Sony Unveils Blu-ray Recorders With “Toshiba Killer”

Posted by Mehar Gill on September 3, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Hardware

Yes, that’s right folks Sony too has created a upscale chip that will rival the Toshiba Resolution+ chipset, the CREAS chip is what they call it. Along with unveiling CREAS, Sony also announced a new line of Blu-ray recorder’s in Japan. The recorder’s are to hit store shelves in Japan (No US release date has been announced) this fall and will be packing the following:

  • 6X Drive
  • BD Live
  • CREAS Technology
  • DRC-MFv3 image processing (high end models)
  • Ability to transfer content to, PSP, Phone, and Walkman

Now onto the important stuff, what is CREAS and what can it do?

CREAS is basically Sony’s version of Toshiba’s “Blu-ray Killer” chip, here’s what CREAS sports:

  • 14 bit “HD Reality enhancement”
  • Super Bit Mapping for Video

Now the million dollar question, is it better then Toshiba’s technology? At least this player is able to playback HD content, the XDE is able to playback no HD content. Would it really have been to much to ask Toshiba for WMV HD or DivX HD support?

No VHS playback included? Fail!


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7 Responses to “Sony Unveils Blu-ray Recorders With “Toshiba Killer””

  1. Bigdmelt12 on September 3rd, 2008 3:40 pm

    why would sony come out with this. what about blu ray

  2. Mehar Gill on September 3rd, 2008 3:40 pm
  3. Mehar Gill on September 3rd, 2008 3:41 pm


    Hmm that was weird, well heres what I was saying:

    ….what about Blu Ray?

  4. Bigdmelt12 on September 4th, 2008 1:48 pm

    I feel like the focus would be to get blu ray more mainstream with lower production costs of the players and movies to make people just forget about upconversion which i have seen and looks nothing like a good hd movie.

  5. Mehar Gill on September 4th, 2008 1:49 pm


    I guess now it’s really become about whats in the box so to speak, some DVD titles will never get a HD releases so people who want to enjoy those titles could buy a Blu Ray player and get some sort of better picture with either Resolution+ or CREAS.

  6. ljh6789 on September 5th, 2008 7:34 am

    One of the things missing from BD has always been a quality upconvert for SD. It would seem that this will address that issue and will be welcomed if the implementation passes testing muster at such places as “secrets”

  7. Tyler Pruitt on September 5th, 2008 5:45 pm

    @ljh6789 -

    The older Samsung BD-P1200 and the new BD-P2500/2550 have the HQV REON scaler chip.

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