PS3 to play DivX

Support for popular file-transfer codec to be added to Sony's console as part of future firmware update.

In June, Sony tweaked its firmware 1.8 update for the PlayStation 3 to include AVC High-Profile format video. The file-compression technology allows files to be played using the form-fitting MPEG-4 format, and allows for faster streaming of high-quality video.

Today, DivX Inc. announced that its eponymous technology will also soon be supported on Sony's PlayStation 3. DivX video compression and decompression technology has become a popular medium for transmitting media files over the Internet due to its ability to balance quality with low bitrates leading to smaller file sizes. The functionality will be added to the PS3 "in the future" as part of an upcoming firmware update.

Although PS3 owners were already able to stream videos from their PCs to their PS3s, the latest update will enable the system to view clips in the DivX-encoded format. No specific uses for the codec were noted as part of today's announcement, but DivX did say that support was included in the PS3 software-development kit version 2.0, which was released to development houses on November 2.

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Tebbit
Tebbit

Wait, so DivX is on my playstationright now? Not just in the dev kits? This I gotta see. . Also, I worry about how they are gonna incorperate an ingame XMB, because occasionally when I have music playing, a game downloading and an web page up, it'll tell my I dont have enough ram. Some clever memory allocation ahoy!

mark_unix
mark_unix

felshs in the winter i can leave my heater off in my small PS3 room, because it heats up an entire room "that's how good the cooling system in the PS3 is getting hot air out". it's wicked silent especially when you compare it to the first PS2 and Current xbox360.

Merl57
Merl57

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felshs
felshs

maybe its just mine, but my PS3 is make 5 time less noise than PS2, but the hot air flow from the back as soon as its start running, feel like a portable heater run on low settting.

felshs
felshs

its take so long to download an update for PS3, it take almost 1 hours, installation only take like 5 minutes.

xophaser
xophaser

I just tested some old divx videos and it worked.

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

PS3 is an incredible machine and slowly but surely non-belivers are finding out the many functions and amazing games it has and will have...Just keeps getting better and better... Now I wish we (US/Canada) could have the DVR function that the asians have....did you guys see the IPTV video for the PS3...maaannnn, I wish we could do that here...stupid north american cable companies...all a monopoly!!! Imagine using your PS3 as a PVR as well...WOW...lucky koreans!!!

tiago97
tiago97

PS3 is getting better and better......

renatito15
renatito15

this is nice and all but i think that most people will rather get in game XMB

drewcal58
drewcal58

Why are there so many reposts?

drewcal58
drewcal58

About time I hear some good news for the PS3. Wish my Xbox 360 would play DivX, I have to use my old Xbox for DIvx still. XBMC is pretty sweet though.

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

Great! DinX is awesome! Sony fanboys/M$ hateers be good Sony loyalist and download this NOW! A great website to play DinX movies is Stage6.com!

m14c79
m14c79

DivX = Pirated Movies and Porn. Congrats Sony on teh Blu-Ray tech.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Why is GameSpot site so ****ing terrible lately?! I post and that little wheel of circle dots shows up and keeps going around and around and around... then I hit refresh to see the post finally made it up. What's up with that? Everybody must be on vacation 'cause they finally got rid of the last poll after it'd been up for almost 2 weeks.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

good thing people picked up on the fact the submit button dosent work, otherwise I would have submited that like 5 times. :)

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

this is great, even more functionality to the ps3.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Yuck_Too: "I've been streaming content from my PC to 360 including DivX." Yeah, the difference will be that you WILL NOT need a PC to do that with the PS3. Once, you connect the PC to the 360, it's not really a 360 feature anymore because it is not supported by the 360 on it's own. Yeah, thank your PC for those extra features.

Autolycus
Autolycus

hey moderators, you need to fix your submit button. people keep double posting because it doesnt show anyone that its alrady been submitted, the little java progress things just keeps cycling.

StillWingless
StillWingless

:D yay! think of all my new pirating possibilities!

StillWingless
StillWingless

:D yay! think of all my new pirating possibilities!

Autolycus
Autolycus

phew, maybe sony is starting to see that blu-ray isnt needed.

enoslives7
enoslives7

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Autolycus
Autolycus

Good move on Sony's part. I would sense a lot of people pulling their pud on their couch now, instead of on their desk chair!

enoslives7
enoslives7

Since there are no good games out, at least ps3 owners can watch porn.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Since there are no good games out, at least ps3 owners can watch porn.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Alright! Now some of my porn files will work!

lrsp
lrsp

This is sweet!

darkride66
darkride66

thekey. That's funny, I understood that Mircosoft didn't officially support DivX. Oh, that's right. They don't. Yeah, you can do it if you really wanted to, but at this point DivX support on the 360 is something that has not been confirmed by Microsoft (although it's been rumored). I've seen some of the "easy" step by step guides to make this happen. Yeah, quite a bit different from actaul support for the format.

lrsp
lrsp

This is sweet!

grosgrostas
grosgrostas

Wow finally I have such a large librairie of Divx content ,that would be awesome!!!

thekey
thekey

This is good PS3 news but this is old news to 360 owners who been doing this 2005. Phazevariance "Microsoft is falling behind on codecs at this point in time, so hopefully they will have a 360 update to add things like DivX and x264 (WITH 5.1 audio and not stereo only) but in the mean time, good going Sony, something right for a change." What ever that means?

Macri
Macri

Finally!! I no longer have to scared to hit a button on the controller for fear of losing my place and starting the video over (Tversity on-the-fly conversion). We'll be able to fastforward and rewind!! WOO HOO!!!

grosgrostas
grosgrostas

Wow finally I have such a large librairie of Divx content ,that would be awesome!!!

grosgrostas
grosgrostas

Wow finally I have such a large librairie of Divx content ,that would be awesome!!!

grosgrostas
grosgrostas

Wow finally I have such a large librairie of Divx content ,that would be awesome!!!

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Not sure what you mean by MS is falling behind...I've been streaming content from my PC to 360 including DivX. And if you have Vista or MCE it's got even more features.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Microsoft is falling behind on codecs at this point in time, so hopefully they will have a 360 update to add things like DivX and x264 (WITH 5.1 audio and not stereo only) but in the mean time, good going Sony, something right for a change.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Microsoft is falling behind on codecs at this point in time, so hopefully they will have a 360 update to add things like DivX and x264 (WITH 5.1 audio and not stereo only) but in the mean time, good going Sony, something right for a change.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

@blowoutcomb333 yea, i remember the boring times with my 360 and what Live was like 5 years ago.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Microsoft is falling behind on codecs at this point in time, so hopefully they will have a 360 update to add things like DivX and x264 (WITH 5.1 audio and not stereo only) but in the mean time, good going Sony, something right for a change.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Keeps getting cooler...

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--blowoutcomb333 -- "ASSASSIN'S CREED REVIEWS PS3 PWNZ 360 IN FRAMERATE" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are few differences between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. PS3 owners are blessed with a slightly more solid frame rate, although the 360 version features a little more contrast in the lighting, so it's pretty much a wash. --GS Review ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is the new's flash though...this is all about the PS3 supporting DivX...go blather on about that stuff in the forums instead of off topic posts here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --Pudgieluv -- If you're streaming content from your PC why in the world would you buy a external HD to do the same thing...pointless

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

nice addition. Is a PS3 DVR system soon to come?