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PlayStation 3 Hardware

[Update: here’s a link about Sony’s plans for BD drives. A device like this will be in the PS3. ]
[Update: Here is the formal announcement of the PS3’s support for BD-ROM.]

While this article at PS2 IGN contains no facts, it certainly does contain a lot of conjecture. It takes a look at what kind of technology may get stuffed into the PS3. The PS3, of course, is the next-generation PlayStation gaming console from Sony, which will compete head-to-head with the next Xbox, whatever it’s name may be. (Oh, and while I called the next gaming console from Sony the “PS3”, that name is not official. That’s just what everyone is calling it now.)

We know that the games for the next Xbox will support HD. Which is a great thing. (Really!) So is the same going to be true of the PS3? The PS3 will have a Blu-ray drive as its optical storage format. Blu-ray discs can hold a LOT of data. 25GB single layer, 50GB on two layers (see the Blu-Ray FAQ). Blu-ray was conceived to play HD movies, though nothing is stopping people from putting out standard definition content on Blu-ray discs (as far as I know). It looks like HD games are possible on the PS3. So some developers will be publishing HD PS3 games. But the question then becomes: will Sony mandate developers to support HD in all their games? I certainly hope so. I have a nice HD television whose abilities will be wasted if that’s not the case. If you know anything, please reply to this topic.