Sony reduces BD lasers and cost effectiveness
- Posted January 25th, 2008 at 17:40 EDT by
- 18 Comments
After CES there has been no doubt in the minds of many that the Blu-ray format is ready to take the limelight and produce for the next generation of movie watching and game playing. The possibility of offering less expensive BD players through the consumer market is obviously something Sony feels is necessary to do in order to expand their already strong hold on the market even further.
They’ll now hopefully be able to do this as they’ve finally figured out a way to shrink the Blu-ray reader from its current size. Sony has recently developed a BD reader that is a mere 3mm in size. This would make it even small enough to comfortably fit in laptop drives as well, even further expanding the potential behind the disc format. With the shrinking of the reader, it will allow not only for thinner drive bays, but will essentially give Sony the ability to drastically lower prices on their future models.
These small little readers will also have the capability of reading dual-layered BD’s with organic dye in the recording layers. Discs of this type can even be produced from the standard DVD production line, which only adds to the reasoning of cost effectiveness. The ability to put more players into more homes is obviously always a good thing for not only the company at hand but for the formats supporters as well.
- 12:58pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Sounds good, though I doubt that the price drop will be pass on to use for a while. once the War is officaly over I'm sure they will keep the price up, because they will be the only HD option, then after a while it will come down.
- 12:58pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Good stuff. Maybe this is why they are pulling the 80. They can outfit the new model with this reader and have a 120 gig ps3 for 399.
- 1:26pm EST - January 25th, 2008
I like I doubt that the price cut will be passed on to us for a while. Once this war is over they will have the on HD option out there, so I'll bet the price stays up till a good percent of people have one, then it will come down more.
- 1:30pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Wow. BD produced from dvd production lines. More expensive to manufacture? I think not.
- 1:40pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Does that mean the current BD readers aren't able to read organic BDs? Because I don't wanna shel out another $399 for something we should already have...
- 1:45pm EST - January 25th, 2008
THis goes both ways in helping/hurting the PS3.
It can cause not as many PS3's to be sold, as there will be cheaper Blu ray players out there.
But it can also cause the Blu ray format to win more quickly, which will cause massive sales for the PS3.
I guess it's a win win situation, huh?
- 3:07pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Maybe this will lead to newly designed PS3's, PS3 SLIM :)
- 4:12pm EST - January 25th, 2008
wow this is so exiting! GO SONY!!!
- 4:13pm EST - January 25th, 2008
psn id: gingo... so this means cheaper blu rays i'm all for that because at the moment they are slightlt to expensive
- 6:09pm EST - January 25th, 2008
i already knew this was going to happen, but i thought it would've been before christmas. oh well better late than never.
- 7:28pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Umm, Alienware has been able to put Blu-ray drives in their laptops for some time now.
- 8:11pm EST - January 25th, 2008
@amras i doubt sony will do this.sony accutaly cares about their customers unlike microsoftand
- 11:07pm EST - January 25th, 2008
Although I think this huge for Blu-Ray and will help improve support and adoption, this means that if they start releasing players with this new reader and then making movies with organic dye to lower production costs, then the PS3 and other current BD players will not be able to read those movies... WOW, THIS REALLY SUCKS!!!!
- 12:22am EST - January 26th, 2008
Sony reduces cost effectiveness? - ha ha Mr Muppet strikes again.
- 3:44am EST - January 26th, 2008
like amras said the lower price won't pass on for a while yet and when that happens you'll see these standalone bu-ray players slowly drop in price. While it effects standalone players, it only allows cheaper production of the PS3, meaning this can be past on to the customer. Its the blu-ray drive that keeps the PS3 price up, so when thats cheaper to manufacture, it means a price cut of he PS3. So the PS3 can stay as the cheapest player or there abouts.
Sony has many viao laptops with intergrated blu-ray readers for sle, it just means they can fit the drives in easier.
I wouldn't know if PS3 and other players could read a blu-ray disc with organic dye? I'm sure Sony hasn't made a blunder? I would imagine the disc would be read. I use MAM's dvd dscs and it has a gold dye rather than the normal purple dye and all my players including my PS3, and other peoples players read these discs fine. Maybe it doesn't matter what dye it has?
- 5:46am EST - January 26th, 2008
I think Panasonic reduced their bluray drives about one month ago.
- 11:53am EST - January 26th, 2008
Mm can't say hope it works out because were very limited on features now is the ps3 as part of a blu-ray player.
- 1:05am EST - January 28th, 2008
and when are they going to reduce the price for bd films?
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