DivX support to be added to the PS3

Written by Joe Martin

November 14, 2007 | 11:26

Tags: #codec #playstation-3 #ps3 #xvid

Companies: #divx #sony

A press release sent out today tells that Sony is now officially working to incorporate DivX codec support into the range of features on the PlayStation 3. The effort further expands the appeal of the console as a hub for media content and not just a games platform, especially when you consider that pricey little Blu-Ray player too - though we can think of a few better things to do with it.

There's no date on when the codec will be officially supported by the console, but Sony is obviously keen to get it done as soon as possible.

There's over 100 Million DivX devices already out there in the wild and the PS3 update is set to see that number increase dramatically as soon as Sony gets it working. Unfortunately, DivX certification has a rigorous testing program to ensure good quality video playback and which could slow down the schedule a little.

On the plus side, it means it should work like a dream when it does finally launch.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format."

So, the question is this: Does DivX support make the PS3 a more attractive option to you, or do you still prefer your Xbox 360, Wii or PC? Let us know what you think on the forums.
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