Recent Tests: PlayStation 3 Is The Best Blu-Ray Player Available
Now that Blu-Ray is the accepted high-definition format, consumers have several player options on store shelves. The question is, which is best? The expensive standalone units have to be better than the PlayStation 3, which only introduced Blu-Ray, correct? After all, the PS2 was hardly the best DVD player...
But according to recent benchmark tests conducted at Blu-Ray.com, the PS3 is indeed the best Blu-Ray player out there. They go into much detail in there analysis of each model, as they look into most of the more popular Blu-Ray players available and measure a variety of different determining factors. They looked at Power On Time, Disc Eject Time, Movie Load Time, BD-J Scaling Performance, BD-J small and large object Performance, and finally, BD-J Overall Performance. They've even got a complete spreadsheet there if you want to feast your eyes on the exact numbers, and we know you tech guys love this stuff. Also, bear in mind that the site in question is in no way related to Sony, so they wouldn't have any hidden agenda to promote one Blu-Ray player over another. In the end, it seems we have definitive proof now that the PS3 is actually the best player money can buy, and given everything else it can do, we figure this is good news for Sony. The multimedia machine doesn't lag in the one area non-gamers would be interested in: high-def movie playback.
Of course, for gamers, these results probably shouldn't be surprising. The PS3 is a massively powerful machine and performance is the name of the game. Blu-Ray is the chosen format for games as well as movies, so why shouldn't the PS3 excel in all video-related endeavors?
12/5/2008 Ben Dutka