Sony unveiled a new Blu-ray player which is cheaper than the PlayStation 3 console. The new Sony BDP-S300 is expected to retail for $499.
The new model can output 1920 x 1080/24p high-definition video,
currently the highest resolution high-definition signal available through
an HDMI(TM) connection. The player supports various video formats,
including MPEG2, MPEG4- AVC and VC1.
For those who own an HDTV set without HDMI, an analog component output
for 1080i (interlaced) is available as well.
The new BD player is compatible with most standard DVDs and has the
added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI to 1080p capable HDTVs,
improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries.
The model also supports AVC-HD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC)
technology, a new international standard for wide color space. The standard
expands the current data range of video approximately 1.8 times allowing
the player to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the
human eye can actually see.
The new BD unit incorporates BRAVIA Theatre Sync utilizing HDMI
connectivity, which integrates the operation of the player with a
compatible BRAVIA flat-panel LCD television or audio/video receiver. With
the touch of a button, you can automatically turn on and switch inputs to
match connected devices.
Additionally, the player offers multi-channel linear PCM digital audio
output via HDMI, and can decode Dolby(R) Digital Plus, providing optimum
surround sound to an appropriately equipped receiver. The unit has optical
and coaxial digital audio out, along with 5.1 channel decoding capability
for backward compatibility with existing receivers.
It also supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD Media, DVD video and DVD playback from
DVD/DVD+R/+RW encoded discs, CD playback, as well as MP3 audio files and
JPEG images stored on DVD recordable media.