By supporting the DivX codec
, Sony hopes to add to the media center qualities of the PS3. Now, users will be able to play HD
content on their PS3 without having to invest a large sum of money on a Blu-ray burner.
DivX has the advantage of being a cheap, and largely open, standard. DivX and XviD
are one of the most widely used video formats on the Internet, predominantly by pirates who swap files on torrent sites.