Divx comes to PS3
Apparently this is a big deal, but DivX is working with Sony to bring their file extension to the Playstation 3. According to Ars Technica, Divx and the similar XviD codec is the de facto video format for online video. They go so far as to say it’s the “MP3” of video. I must be crazy because I thought “MP4” was the “MP3” of video.
Seriously, I’m a pretty tech-savvy guy, but I haven’t downloaded a DivX file ever. I think I downloaded one XviD video once and found it too much of a pain to install the right codecs to bother with it. Is it really “de facto?” I could have sworn AVI and MPEG-4 were the video formats of choice – certainly at the websites I visit they are.
But apparently this was something a lot of people asked for from Sony and even from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 that they’ve added support. I don’t know anyone that uses DivX. I know pretty much every DVD player in existence supports the format but never figured out why (kind of like why PCs come with COM ports still).
But that’s the news, DivX and XviD are supported by the PS3. For those of you that actually use those formats, knock yourself out.