PS3 getting DivX and free DivX Pro for PC too

DivXThe Xbox 360 has it. And now the PS3 has it too–but better. What we’re talking about is DivX–a codec (compress/decompress) program that can squeeze video data into very small chunks while still allowing for high visual resolution playback.

The difference between the Xbox 360 DivX and Sony’s implementation of the codec is that the PS3 DivX is certified, which means it has full functionality to play all DivX files while the 360’s range is limited.

This compression scheme is perfect for in-game cut-scenes because it takes some of the load off of the processor which means better load times and less power used for processing video–at least that’s the theory.

The new DivX feature will be in a future PS3 firmware update but Sony has released no date for the upgrade as of yet.

There’s good news for PC owners too. Currently, you can download the DivX Pro bundle for free via their special holiday download period. Normally, the program costs $20, but the DivX team is kindly offering it at no charge for a limited time. If you’d like a copy, go to their official website here.

[via tech.blorge]


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