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Vista Hits, Sony Kills Blu-ray, the Birth of Megatasking

When the security industry itself is saying it needs massive help, the only thing that can be done is to change how the game is played. While there are a number of compelling benefits to Vista, the big one is that it gives the security industry a chance to get ahead of the wave.

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MicroGamer3909d ago

Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Somebody call 911. I'm laughing so hard I forgot how to breathe!

DJ3909d ago

But could you provide the actual sales figures of the drive?

BIadestarX3909d ago

It is selling out. that's a fact. after going to gamestop for 1 week I finally found one. I cast my vote on favor of HD-DVD today (and 3 of my friends that also own 360). The reason why you don't notice it's simply because you don't want one or care. Not everyone is like you DJ.

big_tim3909d ago (Edited 3909d ago )

When Sony announced the inclusion of blueray, the MS fanboys jumped in saying why... Then others said that gamers don't buy game machines to watch movies and that they wouldn't make a difference. Now they are counting on those same gamers that supposedly don't use their game machines to watch movies to fight the format war. This is very John Kerryish with the flip flopping. First they say no we don't need it, then they say awe we need to support it. That is what drives me crazy.

What they still don't acknowledge is this method of getting HD-DVD is more expensive then buying a standalone player and equally as expensive as the PS3.

I know MS is pushing the whole "choice" thing, but now they are diving head first into the format war that they won't completely support (games wise).

The best part of the HD-DVD add on is it can be hooked up to your computer if you are into that. But to say that the add on will win the format war is ridiculous.

The only thing that will kill blueray is Sony. They are crippling the format because of lack of players. They say that the diode shortage will lighten soon, then we can have a clearer view of what will happen with the format war.

BIadestarX3909d ago

"They say that the diode shortage will lighten soon, then we can have a clearer view of what will happen with the format war." Keep your finger cross... if Sony continue with the mentality that people will wait for the PS3 and blu-ray just because of brand loyalty they are on for a surprise.

InMyOpinion3909d ago

They do have a history of formats gone to hell. Betamax, Minidisc, ATRAC, UMD...

big_tim3908d ago

I agree they have had some flops. They have also had some great successes DVD, walkman... Aside from cost, the blueray technology to me has the most to offer in the long run when cost comes down. I am not going to invest in either format (other than getting a PS3 for games not movies) until a unified format comes about or one dies off. But it is hard not to jump in when you view either format in 1080p at best buy. Stunning visuals.

Marriot VP3909d ago (Edited 3909d ago )

Anyways I doubt the 20% HD-DVD attach rate. Think about how many people bought the add on for their PC. That is very easy to set up you know.

360 + HD-DVD or
PC + HD-DVD

Oh and bladestar, it's hardly the wait that will determine if people buy a PS3. It's the price, and waiting for the price to come down.

UrbanJabroni3909d ago (Edited 3909d ago )

It is still one more HD-DVD player sold, and the money is still going to MS. Microsoft as well as the HD-DVD camp can still add it as one more sale and thus a little bit more muscle with which to lean on content providers to go with HD-DVD. Why does Microsoft really care if you hook it up to your tv or your 360 or your computer?

Beyond that, I would imagine that most of us on this board feel that _both_ formats are bound to fail...even if the PS3 comes with a BluRay that doesn't mean the end-users will be purchasing the movies. HDtv figures are _still_ not anywhere near critical mass, and a large portion of those tvs were sold to watch Hi-Def sports, I would imagine, and this demographic isn't likely to care much about spending an extra $10 on purchasing a DVD. Some of us film snobs think people run out and buy DVDs...we are in the minority, as most of the world rents...diluting the numbers that the content providers see.

Sorry about ramblin' on. ;)

DC RID3R3908d ago

360 + HD-DVD or
PC + HD-DVD

the hd-dvd COULD become the add-on of 2007 easy!!!

just think about how many pc owners there are out there, most of whom are pretty clued-up concerning tech, now add to the fact 720p/1080p movies readily available, the hd-dvd player looks like a sure thing!!

Marriot VP3908d ago

the point was "urban", that I didn't think 20% of 360 owners cared about HD-DVD to that extent.

of course all the money filters to the same place.

calderra3908d ago

HD-DVD and BluRay are both stupid. I have broadband, and if I want high-def (which I don't), I'll just download it at this point. Screw both of the formats.

Which is why I'm glad that, with 360, I don't have to invest in either.

Heck, I still have zero plans on getting an HDTV even remotely soon. Screw "high-def" altogether for the time being. Until people start actually dropping support for SDTV (or prices on HDTV), I'm not spending the $500+ it would take to get a good gaming HDTV.

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