An onslaught of Web-enabled Blu-ray titles could prove an important weapon in the format war, as the HD DVD camp has touted its own networking abilities as a key advantage over Blu-ray.
Studio executive panelists as well as manufacturers speaking at the High-Def 2.0 conference acknowledged the current absence of BD-Live players. Yet, Sony and other studios anticipate that the PlayStation 3 will soon become one such player, likely through firmware updates, as the console already allows users to download game-related content.
Both Lionsgate and Sony Pictures fully expect the PS3 to become a Profile v2.0 BD-Live player via a firmware update sometime next year. A firmware update to give the PS3 a Profile v1.1 (PiP) upgrade is schedule for the end of December.