Playstation 3 three to five times cheaper than stand-alone Blu-ray disc players
The first Blu-ray players to become available in the US have been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Pioneer BPD-HD1 will be priced at around $1800 when it comes out on the market in May.
Samsung’s BD-1000 is scheduled for a spring release and will cost around $1000.
In comparison, Sony’s Playstation 3, which also plays Blu-ray movies, is expected to go on sale for $399.
The CES has seen the unveiling of the first Blu-ray players to come out in the US. While it is good news that a release date has finally been scheduled the proposed cost of the players must be a concern.
The Playstation 3 will be able to play Blu-ray discs and it is rumoured to be priced at $399. Even if it is more than that, it certainly will not be more than $1000 – unlike the Blu-ray players, which are expected to be at least that amount.
It raises the question – why would anybody purchase a Blu-ray player if they can get a Playstation 3 for less than half the cost?
Not only does the Playstation 3 play Blu-ray movies, it has the obvious advantage of being able to play next-generation games.
And while people might argue the Blu-ray players may come out earlier than the Playstation 3, with such a limited selection of movies available it makes little sense to buy one for such an extreme price tag considering the alternative.
By Blake Hurley, PS3Focus.com writer