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Can the PS3 play HD-DVD’s?

It is common knowledge that in standard guise the PS3 is a Blu-Ray and DVD player, and does not play HD-DVD discs, as supported by major console rival the X-BOX 360. But, could new aperture settings allow the PS3 to play the rivals format?

Both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD lasers have the same laser wavelength, but just read at different aperture sizes. It is not beyond scope that the PS3 could allow further changes in the aperture to cover the range required for the HD-DVD format. After all:

If a Blu-Ray laser can change aperture to read a regular DVD, then why can it not be modified to read a HD-DVD disc?

It would seem that there is a lot more to simple firmware updates to allow the PS3 to play HD-DVD discs, and although SONY do make HD-DVD players through sister company NEC, it would seem logical that they do not want to undermine their Chief in the Format war.


However, it is not beyond the capability of the PS3 to hook up to a USB HD-DVD drive, like the X-Box 360 offering, to play HD-DVD discs, but this leads to the obvious question of why would you want to? Here are a few comparison tables:


ROM single layer:

ROM dual layer:

RW single layer:

RW dual layer:

Highest test:

Theoretical limit:

23.3 / 25GB

46.6 / 50GB

23.3 / 25 / 27GB

46.6 / 50 / 54GB



Single layer:

Dual layer:

Highest test:

Theoretical limit:






Blu-Ray HD DVD

Microsoft Video Codec 1 (aka VC1, WMV HD, etc.)

H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC


Microsoft Video Codec 1 (aka VC1, WMV HD, etc.)

H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC


Blu-Ray HD DVD
Mandatory HDCP encrypted output

ROM-Mark watermarking technology

BD+ dynamic crypto (physical layer)

Advanced Access Content System (AACS)

Mandatory HDCP encrypted output (for HD)

Volume identifier (physical layer)

Advanced Access Content System (AACS)

Studios (movie and game) listed as supporting members

Blu-Ray HD DVD
20th Century Fox

Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Electronic Arts

MGM Studios

Paramount Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Walt Disney Company

Vivendi Universal Games

Warner Bros.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment

New Line Cinema

Paramount Pictures

The Walt Disney Company Exclusively Blu-Ray now, thanks bliztix

Universal Studios

Warner Bros.

Format founders

Blu-Ray HD DVD
Sony Corporation

Royal Philips Electronics

Toshiba Corporation

Hitachi Corporation

Updated: Is it curtains for the HD-DVD format?


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  1. bliztix November 16, 2007

    I do believe that Disney only supports Blu-Ray now.

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  3. limpbiz November 16, 2007

    I think Sony have the Movies pretty much sewn up now

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  5. betamax November 17, 2007

    Nah, i think both formats will do well for a while, then one will have the edge and be the winner overall - very much like the 80’s BETAMAX / VHS battle…

    BETAMAX was superior over VHS too, cept for massive tapes and top loading decks, pic quality was much better… think SONY owned them too…hmm.

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  7. L4nce December 16, 2007

    Really, two massive companies. HD DVD has most of the pr0n industry, but sony produces a ton of next gen alone. Blueray is better, HD DVD is cheaper (barely). This wont end very soon.

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  9. Jasonic December 26, 2007

    I doubt very much that this is a win/lose battle - where the losing format will not see the light of day again (like BETAMAX & VHS), but a forever on going battle like plasma & LCD…….
    ………. Especially with Pioneer & LG creating players that support both Blueray & HD formats

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  11. Rambus January 3, 2008

    I think that Sony should for once play ball, and stop coming up with a “NEW” format or standard every time.

    During the 80’s it was the Betamax, in the 90’s the mini-disk. Now for the PSP it is the UMD and the memory stick, this is also for the cameras.

    With so many good standards, Sony is always bringing out a new incompatible standard so if we like to use Sony, we’ll need to buy new stuff from them. I don’t like this one bit!

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  13. Geo November 13, 2009

    New psp go doesn’t have a UMD drive anymore..

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  15. umut December 23, 2009

    i think it depends on blu ray writers and empty blu ray discs price if they become cheaper sony will kick the road…

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  17. christian June 30, 2010

    Whats wrong with having both formats.I have blueray and hd players.Hd is just as good if not better than blueray.I have one blueray film and have 10 hd and will buy more hd. And i think the sound Quality is better on hd.

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  19. Shamoy January 17, 2012

    HD DVD is abandoned now. Cuz Blu-ray is BOSS

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