You may have caught the news from Comic-Con that VIZ Media’s catalog (via their new app Neon Alley) and the Crunchyroll app would be debuting on the Playstation 3 this fall. Great news for anime fans who want to watch their latest streaming shows on their HDTV, but that’s not what I wanted to bring up. IGN recently took a look at Crunchyroll’s app, and while the app seems to have all the necessary features, it lacks in one prominent area: it can only play video in 480p. Hopefully this will change before release!
Given that they already have 1080p streaming for many titles on their site, I’m not sure what the reasoning is behind limiting users to 480p. Perhaps there’s some legal tape on Sony’s end or technical issues with Crunchyroll’s setup, but I hope they figure out a resolution (hah!) for this problem sooner or later. Maybe VIZ’s Neon Alley can use this as a leg up?