Sonypalooza, Pt. 1: Blu-ray!

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If you thought Sony's $300 gaming monster, the Playstation 3 Slim, was the only new Blu-ray Disc player in the company's bag this season, you were wrong. Sony has just announced the BDP-N460, an all-new Blu-ray player with a slimmer price tag and broader home theater features than the PS3.

For starters, the BDP-N460 can stream Netflix video, a feat the PS3 has yet been unable to achieve. It supports Deep Color and x.v.Color, and can decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. While it doesn't feature the wireless Internet connectivity of the PS3, its Ethernet port is built to work with Linksys' Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge for easy Wi-Fi setup.

Even with all of these features, the BDP-N460 hits the new "sweet spot" of $250, a full $50 cheaper than the PS3 Slim. It ships in October.

Will Greenwald

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