Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th May 2013 19:11 UTC
Games Good news by Ars' Peter Bright. "According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next Xbox, 'Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet.' It continues, 'There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.'" Conveniently 'leaked' of course.
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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by Moochman on Mon 6th May 2013 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
Moochman
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2005-07-06

Now days, it will be like 'well of course it has a bluray player! Why wouldn't it?


True. It's pretty much too late for the Bluray to actually be a major selling feature of the next Xbox, but it doesn't hurt. ;)

Also let it be noted that I am a huge fan of Bluray, especially now that prices have come down to "normal" levels and a lot of stuff has been remastered for the format. If you have an HDTV and care even a little bit about picture quality, yet you still don't have some kind of Bluray player, you are really missing out.

Edited 2013-05-06 21:48 UTC

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RE[3]: Bluray eh?
by WorknMan on Mon 6th May 2013 21:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Bluray eh?"
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2005-11-13

I was pretty much forced, kicking and screaming, to the BR format when studios started releasing movies with special features only on blu. As a whole, I prefer DVDs because:

- DVDs are less expensive
- DVDs load faster
- They're easier to rip
- They're easier to play on PCs and consume less resources doing so. If you want a hassle-free experience with BR, you pretty much have to pony up for AnyDVD HD. And I can't use a f--king mouse to select menu items on BR either.

Plus, a lot of BR discs don't have support for auto-resume, which nearly invalidates the entire format, as far as I'm concerned. Who was asleep at the wheel when that decision was made? This should've been built into the spec from the VERY BEGINNING. (Of course, DVD doesn't have this either, but it's pretty much standard on most modern players these days.)

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RE[4]: Bluray eh?
by tomcat on Tue 7th May 2013 01:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Bluray eh?"
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2006-01-06

As a whole, I prefer DVDs because:

- DVDs are less expensive
- DVDs load faster
- They're easier to rip
- They're easier to play on PCs and consume less resources doing so. If you want a hassle-free experience with BR, you pretty much have to pony up for AnyDVD HD. And I can't use a f--king mouse to select menu items on BR either.


You must be watching them on a low-res TV, then; because DVD quality is utter cr*p on HDTVs.

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RE[4]: Bluray eh?
by dulus on Tue 7th May 2013 07:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Bluray eh?"
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2006-07-14

PS3 has autoresume on DVD and BR.

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RE[4]: Bluray eh?
by Moochman on Tue 7th May 2013 22:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Bluray eh?"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

You make good points. It also pisses me off when there are menus on Blu-rays that you can't skip over -- they tend to be long and extremely irritating to a greater extent than DVDs of yore. But Blu-rays also have some additional advantages (other than the obvious image quality advantage):

-(this is a big one for me) Something like 50% of Blu-rays are region-free
-They are relatively scratch-proof (extra protective coating) = you don't need to be as paranoid, and there will theoretically be a good future used Blu-ray market (although the death of the video rental shop may make this point moot)
-They are capable of interactive content (this may be good or bad depending on your perspective)

As far as your argument that DVDs are "easier to rip and play on PCs", that's just how technology works, you have more data you're dealing with so of course your computer takes longer to process it. I'll gladly take that tradeoff for better picture quality, especially considering that I watch 90% of films directly on my TV via the PS3. Anyway, I assume the primary reason for ripping is to watch on other devices, and theoretically at least, UltraViolet is supposed to be the savior there.

But I guess it depends what type of person you are. For me I only actually buy physical copies of movies (as opposed to streaming or whatever) for films that I feel really deserve it from a picture quality/film quality perspective -- and then, I want to watch it in the very best quality possible.

Edited 2013-05-07 22:46 UTC

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