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Friday, August 11, 2006

PS3 Won't Play Blu-Ray?

I'm not quite following here:

Vincent Bautista, Sony's product manager for data storage, told that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format.
-- Boing Boing: Blu-Ray PlayStations won't play Blu-Ray discs

If this were true, then the Blu-Ray cartel would have to go down as committing the biggest fumble in entertainment history. To shoot Sony in the kneecaps with the most accessible consumer product for their format would be a serious blow to Sony and a fatal blow to Blu-Ray. To quote Blackadder, they slipped while shaving and stabbed themselves in the chest with a butcher's knife.

Here is the thing. And I don't want to accuse people like Boing Boing of lousy reporting. Heaven forbid. But here's a simple way of vetting a story like this.

1) Go to the article:,39029405,40091720,00.htm

2) Hit "Find" on your browser.

3) Type "PlayStation"

4) Hit enter.

5) Realize that the word "PlayStation" never appears in the article.

People. This is beyond ridiculous. It's now going beyond stupid. I mean, first I'm to believe that the PlayStation 3 will write to unwritable BD-DVD's. Now, an article about a specific drive by Sony for the PC market means that the PS3 won't play movies?

Sorry. Not buying it.

UPDATE: Boing Boing has now corrected the post. Cory Doctorow, for which I certainly have a bit of respect, states he misread the original article.

No offense, Cory, but I think "didn't" read is a bit more accurate.

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