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[4]: Bluray eh?
by tomcat on Tue 7th May 2013 01:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Bluray eh?"
tomcat
Member since:
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[5]: Bluray eh?
by WorknMan on Tue 7th May 2013 01:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Bluray eh?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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


Eh, I've watched movies before on Youtube in 360p. Standard def does not bother me ;)

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RE[5]: Bluray eh?
by REM2000 on Tue 7th May 2013 08:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Bluray eh?"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

depends on the TV and Bluray player. the PS3 does a good good of upscalling DVD's, if your TV is a modern LCD/OLED then that too does a good job with the picture.

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RE[5]: Bluray eh?
by moondevil on Tue 7th May 2013 11:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Bluray eh?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Who needs HDTV?!

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RE[5]: Bluray eh?
by Earl C Pottinger on Tue 7th May 2013 19:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Bluray eh?"
Earl C Pottinger Member since:
2008-07-12

For a properly mastered DVD the quality may be affected more by the cabling than the disk.

Tried playing one DVD at a friend's house and the picture was garbage on their 56 inch plasma display, but then I noticed they were using cheap RCA <-> RCA cables.

Turns out the player had HDMI available and we swapped cables. We also tried out a regular TV.

1) HDMI gave a far better pictures but the fine detail also let us see faults (usually in the FX) that we could not see on the TV.

2) The TV gave us a nicer to look at picture on the RCA <-> RCA cables than the plasma display since there were far fewer hard edges in watching the display.

I expect with HDMI and a smaller flat screen display the DVD would had look very good to us too.

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RE[5]: Bluray eh?
by Yoko_T on Wed 8th May 2013 00:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Bluray eh?"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"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.
"

Hey pinhead, there is no quality HDTV period. You're *STILL* watching the same crappy Sporting Events,TV Shows and Movies you always were, you're just stupid enough to actually pay *MORE* to do so.

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