The PS3 will soon support DivX format files!

My decision to purchase a PS3 has just taken a giant leap up the “good move” ladder today as the folks over at Kotaku.com have confirmed that the PS3 will soon gain DivX support:

DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION®3

DivX Ecosystem to Expand Significantly with PS3

TOKYO & SAN DIEGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIVX) today announced that DivX® video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified® products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

“We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. “Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format.”

I’ve been playing around with the streaming media function on the PS3 since I got it, but it doesn’t currently support DivX and that has limited its usefulness to me. I discovered that I could use Nero MediaHome to do real-time conversion of DivX files into a format the PS3 could handle, but it wasn’t an ideal solution as there ends up being some lag between when you start a video and when it actually starts playing. Once it’s going it’s pretty good, but there’s a noticeable pause or glitch every so often in the video stream so I’ve not bothered to use it much.

With direct support for DivX files the PS3 will probably come into heavy use as a streaming media device once the next season of Torchwood, Doctor Who, or The IT Crowd starts up.