First Pix, Now DivX on the PlayStation 3

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A forthcoming system update for the PlayStation 3 will allow users to play back DivX-encoded video files, DivX, Inc. has announced.

No specific date was provided as to when consumers can expect to receive DivX functionality. Developers are currently able to make use of the technology care of the latest PS3 software development kit, version 2.00 of which was released November 2.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3," said DivX CEO Kevin Hell. "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."

From The Chatty

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    November 13, 2007 6:31 AM

    As soon as it does XBMC in HD, sold - even for 1000$

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      November 13, 2007 6:52 AM

      i agree, except not for quite so much money :D

      if i knew that XBMC was available for the ps3, i would go buy one after work today
      but since it isnt, no ps3 for me

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      November 13, 2007 7:00 AM

      Wouldn't you want it to play H264 in an .MKV container as well?

      Closed devices seem shit for video playback to me. There's always some new codec or container that ends up causing problems or making you compromise on how you view things. HTPC or bust, I say.

      (I also like that I can play .wmv, .mov, .flv (YouTube), and so on on my TV as well... DivX playback is nice and all but it doesn't cover all the bases and nothing over than an open platform with lots of codec support ever will.)

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        November 13, 2007 8:01 AM

        That's why he said he wants it to use XBMC, which is an open source media player (Xbox Media Center) and supports every codec known to man. I'm in the same boat too, I want XBMC on a device that can do HD. I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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          November 13, 2007 9:09 AM

          Oh, totally. I misread abrasion's post.

          XBMC is excellent.

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      November 13, 2007 7:41 AM

      Would having to boot to Linux on the PS3 be an acceptable solution for you? Because with the move from the Xbox to Linux for XBMC, and the work being done on accelerating playback on the PS3, it's going to be feasible soon.

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        November 13, 2007 1:12 PM

        Yes that is definately an option if they make it work JUST like XBMC in HD