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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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RE: I'm Not Suprised
By Rampage on 8/13/2007 3:42:02 PM , Rating: -1
Well since apparantly I'm the only one who can manage my money and purchase items above $1000 successfully... WHILE avoiding "emotional distress".. I shall reveal how I do it.

I'm a college graduate, not a grad student for one. Have a decent job 50K+.. but thats what you get when you work part time at a Fortune 100 company while successfully getting your degree at the same time.

I busted butt to get where I am, this is true. Everyone else can do the same?

I'm single, with no roommate, live by myself and still work hard like I did in college.
I paid my own tuition. Thats unavoidable debt, but I can pay back that debt, drive a used car, live frugally and afford the things I want to afford..

and my $1300 TV was no issue for me. I'm still paying back student loans, making rent, eating, driving, and working hard.

And I bought my HDTV for a TV. The fact it works great with a Xbox 360 and HD-DVDs is another issue.
It is a fact that most people my generation don't work hard in their job or work, but I'm originally from the farm and can work most anyone at a desk, or in manual labor to their grave.
So I dominate my fellow man, but thats the spoils of victory in life for working hard.

That, and being able to swing TVs that cause most people "emotional distress". If it causes you emotional distress you need to work harder, get two jobs if you refuse to bust your butt at university.


RE: I'm Not Suprised
By RapsFan on 8/13/2007 4:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
You must be very proud of yourself.


RE: I'm Not Suprised
By Rampage on 8/13/2007 5:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you either do it yourself or wait for someone to do it for you.
Apparantly you chose the latter. I wanted to get it done, and I am proud.. its people who get things done who make this country work.


RE: I'm Not Suprised
By seeker353 on 8/13/2007 10:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
This is great for you and you have every right to be proud of your accomplishments (I'm a hard working guy myself). However, making 2x more than the average individual income puts you into the "affluent customer" category of ChristopherO's post.


"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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