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Sony and Panasonic Propose Blu-ray Disc Capacity Increase 500°
January 6, 2010 // 6:32 am - Sony and Panasonic have developed a new technology that will allow the layer capacity of Blu-ray disc to be increased from 25GB to 33.4GB per layer.

Apparently, exisiting devices would just need a simple upgrade to read all 33.4GB or 66.8GB per disc.

To quote: "Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have developed a new optical disc evaluation technology that will allow the layer capacity of Blu-ray media to increase from 25GB to 33.4GB using existing Blu-ray laser diodes.

This would presumably allow existing Blu-ray hardware - including Blu-ray Disc...

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District 9 with God of War III PS3 Demo - Own it NOW on Blu-ray 400°
December 22, 2009 // 10:09 pm - As previously reported, today SCEA's Product Marketing Specialist Ken Chan has announced that fans can now own the new District 9 with God of War III PS3 Demo on Blu-ray disc!

To quote: Adding to my Christmas Wish List this year (Hint to any of my family and friends reading this blog) is long awaited Blu-ray release of District 9.

Starting with a gorgeous 1.85:1 1080p transfer,...

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Final 3-D Blu-ray Specification Announced, PS3 is 3D Compatible 550°
December 17, 2009 // 10:03 am - Considering all of the press Sony has already got for PS3 3D gaming, it's no surprise that the PlayStation 3 meets Blu-ray 3D compatibility specifications as announced by the BDA (Blu-Ray Disc Association) today.

Press Release from (linked above): The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the "Blu-ray 3D" specification.

It leverages the technical advantages of the BD format to deliver "unmatched picture quality"...

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Universal PS3 Blu-ray / DVD Hybrid Discs Launching in 2010 300°
December 2, 2009 // 11:14 pm - Universal Studios is preparing to launch its line of Blu-ray / DVD hybrids known as 'Flipper discs' in 2010, which could benefit Sony's PlayStation 3.

For those curious, the hybrid discs hold a Blu-ray film on one side and a 9GB DVD version on the other.

To quote: "The technology allows a single disc to offer a 50GB Blu-Ray version of a film on one side, and a 9GB DVD version on the other. It's a plan by Universal (and most likely the rest of the Blu-ray Consortium) to increase the adoption of Blu-ray HD films by giving consumers the option to future-proof their...

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Video: Sony PlayStation 3: It Only Does Blu-ray Movies 550°
November 20, 2009 // 10:12 pm - Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille has unveiled a new video from PS3's ad campaign today entitled 'It Only Does Blu-ray Movies.'

To quote: Next week's Thanksgiving holiday marks the kick-off to the traditional retail holiday selling season. It's a key part of our year as many people who may not be hardcore gamers begin their research for the hottest gift items. Naturally, we expect the PS3 to be on a lot of those lists this year.

This holiday's PS3 campaign marks one of our most aggressive approaches in terms of...

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Rumor: Nintendo Wii 2 with Blu-ray and 1080p Coming in 2010? 400°
October 28, 2009 // 7:26 pm - According to Artik of French site, the Nintendo Wii 2 is allegedly set to arrive in 2010 and include Blu-ray and 1080p support.

This rumor appears to stem from an internal source of the marketing department at Nintendo France, however, little information is available to substantiate it unfortunately.

To quote from Ripten (linked above): "It could be that it wasn't posted on the French site itself although that wouldn't make much sense.

All in all, the rumored "leak" states that Nintendo is working on a Wii sequel with the following:

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God of War III PS3 Demo to Be Included on District 9 Blu-ray Disc 250°
October 28, 2009 // 11:14 am - Included on the District 9 Blu-ray disc available on December 29th, Sony has added a PS3 demo for God of War III for those who don't plan to check out the God of War III PS3 Demo on PSN.

Also included on the Blu-ray disc is a "Making of God of War III" video that becomes available once gamers complete the demo in its entirety.

To quote: "The Blu-Ray release of District 9, due December 29 (a bit later than the God of War Collection), will include a playable demo of God...

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PS3 Devs Seeking Dead Blu-ray Drive From Firmware 3.0 Update 700°
October 14, 2009 // 11:38 pm - Recently Sony became involved in a class action suit over PS3 Firmware 3.0 issues.

The PS3 Devs are currently seeking someone to donate (or sell, if necessary) a PS3 Blu-ray drive that is confirmed to be dead from the v3.00 Firmware Update that Sony recently pulled.

It would also help if those who can't offer their dead drives could reply with their...

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