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SCEA: Blu-Ray "Gaining A Lot Of Traction" For PlayStation 3

Many will claim that Sony used the PlayStation 3 as a sort of Trojan Horse for Blu-Ray but these days, after Blu-Ray has already secured the HD format victory, the situation may have actually reversed.

As reported by VG247, SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller said that thanks to the rising Blu-Ray market and the consumer's connected interest to the PS3, hardware sales should benefit. Said Koller: "We are looking at a general move by the consumer to understanding the complete value of the PS3, inclusive of Blu-Ray is really gaining a lot of traction for us." He said Sony expects sales of the next-gen console to rise 15% this year in comparison to fiscal 2008, and he also added that the PSP's Remote Play feature will help boost handheld sales as well. The PS3 will also get help from plenty of great software, produced by both first- and third-party developers, and Koller says the "lineup's very strong." We won't argue with that, nor will we argue with the idea that Blu-Ray should have a positive impact on PS3 sales. The only thing stopping it from having a more marked impact is the fact that the system remains somewhat expensive, and standalone BD players have dropped a great deal over the past few years.

Anyway, there's no doubt that Blu-Ray is a driving force for the PS3 and as it begins to eat into the DVD market a little more, and more people desire high-definition in their media viewing, it should translate to a continual rising of hardware sales.

4/8/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Scarecrow
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 10:32:55 PM
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Movies these days suck, that's my biggest problem with "blu-ray movies"

But yes, blu-ray for games is super

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:14:58 PM

Yes movies these days are terrible that's why I am hoping day release all of the classics to Blu-ray.

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JasperLoons
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:35:31 PM

Juan, have you watched any older movies on blu-ray? I have been reluctant to buy any, because I didn't know if they could actually upscale them to blu-ray quality.

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:49:13 PM

I saw top gun on blu ray...it was kind of disgusting...you could see the sweat just pouring off the characters faces..kind of a case of too much HD..lol.

But then there's been other movies where you don't notice much difference at all. The only ones I buy on Blu ray are the blockbusters like Batman and 300...they look amazing on it.

Oh and if you're into animations and CG's definitely. I rented Ratatouille with my girfriend when we first got the PS3 and the amount of detail you could see was crazy.

Last edited by CH1N00K on 4/8/2009 11:49:49 PM

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:57:04 PM

@ JasperLoonsYeah
I re bought Poltergeist and texas chainsaw massacre the first and I was impress to the point that I really looked like a recent movie.That's why I want all my favorite movies re-released.

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JofaMang
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 1:24:05 AM

The film that most movies are shot in is MUCH higher natural resolution than current standards. Although randomly chaotic in nature (film is not produced with rows and columns of particles) the equivalent resolution far surpasses any sort of display short of an Analog projector like what you find in full size theatres.

When producing BD versions of movies, they actually remaster the film to suit the resolution, from the original film. Classics released on BD should almost always be true HD quality, and not just a pre-upscaled version of the DVD.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 2:55:51 AM

@ Scarecrow

Hmmmm well yes Hollywood films due, but not all do, Foreign films seem to be hitting the marks recently, though i do like Sam Mendes.

(BTW, Why the f*** is my reply all the way down here??)

Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 4/9/2009 2:56:56 AM

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JasperLoons
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:19:22 AM

Cool, thanks Juan and Jofa. Maybe I will finally buy A Clockwork Orange next time I see it. I'm tempted every time.

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godsman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:18:37 PM

Movies aren't filmed in DVD formats. If movies are meant to be played in big screen theaters, i think scaling down to 1080p should be good in any movie.

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Morals
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:15:21 PM
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Cant wait to get 4 layer blu-rays going.

the possibilities are more endless then they already are.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:17:59 PM
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Yeah, you just can't do squat with 9 gigs anymore. It's pretty laughable really.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 11:58:45 PM

C'mon be nice you are going to make the 360 owners feel bad.

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Andysw
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 6:06:43 AM

At juandhexen:
So? That means they know they can get higher definition out of the playstation 3. That's good if you're into movies.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 12:40:52 AM
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@JuanDHexen: Ha ha ha nice one!

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OriginalSin
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 1:30:17 AM
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I think Blu Ray for movies is great. Even if most movies these days suck, you can always build a collection of the great ones. So far I only have The Dark Night, Iron Man, and The Matrix Trilogy, but Ill hopefully be getting other great movies like Apocolypto, Kalifornia, Natural Born Killers, The Lost Highway, FF Complete,300, Dead Space etc. Just hope I can find them somewhere. It's nice having all your favourite movies on Blu Ray.

Just hope that people will start realizing that buying a PS3 is way more worth it than just buying a stand alone Blu Ray player. That way the PS3 sales will shoot through the roof.

And whenever the price drop happens it'll leave the 360 in the dust and even start eating away at the Wii's success as we can already see the Wii has had it's phase but without ANY software it won't go for long. The PS2 is now taking the "shine" away from the Wii...

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Cavan
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 1:38:50 AM
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ive got godfather and goodfella's on blu ray, def worth it, makes everything much more clearer, but also its worth noting that its worth the purchase to have better sound also.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 2:54:25 AM
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Well of course it makes sense, why pay out for a Blu-ray player when you can get a PS3 for pretty much the same price, i remember the serve not long ago confirming the PS3 had the best Blu-ray Player anyway. i have 5 Blu-rays (Which are all of Stanleys Currently Availible, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket & Eyes Wide Shut.) Though to be honest i used the DVD player much more, i have over 350 - 400 DVDs, which are fine for me, especially due to upscalling.

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Deadman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 3:00:36 PM

I was wondering how you could be a Kubrick fan and still talk down about Blu-ray thanks for clearing up that at least you got those on BD, No lie Ive watched Clockwork at least twice a year after I read the book when I was 16 but I finally saw the film last october when I got the BD. More often I find older films from the 70's and 80's more detailed oriented and they just POP when veiwed in HD.
Lumet is another that has some great films to watch in HD.

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hobgoblin
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:03:31 AM
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I tend to buy blu rays for films that I really enjoyed and would like to see in better quality. Bought Zodiac (US version) recently and was really impressed with the picture quality and the fact that majority of extras were hd as well. Unfortunately, here in the UK, I've yet to see any blu-ray specific ads so to me they're not really pushing the format at all.

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Acehiroku
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:11:37 AM
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I know Mel Gibson has his share of screw-ups, but his latest movie, Apocalypto on Bluray is awesome, with HD quality picture, you really get drawn in on all the action and adventures. IMO, the best possible experience on Bluray I had so far are animation movies, they just POP out of the screen, I can't see that with any live actors movie, maybe it's due to the camera thingy, dunno, not really a techie guy. On topic, I knew it since the early time Bluray format was announced that it will take over DVD market share really fast, especially now with most HDTV price going down and more people realizing the true potential of PS3.

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Mujy786
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 6:02:06 AM
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My Blu Ray List:
Matrix TRILOGY BOX SET
Spider Man TRILOGY BOX SET
Planet Earth BOX SET
DIE HARD QUADRILOGY BOX SET
DRAGON WARS
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
CASINO ROYALE

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Havoc
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:57:43 AM

Dragon Wars is the worst movie ive seen in a long time. It was torture and you should do yourself a favor and destroy it.

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Alienange
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 6:32:19 AM
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They could have made BD just for games and I'd be happy. Having BD movies is kind of a bonus for me. I wasn't thinking movies when I got the PS3, I was thinking huge high def games.

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rell
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 7:12:25 AM
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More good news for Sony awesome. I want future technology not old tech.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:01:26 AM
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More evidence of Sony's long term view, and of how Sony is the *only* video game console maker who actually bothered to bring HD to the party.

We were told during the run up to the launch of the 360 and PS3 how this 'next generation' thing was all about HD. Sony really bought into that message and put their money where their mouth was with BluRay. Microsoft on the other hand offered mere lip service.

Nice to see BluRay paying off for Sony.

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Deadman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 3:12:56 PM

Not true at first M$ offered a HDDVD player add on to the 360 and now they have HD Netfix movies to stream, but I do believe its to late in the game for sell another add on when the 720 is rumored to come out in 2010 but cant imagine them not wanting to make more money

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Highlander
Friday, April 10, 2009 @ 12:52:09 AM

Um....no. Microsoft eventually brought an HD-DVD drive as an external accessory, not exactly putting their money where their mouth was. As for HD downloads, yeah, I want to spend 4 times longer than it takes to watch a movie just to download the thing, and everyone has multi-terabyte HDDs to store all that HD media right?

Regarding HD streaming or downloads. a) bandwidth is not there except in spots here and there, nor will it be in the next 5-10 years, b) BluRay already uses aggressive compression to compress the actual HD video into 50GB, if you further compress that video source to get it into approximately 5GB, you lose a tone of quality - and there is simply zero argument against this, it's pure math, c) people in rural areas and other unconnected locations will always require a disc format.

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RustEDalex
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:06:05 AM
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BD movies are great but I just wish they were a little cheaper that why I always buy used BD movies for 8-15 dollars in pawn shops

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Cavan
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:25:05 AM
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Mujy786

Dragon wars??? oh dear that is the worst film ever made, i only watched it kos it was so so bad it made it funny, i hope you got that blu ray free??? lol

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:28:52 AM
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Doesnt beat the epic 'MAMMOTH!' about a giant Mammoth in urban times cauaseing a rampage in the city....

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JofaMang
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:39:23 AM
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My wife made me buy Twilight on BD. /sigh

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yak4life85
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:49:34 AM
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I only buy blu-ray action and animation movies. They look the best. Bought Kung Fu Panda recently and I was amazed how good it looked.

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bearbobby
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 2:57:52 PM

I can attest to that, Kung-fu Panda looks awesome in Blu, funny as hell too. :)

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godsman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:25:23 PM

Definitely, it's pretty pointless to watch a drama or romance in HD, when the quality doesn't matter..... I would be half asleep to notice the fuzziness.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 1:52:46 PM
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A BluRay version of a Movie on a 40+ inch 1080p screen at home is as good or better looking than the movie at the theater. If the theater has digital projection things are usually pretty good, but the actual screen resolution of the projector often isn't much better than 1080p, and unless they've done a good job setting up, the focus could be a little suspect. If your local theater has yet to go digital, then you're left to hoping the print is clean and undamaged and that the projectionist has bothered to focus the projector correctly. By the time you have thee people going to see a movie (e.g. parents + 1 child) you're paying more for tickets than you would buying the BluRay at full price.

So, why not stay home, put the BluRay in the PS3, and microwave the popcorn. You could even order in pizza and still spend less than you would at the theater. Plus you have your own home comforts and more than likely better visual quality than the theater.

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godsman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:21:35 PM

When blu-ray was released, they have been advertising it as... "almost like theater experience".

Anyway... if only new movies come out on Blu-ray at the same time, i would give up going to theaters

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godsman
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 5:21:47 PM



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BikerSaint
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 3:32:00 PM
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Just got a PS3 so my Bluray collection's quite sparse at the moment....but I'm
hoping to find some more "brick & mortor" stores that sell used Bluray's cheap.

Got "The Punisher" new at Walmart for $10

Found "The Patriot" & "Tropic Thunder" used
at CD Exchange Warehouse for 8.99 each

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