About time the price started to fall a good whack on these things, Sony have just revealed plans to intro a new cheaper Blu-ray player in the near future. The current offering from Sony (BDP-S1 Blu-ray player) goes for a whopping $999, well out of the reach of most.
However, the upcoming BDP-S300 will be up for grabs at a far better price point with not only all the functionalities of the BDP-S1 still there, but also with the added ability to play CDs too. Cost? $599. MUCH better, though buying a PS3 is obviously still the most sensible way to gear up for Blu-ray for now.
The BDP-S300 will bring standalone Blu-ray players in line with the market's current cheapest way to watch Blu-ray movies-the PlayStation 3. Even at $599, the BDP-S300 won't be the cheapest entry fee into the next-generation format. For $499, a consumer can buy Blu-ray functionality in the form of a 20GB PlayStation 3, which boasts nearly equal Blu-ray performance to standalone players.
At half the price of Sony's $999 standalone player, home theater fans may be finding the PS3's video playing bang-for-buck irresistible. According to Sony VP Randy Waynick, "Eighty percent of people who buy a PS3 also buy Blu-ray movies to go with it," which could help account for Blu-ray's recent surge against HD DVD.