After nearly a month of news that continuously made the PS3 look like crap, a beacon of light has appeared. Granted, it’s some rather inconsequential good news, but I think Sony should take what they can get.
It’s looking like, of the next-gen consoles, the PS3 might have a more robust DVD-playing capability than that of its Xbox 360 opposition. According to ArsTechnica:
We put a movie into the 360 and started watching Bob the Builder save Christmas. Of course, after a few minutes it jammed up and gave me the “OMG THE DISC WON’T PLAY” achievement notification that the 360 pops up when your disc has a scratch or two on it.
Frickin’ discs from the library. It’s like they let just anyone check ‘em out.
So on a lark I moved the disc over to the PS3, and to my surprise it played fine. The rest of the movies did as well. All the discs that the 360 choked on, the PS3 played without a problem.
I seem to recall similar results between my PS2 and Xbox, largely due to the fact that the Xbox was built with a really crappy DVD drive while Sony had put some quality equipment into their console. If anyone knows for sure, I’d like to get a comparison between the two consoles’ optical drives before I start spouting theories like that conspiracy nut who lives in the dumpster next to my building.
Does the PS3 have a higher tolerance for scratched discs? [ArsTechnica]