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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: Funny...
By Locutus465 on 8/14/2007 1:49:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yes.... the x-box is for video gaming entertainment and the wii is for.... ummm oh yeah... hey wait a sec... video gaming :P Yes I see it now, thank you for setting me straight... And all of the parents of the world deciding between getting their kid a $350 console for which you must buy $60 games or a $250 console for which you must buy $50 games....

RE: Funny...
By BMFPitt on 8/14/2007 2:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
Coffee maker and toaster are both for making things to eat/drink.

XBox is for playing Gears of War, GTA, and Madden. Wii is for playing Wii Sports and Mario Party. Some people enjoy one or the other, many (like me) enjoy both.

I have said this before and no one has given me a proper answer, can you name a game that is good on both the 360(/PS3) and Wii?

RE: Funny...
By Murst on 8/14/2007 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
Tiger Woods 07

RE: Funny...
By Locutus465 on 8/14/2007 4:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ummmm... no... Toasters toast, coffee makers make coffee.... Not a good comparison... Try something more apples to apples, say a BMW v. a Porche, at least it's the same type of product. The Wii is more gadgety as far as the cool controller set up and the various things it integrates with. The 360 is faster/more powerful, but in the end. They all serve the same purpose? And in fact, you can get a great number of games for either platform (rayman raving rabbids for instance).

Sorry, but your comparison is just flawed. Perhaps that's the way you view these consoles, but I seriously doubt the market at large shares these views.

RE: Funny...
By Locutus465 on 8/14/2007 4:12:44 PM , Rating: 2
Harry Potter, Pirates, The Bigs, MOH series, Resident Evil shows up on Wii/PS (currently 2, no doubt 3 variants to follow).

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