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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by hopkins_student, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Joffrey

    Joffrey Stylish Dinosaur

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    I think Blu-ray will ultimately win this format war. ONE, its more advanced as comapred to HD-DVDs stop gap approach. And TWO, it is the player that will run on the PS3. 'Nuff said.
     


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    I am rooting for BluRay also, it's far more advanced than HD-DVD. And future generations of BluRay will have mutiple layers, so we are talking about several hundreds of GB in one disk. HD-DVD doesn't have that kind of capacity to expand.
     


  3. Joffrey

    Joffrey Stylish Dinosaur

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    question though, will Blu-Ray be backward compatible with normal DVDs?
     


  4. von Rothbart

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    I understand that BluRay players can play DVDs but regular DVD players can't play BluRay disks
     


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    I understand that BluRay players can play DVDs but regular DVD players can't play BluRay disks

    If regular DVD players could play BluRay disks, they wouldnt charge $1000 for a BluRay player [​IMG]
     


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    If regular DVD players could play BluRay disks, they wouldnt charge $1000 for a BluRay player [​IMG]

    The prices will come down, just wait and see.

    Jon.
     


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    If the PS3 sells well it could push Blu-Ray over the top. Also, I'm already seeing some pre-ordering being taken for the Samsung Blu-Ray player.
     


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    I don't understand the appeal of the PS3: it's more of the same. The Nintendo Wii will be interesting.

    --Andre
     


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    The prices will come down, just wait and see.

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    DVD players debuted at $700 about 9 years ago, now less than $100 for a Japanese name brand or $50 for a Chinese-made generic brand.

    HD-DVD may have a head start being hit the market first at $500 vs. $1000 for Blu Ray. But BluRay will eventually win out HD-DVD.

    I can see TV studios will repackage their shows by putting, for example, a whole season of "24" into one BluRay disk at regular DVD resolution for convenience. Or over several disks at HD.
     


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    Sony announced its releasing Blu-Ray discs before they release the Blu-disk player...

    Jon.
     


  11. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Sony announced its releasing Blu-Ray discs before they release the Blu-disk player...

    Jon.


    Yeah, but a (panasonic?) player came out last week. Before the first disks which came out on tuesday. So its not like you can't watch them if you want. Personally I'd wait until they work all the kinks out of the players before I settle on one.
     


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    I hope Blu-Ray wins..
     


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    I don't understand the appeal of the PS3: it's more of the same. The Nintendo Wii will be interesting.

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    I agree with you. I believe we're in the minority. We'll see what ends up happening, however. We may be the majority after all. Xbox 360 is really underwhelming.. I think the huge sales are going to come with the two new systems this year.
     


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    The Ninetendo Wii is fantastic with that virtual controller, but Sony stole some of their thunder by offering something similar with their controller. It's all going to boil down to what titles are available. In the past, a majority of people viewed the Ninetendo titles as mostly being aimed toward younger players.
     


  15. Tokyo Slim

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    I don't understand the appeal of the PS3: it's more of the same. The Nintendo Wii will be interesting.
    The best part about it is that its "more of the same". You don't argue with sucess. At the end of 2005 the PS2 had sold 101.37 million units worldwide capturing something along the lines of 70% of the world console market. It has the widest selection of games (which probably won't change with the PS3, since it has the most developers in production), it has more games that people will buy due to name brand/game history/fanboyism than any other console. (Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear, Tekken, etc.) Its traditionally been the most polished and well designed platform for multiple types of games. The dual shock controller is by far the best controller for any game console to ever be released IMO. Sony can't use the dual shock anymore, due to the lawsuit over the rumble mechanism, but don't be suprised if the new controllers look and operate very similarly to what you are used to with the dual shock. (the boomerang controller that everyone has seen isn't a finalized thing yet, it was a "concept" from what I've read, but look at the buttons, they are all in the right spots!) Plus the gyroscopic directional control idea stolen from the Wii. [​IMG] Plus it is the only console to be completely HARDWARE backwards compatible with all the previous games. The XB360 can run a software emulation of the original xbox, and you can play some of the old games that way, but it takes up too much of your hard drive and processor capability to do it that way. The Wii will be able to read gamecube disks, which is nice and supposedly you will be able to download "classic" games from NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis, and TurboGrafx 16 onto the Wii, which in theory rules, but who knows which games, how much of your paltry 512mb internal flash memory it will take up, and if the games will even be playable with the (Wii)erd controller. The main problem that I have with the Wii is that its an unknown quantity. Nintendo has basically thrown all the rules out the window and decided to go a completely opposite way from PS and Xbox, which is great, and I give them a thumbs up for trying, but if it doesn't work as well as advertized, or if the games for people OVER 10 years old are an afterthought like they were with the Gamecube, The Wii is in trouble. I'll reserve my final judgement until after it comes out, there are some things that I'm looking forward to playing with, and I hope its as cool as everyone thinks its going to be... but dude... the gamecube controllers were by far the worst controllers out of the three last gen consoles. I mean, the Xboxes original controllers that were the size of a steering wheel were better than the seemingly random mishmash of different colored and sized buttons, weird analog joystick, and etc. that were on the GC. Ugh. Anyhow. I'll probably be buying a PS3 and a Wii, if it rules and there are some more decent games for it.
     


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