Current Blu-ray players will be rendered obsolete by the end of the year. The Blu-ray disc association, in an effort to realize the hitherto unseen potential of the format, has mandated that all BD players going on sale after October 31 must offer fully-functioning BD Java, in order to deliver PIP interactivity. Frustration comes from the fact that BD releases have failed to compare to current generation HD DVD discs. The inability of Blu-ray players to run BD Java and go online with BD Live is frustrating studios eager to build next generation functionality into their products. Unfortunately, this attempt to effectively finalize the format may be coming to late for the format’s early adopters. Currently, even the PlayStation 3 is unable to offer PIP via BD Java and no stand-alone designs have the ability to go online with BD Live.
First generation players can have their firmware updated via disc; however such updates alone may not be enough to maintain hardware compatibility with advanced PIP platters. Machines need a minimum of 256MB of persistent memory storage to run the feature. Players with an Ethernet connection for online interactivity are required to have 1GB of memory, to store and buffer downloaded content.