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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

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Comments (43 posts)

Scarecrow
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:17:32 AM
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Wow...
And here I was thinking that most other blu-ray players would've surpassed the ps3...

Amazing, the ps3 is one godly machine!

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King James
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:21:25 AM
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The PS3 has the cell processor in it. They put that same processor in the IBM Roadrunner (the worlds fastest computer). Of course, PS3 is the best blu-ray player. And in my opinion, the most reliable.

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Cuetes
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:24:09 AM
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No surprise there, if you watch blu ray movies on a full 1080p set, you'll never want a regular DVD ever again.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 3:44:10 AM

Yeah my girl bought WALL-E for me on my B day and I was like "woo, I guess..." but we popped it in (It was Blu Ray) and was super amazed with it!
Not a bad movie by the way. Except for the subliminal save the environment type propaganda...

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AntDC
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 9:15:06 PM

Subliminal? I wouldn't even say it was suttle enough to be subliminal, the whole "save the environment" theme was pretty obvious throughout the entire movie. It was funny hearing this message from a Disney made film... Ya know, Disney being a very environmentally friendly company and all. Sarcasm intended.

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Dingodial
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:32:53 AM
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The PS3 has the sexiest appearance (compared to a standalone BD player), I think it's the only one with a slot-loading disc trey (except for certain computers with a BD drive like the Dell studio hybrid), and you get most of PS3's features for free (since you get an 80gb. HDD, internet browser, HD games, free updates, free online PS meberships, and Wi-fi for only about $100 more than a top-of-the-line standalone BD player).

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Deleted User
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:34:48 AM
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i wouldnt say its the chosen format for games. the 360 doesnt use it and it does just fine. in fact it seems like the multiplat games do better on the 360.

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Random_Steve
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:48:11 AM

That because the majority of them are ports. Just look at MGS4, LBP and resistance 2 for example, they play much better than multiplat games

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:30:10 PM

I smell troll...

No game developer on earth who has any ambition will voluntarily choose DVD over Blu-Ray for future video games. I would expect the common sense-minded to know that.

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FLYING_APE
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:06:00 PM

Every developer wants to work on ps3 but you have to spend more time, effort, money. Why not put it out out on xbox with it's 25 mil instal base.

oh yeah gtfo troll... go to gt forums or joystiq

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Dingodial
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:12:12 PM

@ matheson
Many great games exist on xbox 360, but it would still be better with blu-ray. In case you haven't already heard, A game on xbox 360 is about to come out that may take up to 4 DVDs simply because A DVD can only have up to 10gb. of space. 10gb. may sound like a lot to you, but compare that to the 50gb. that Blu-ray has to offer. Then you will know what all the commotion is about the next time you see blu-ray being advertised while you're at your local Best-buy :)

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Deleted User
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 4:45:50 PM

@ Ben They choose it EVERY TIME when they go 360 exclusive! I would expect the smart-minded to know that...

@ flying ape Please be quiet you say the stupidest stuff on this site so you gtfo

@ dingodial I already know what the commotion is about I own a PS3 buddy!

@ffgamera Think before you type. I said its not yet the chosen medium seeing as how most reviews always say the 360 version is superior to the ps3 version.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 2:46:43 AM

Let's just all agree that those reviewers now have a "vested interest" in doing so.

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Macintoshgamer
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 9:12:30 PM

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Douchebaguette
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:37:24 AM
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My friend's sister tried persuading this man to get a £299 PS3 instead of a Blu-ray player that was £200 more expensive. The guy still wanted the Blu-ray player. What a douchebaguette.

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caliblue15
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:57:43 AM
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The Most Important Thing about this test isn't how the PS3 outperforms everything.

If you look, the Best Standalone Blu-ray player is the LG...

WHAT? Not the Sony standalone, not the Panasonic or Pioneer, but LG..

The LG actually blew everyone else away, which is just amazing. (standalone.)

Also amazing is how the PS3 is LEAPS and bounds better than the standalones.

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Tim
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:27:20 PM
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It may also be a BAD thing for Sony, in that, if the PS3 is still selling as a loss leader (price is below the costs to make it), having people buy it just to play blu-ray can cost them that much more. While this is probably not Sony's greatest concern, they may not advertize their system as the best blu-ray player as much as you'd otherwise expect for that reason.

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pavlovic
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:43:32 PM
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And will continue to be if not the best one of the best for quite a logn time...

Frequent updates had made the PS3 a different BD player than it was back on launch window.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:44:58 PM
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HA! Take that to all the people who bitch about the blu-ray player!, i only have one Blu-ray film, dvds are sufficient in my opinion

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Sir Shak
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:25:39 PM
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i have an of-topic question -
should i switch the ps upscale option in 'game settings' on or off ?
i have a 32 inch. 1080p TV .

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Dingodial
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:30:46 PM

I have the upscale turned on (my LCD is also 1080p) and everything always works fine. Be sure to have an HDMI cable if you want to take full advantage of what PS3 has to offer.

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Sir Shak
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 2:11:31 PM
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when i got my ps3 in june i didnt know about the HDMI cable .so when i plugged it in with the AV cable and started up GTA IV i was like 'what the f*** is this shit' .
fortunately ,the guy who came in to install the tv told me that an HDMI cable is required for high def. output . so i got one the next day and everything's been looking great since then .

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Deleted User
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 4:52:45 PM

@ ffgamera Think before you type. The composite cables do hd video also. Duuuuuhhhh

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:17:05 PM

Component cables, not composite cables

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Deleted User
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:26:18 PM

@ ffgamera Think before you type. The component cables do hd video also. Duuuuuhhhh

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Deleted User
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 6:32:16 AM

ffgamera you are an obvious fanboy. And I said COMPONENT cables.

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BassMechanic
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 4:24:57 AM

Yeash, alot of confusion, commotion, and misunderstanding in here!!! (Not to mention the ad-homenims.) Let's all calm down a bit, and I'll try to clarify things, OK.

The PS3 has 3 A\V connections on the back: 1) the classic "A\V Multi Out", 2) a "Toslink" optical digital audio out jack (for 2ch LPCM, or Dolby Digital or DTS bitstreams), and 3) the nice new HDMI jack. The HDMI out jack is the preffered connection for HD video and the ONLY connection for 7.1ch audio (including up to 7.1channel LPCM, and up to 7.1ch PCM strreams from decoded Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio (new lossless codecs, for anyone hew to this stuff), as well as good old Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams) from Blu-ray movies or games. If you do not have an HDMI input on your HDTV or PC Monitor (or on your A\V reciever or pre-amp; for 7.1ch HD audio) , then you cannot get 1080p video, but you can get up to 1080i via an HDMI to DVI cable, or via a "Component A\V" cable hooked to the "A\V Multi Out" connection. For a computer style monitor without a DVI or component video input, you can get an 'component to (15pin) VGA connector' adaptor, or a 3rd party cable that plugs into the PS3 "A\V Multi Out" jack and has a PC-VGA connector and sometimes even a 1/8" TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve, or standard "headphone" style) plug to feed 2ch audio into your PCs "audio in" jack.

As far as audio goes, you can get 2ch (usually "Dolby PL(II,x) Surround encoded) via the Component cable, or (up to) 5.1ch Dolby Digital or DTS (or 2ch digital LPCM, in some cases, also surround encoded most of the time) via the aforementioned "Toslink" Optical Digital Out jack. Unfortunately, you cannot get 7.1ch audio (via 'Uncommpressed' multi-channel LPCM, or the new 'Lossless' audio formats; Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio) via the "Toslink" Optical Digital Audio jack, you can only get those via an HDMI cable (with the PS3). Some standalone players do have 5.1ch or 7.1ch analog (RCA/phono 'style') jacks, for those with older A\V recievers/pre-amps without HDMI jacks, but with multi-channel line in jacks. I guess Sony figured that most PS3 owners already have A\V recievers/pre-amps with HDMI in (and support for 7.1 ch audio) or plan to get one soon after getting their PS3s, and figured "legacy" support for 2ch 'matrix' surround and 5.1ch ("discrete") DD/DTS was "good enough" for those that care less about "top notch" or "cutting edge" sound.

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RustEDalex
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 2:33:01 PM
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And what about that 400GB Blue-ray disc that they just came up you could with tons of games in it and like fifty-seven and a half xbox 360 games

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TGG
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 2:51:28 PM
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I looked at the website and the Sony 550 scores better than the PS3.

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dveisalive
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 8:53:38 PM
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If you dont have a PS3 by now you are missing out!

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cadpig
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 10:51:16 PM
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That's great news...Now bring the prices down on HD televisions.
I use my Pc monitor to play my PS3

Multi-platform games are going to be the law of the land. Nobody is sticking to any one platform besides first party developers. Microsoft sees the writing on the wall and will counter Sony's major selling point with a bluray player for the xbox 360. With in the next two years.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 2:50:09 AM

Just what people need, to have to buy MORE things to get any functionality out of 360 :)

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Zorigo
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 6:43:42 AM

Sony own bluray, no way would they sell to MS one of their big selling factors. that would equalise the competition between 360 and ps3 and sony are a company, they are money making people and most definitely aren't idiots. They would never sell BLURAY drives to MS. Too much of a slip for the ps3.

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dveisalive
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 12:35:25 AM
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look for those who cant afford HD TV's. Just buy a HDCP capable monitor and you just save 700-5,000 dollars just to play in 1080p. Then all you need is a DVI-D male to hdmi male and your set, and the monitor I have is a 20 in wide screen LCD Dell monitor, plus my PS3 etc.... oh yeah who even buys Blueray movies, I mean I rather buy video games for those prices anyways!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 2:50:47 AM
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My standalone BD player takes like ten years just to open the disc drive, WTF man.

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Zorigo
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 6:44:28 AM

a standalone player seems like a waste to me.

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Zorigo
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 6:41:28 AM
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i knew this from the begining. it's so worth it.

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daus26
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 5:11:17 PM
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Yea, the ps3 turns on like 5 times faster than most blu-ray players, as well as disc loading. My Kung Fu panda bd took forever on my sony bdp s-300, but in the ps3 it went a lot quicker.

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cadpig
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 10:31:33 AM
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Sony does not "own" Bluray.

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NetheRealm
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 11:16:50 AM
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Yes it's great while it lasts unfortunately my 60gbs blu ray died after a year & a half & I had to exchange it for the 160. No b/c now but the blu ray works great again. But for how long I wonder... for how long?

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PaiNT_kinG
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:48:15 AM
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cool,=)

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AceTatsujin
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 11:43:27 PM
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PS3 = Future Gaming & True-Definition Movies.

Who doesn't agree?

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THEVERDIN
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 12:31:09 AM
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Yeah. one thing not mentioned was the ability to update the firmware. I have afriend that has to download a file burn it to a disk and then load it in his blu-ray player to update firmware, what a hassle.

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