Yes, these things should have been there from launch. Yes, I'm too thrilled with the addition to worry about that.
We’ve been waiting a long time for this, over a year in Japan and the US and nine months here in the UK, but the PlayStation 3 finally has DivX playback. Yes you did just read that; the feature that should have been on the console at launch has finally made it, bringing it into line with the recent update which enabled DivX playback on the Xbox 360.
Anything encoded with DivX versions higher than 3.11 at 6.8Mbps or less and (of course) resolutions up to and including 1080p in AVI format will be playable on the console, although copyrighted content and files larger than 2GB in size are also on the exception list. With less fanfare perhaps, but with great appeal to many, Microsoft’s VC-1 codec is also now supported by the PS3 in the form on WMV files.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Sony has also updated its best-selling Blu-ray player to conform to the Profile 1.1 standard about which I keep harping on – and the only one currently available to buy in the UK if my memory serves me. This means that it will be ready to play back all the funky new media, which will hopefully appear soon with picture-in-picture, online features and so forth.
In case I didn’t make this clear, I am much pleased by this update because it allows me to gladly rescind some of my criticisms of Sony made in our recent article on how to get some use from your PlayStation 3. No longer is a complicated Linux installation required to get the best use from your console. In fact, my only gripe with the update is that it doesn’t appear to be available in the UK right now, although I expect that to be rectified later today once the Americans and Japanese have had their fun.