When Sony’s PlayStation 3 first came out there were limited titles for the console and even a Blu-Ray player inside that was a year ahead of its time. Despite being overly expensive in its initial run, the original Blu-Ray player was actually sold at a loss because it was relatively new technology. Now that the rest of the industry has caught up to Sony’s forward thinking you can buy the high definition and higher density DVDs everywhere.
With the new gaming chips that Sony used when they initiated sales of the PS3 nearly four years ago, the new disc storage medium was taken to a new level despite it being the progenitor of next generation of home movie experiences. Now that the technology is cheaper, the PS3 has dropped 40 percent in price from its original tag of $500 and now sells for $300.
As far as being ahead of its time, Sony has done a great job of selling the Blu-Ray idea. Even though we’ve only had our PS3 for two years (we waited for more games), every movie we watch on our flat panel television is fantastic. Hooked up to our surround sound speakers and we literally have a movie theater at home. With DVDs coming out four and five months after first runs in the theater we are going out to see movies less and less.
Newer slim models have quieter running players but ours we barely notice since we usually hear the movies. The Lord of the Rings films which recently were released on the new format is one example I love to use as the contrast to the new tech versus the old. What a difference! Not only is the screen image sharper but the computer generated graphics which were already top-notch are done even better in high definition format.
We’ve not had an experience with any other Blu-Ray players but the upgrade from traditional DVDs is well worth it. Sony has always been on the cutting edge of technology and we have two other Sony Blu-Ray players in the house in additional to the PS3. The PS3 model, even though it is two years old, still works better than the six month old players we have in other rooms. Hooking up speakers to the PS3 is fairly simple and it works with just about any speakers but as you can imagine we have Sony speakers that are made by the same company to have a seamless experience.
When you buy a Blu-Ray player you generally get what you pay for. Don’t buy cheap or a no-name brand and go with something reliable. Sony’s players are top notch since they were the first to market and sell Blu-Ray disc players but especially get at least one integrated into a PS3. They are worth every penny.