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Sony shrinks Blu-ray laser

Could reduce cost of PS3 in future.

Sony has teamed up with tech company Nichia to develop a smaller, cheaper Blu-ray laser unit.

The unit is just 3mm thick and will start appearing in Sony laptops later this year. According to, it can handle dual-layer Blu-ray discs and discs made with organic dye.

Course, a cheaper laser unit could be used in PS3, too, and Sony could reduce the cost of the machine as a result - though nothing's been announced so far.

Equally unfortunately, we could not think up a way to do a "shrink ray" joke despite both elements appearing in the headline. We will tender our resignation. We do not accept it. Continue.