This week's news that Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming console will be the first Blu-ray DVD player to receive Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 (BD-LIVE), a feature that enables gamers to download extra content via the Internet, was greeted with approval from home integrators.
"Having the format war end is a very good thing for the industry," said Wireless Home president Matt Peters. For the Naples, Fla-based home integration company, Peters said it's important to be able to confidently recommend the format that will bring highest resolution content available today.
"In terms of the interactive elements available through network products like the PlayStation 3 offering, it's too early to tell how influential that will be," he said. "But as we're watching the trends in the industry, internet-connected devices are likely to be competing more regularly with online downloads as a format."
Support will be initiated through a firmware update later this month. Sony said users will need an Internet connection and at least 1 Gbyte of local storage to download and access BD-LIVE features. The update allows move studios to offer special and exclusive content to their titles. Sony announced two titles, the sci-fi thriller The 6th Day and recent comedy release Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Both titles will offer content not available on the discs.