Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 5th Jan 2008 04:08 UTC
Multimedia, AV While this might be a bold statement, all things point to this. Blu-Ray was already winning in market share slowly but surely, and today's Warner decision to go BD-only puts the final nails into this HD format war as Warner is the biggest movie distributor. The HD-DVD Group didn't seem to know about Warner's decision and they canceled their CES conference out of the blu tonight, amidst making vague references to possible legal action. My take: I wish Blu-Ray had a region-free policy like HD-DVD does. Living in USA today but one day moving to Europe, it will have an impact in my media library.
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RE[4]: Blu-Ray eh?
by flanque on Sat 5th Jan 2008 08:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Blu-Ray eh?"
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

I tend to agree with this. I simply do not want a lot of devices cluttering my entertainment space, so if I can pay a relatively small amount to get access to HD movies in small form factor, compared to either a very large PS3 or an entire new BD player in addition to my Xbox 360, then I will go with the add-on device.

Ideally it'd be nice to see Microsoft sell Xbox 360's with HD-DVD drives as standard, but I doubt that'll happen.

Edited 2008-01-05 08:23

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RE[5]: Blu-Ray eh?
by kaiwai on Sat 5th Jan 2008 08:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Blu-Ray eh?"
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2005-07-06

Ideally it'd be nice to see Microsoft sell Xbox 360's with HD-DVD drives as standard, but I doubt that'll happen.


Well, there are rumours they might do a refresh; I'm surprised they haven't done that yet, or bought in a 'XBox 360 HD Deluxe Pack" loaded with an DVD drive pre-installed along with 5 free movies (or something to that effect).

For me, I'm looking at getting a Nintendo Wii; what would really kill the BluRay is if Nintendo and Microsoft work together and come out with an HD-DVD drive for Nintendo - then Nintendo start releasing HD-DVD games for it.

Edited 2008-01-05 08:35

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RE[6]: Blu-Ray eh?
by aliquis on Sat 5th Jan 2008 14:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Blu-Ray eh?"
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2005-07-23

lol, and why the f--k would Nintendo fit the drive of the failing format in the Wii? Not to mention 8.5GB of storage space in a console which is more or less a Gamecube which only had 1.5GB of storage space is plenty. All the textures and stuff will be smaller on the Wii so why would it need HD-DVD or blu-ray? Not to mention it would raise the price aswell.

Craptastic HD-DVD/Microsoft fanboy.

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RE[6]: Blu-Ray eh?
by johnboyholmes on Sun 6th Jan 2008 00:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Blu-Ray eh?"
johnboyholmes Member since:
2005-11-16

But selling HD players is the last thing MS & Nintendo want to do. The want to sell games and make money off the software. Software is where they recoup their margin.

Their hardware has never been very profitable.

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RE[5]: Blu-Ray eh?
by tomcat on Sat 5th Jan 2008 20:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Blu-Ray eh?"
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2006-01-06

Ideally it'd be nice to see Microsoft sell Xbox 360's with HD-DVD drives as standard, but I doubt that'll happen.


If MS chooses to do this, though, I hope that they maintain two separate products: One with a standard DVD drive and one with the HD-DVD drive. The reason is that price is an important factor with game consoles. In my opinion, people aren't buying the PS3 because it's too darned expensive. Sony really screwed themselves by tying the BD-Drive to the console. Of course, the choice of games isn't that great, either, but I think that game makers have already done the math based on projected sales and figured out that PS3 is a long-range market loser.

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RE[6]: Blu-Ray eh?
by archiesteel on Sat 5th Jan 2008 22:10 in reply to "RE[5]: Blu-Ray eh?"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

but I think that game makers have already done the math based on projected sales and figured out that PS3 is a long-range market loser.


Uh, no, they haven't. Xbox360 has the upper hand now, but PS3 will be increasingly attractive as more exclusive content is available for it (MSG4, anyone?). The main problem with the PS3 is that it's harder to develop for than the Xbox360, which means lots of games were delayed while developers rushed to make their game engines work on Sony's new console. Now we're seeing to see the results, too late to overtake Microsoft, but still enough to guarantee a solid userbase. This is *not* a "winner takes all" industry!

The last round of console wars showed us there was enough room for three (but not four) consoles. I don't expect this to change. As for BR vs HD-DVD, the latest announcement by Warner indeed signals a clear advantage for Blu-Ray. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Blu-Ray add-on for Xbox360 in stores for Xmas 2009...

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