PlayStation 3 just took a huge leap in the gaming world, over the Xbox 360, and snagged the best experience on a videogame console affiliated with Netflix. The new Netflix application for PS3 just came out a week ago, and you better believe I am utilizing it on my PS3 at home. It basically enables me to watch my Netflix movies without a disc. My wife loves it. Some movies will even stream in 1080i HD and 5.1 digital surround sound. Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” streaming-video feature has been available for PS3 for nearly a year, but it required a Blu-ray disc in order to access the service that you constantly had to keep inserted into your PS3. So you’d have to switch it out every time you wanted to stream a movie versus play a game. Now, you can run the app, and toss the disc in the garbage. Netflix says you don’t even have to send it back because it’s no longer of any use.
Netflix has continually brought streaming service to practically every device with a screen and has always made it better. This app for PS3 stands out because Xbox users don’t have 1080i or surround sound, and Wii users have only now added search to their service, which still requires a disc. Adding media services has also added to the rivalry between the gaming console companies. In addition to the videogame consoles, Netflix can now stream to personal computers on Windows and Mac; TiVo, HD, Roku, Logitech and Apple TV boxes; Windows Phone 7 and all iOS devices; and a wide array of net-connected TVs and Blu-Ray players, including those using Google TV.