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Sony introduces pricy BD-S5000ES Blu-ray Player at CEDIA Show

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329w ago - It's appears the pricy Pioneer BDP-09FD now has some competition from Sony.

Sony surprised the industry at the CEDIA consumer electronics show in Denver by introducing expensive new Blu-ray players instead of cheaper ones. One of the new models is the BDP-S5000ES which will be offered worldwide in December for $2,000.

Andy Parsons, senior VP of product planning at Pioneer Home Entertainment Group and U.S. chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Assn. Promotions Committee, said that "Blu-ray player sales were 50% ahead of total 2007 sales."

Parsons also countered reports that said sales weren't meeting expectations, and said that any problems in meeting expectations were due to supply shortages.
 

Pioneer unveils new BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player that crushes the PS3

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331w ago - According to Gizmodo, Pioneer's new Elite BDP-09FD $2,200 Blu-ray player kills the PS3 as far as Blu-ray is concerned and other media generally. It's got the lot - "Pioneer finally accepts the Need for 2.0.

This will come with Ethernet and be fully capable of BD-Live playback, no firmware updates needed at the get-go. Unlike other BD-Live players, which require SD cards, this one comes with 4GB of internal memory for downloads."

To quote: Cooler to me are the two HDMI jacks on the back. It's a first for a Blu-ray player (or PS3), and it means you can hook up the same player to both your projector and your flat-panel display without a splitter or some on-the-fly rewiring.

You can even split it up so that HDMI 1 only does audio, while HDMI 2 does video, freeing up more video bandwidth, especially in those pesky longer cables that might get a bit choked. The HDMI can detect the source, and automatically determine what audio and video to send over.

Obviously, some people are going to be content with their PS3s for the time being (after all, they are only $500, a small price by comparison). And Walker acknowledges that speed is always going to be the saving grace of the game console. ("If we were to build a Blu-ray player around an Intel or Cell processor, we'd have those kinds of...
 

PS3 is Criterion Collection's Blu-ray player of choice

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332w ago - The movie experts over at the Criterion Collection, known for their Laserdiscs and DVDs of unparalleled production values, uses the PlayStation 3 as their reference Blu-ray player.

Considering their other equipment, which includes "a Denon AVR-3808CI receiver, an Axiom Epic 80/500 speaker system, an Anchor Bay DVDO VP50 Pro video processor with HD SDI option," this is quite an honor for the PS3.

No one is actually surprised by this though, even as just a plain-ol' Blu-ray player, the PS3 has been rated quite highly. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the PS3 allows for firmware upgrades for any functionality tweaks. Oh yeah, and games!

This October, Criterion will also begin releasing movies on the Blu-ray format, and we are simply quivering with anticipation.
 

2-Player Pong v1.0, Snake v1.1 and PS3 News RSS Reader out!

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335w ago - For those following, you can Launch Java Homebrew from the PS3 XMB... since then, others have been making various BD-J games and apps for the PS3.

Dragula96 has released a 2-Player Pong v1.0 and Snake v1.1 homebrew game, and Ihatecompvir has shared with us a PS3 News RSS Reader for PS3. Be sure to check our ongoing BD-J Homebrew thread for the latest releases.

Finally, in the ongoing Possible attack vector through BD-J Forum thread RexVF5 has been progressing with BD-J development... if you are into BD-J stuff it's worth checking out. Enjoy!
 

First look at MAG, PS3 online shooter supporting 256-player battles

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336w ago - Rade Stojsavljevic (MAG Sr. Producer) gives us a first look at MAG today. The respective title is a new online shooter due for release in 2009 where up to 256 players wage battles as 8-person squads in what is deemed as a new and unique world.

To quote: Recently we had the incredible opportunity to share with you a first look for the MAG project at the SCEA E3 Press Conference. We're thrilled with the early responses from everyone and have been amazed at all the creative speculation about the game.

If you haven't seen the news, MAG is a new online shooter coming in 2009 where up to 256 players wage battles as 8-person squads in a new and unique World. You can watch the press event here or download it from the PLAYSTATION Store.

Though it's early to talk in depth about MAG, we can definitely quell some fears we've already heard from you about how MAG will need to compromise on gameplay to support its size. Well, it may be massive but it is an action shooter at its core. You can run around and shoot enemies, throw grenades, and drive vehicles just like any other shooter except with MAG you'll do it with up to 256 players.

The team at Zipper was one of the pioneers of online gaming on consoles with the SOCOM franchise and they've used this knowledge to create...
 
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