took longer than copying it to paper by hand and scanning through it would have. Then I found an HDMI-DVI converter cable on for $15 or so - 2 minutes. By the time I was finished with all of that, the price on the PS3 had dropped. ;)

Oh, and I've bought a blu-ray movie, so the player to unit ratio should be a little closer to 1:1 now. :D

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