The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD appears to be headed into a new phase, one in which consumers are waiting for a winner to be decided. If a winner does not emerge soon, a stalemate is possible, with both formats losing.
Blu-ray is crushing HD DVD. Blu-ray has the support of all but one Movie studio, Blu-ray has sold more player thanks to PS3. Over 3.5 million PS3's sold. Blu-ray is winning there is no doubt. Anyone that thinks Blu-ray is'nt winning is a fool.
did you even read the article? Can you even read? Both formats are doomed. Unfortunately that puts the PS3 in a bad spot. DVD is crushing both hddvd and bluray.
@illbientone but more and more people will start to get hd tv's and the price of blu-ray will drop its only a matter of time.
@illbientone VSH was crushing DVD the first 3 years. New formats always take time.
...is that there are already too many standards, 720p, 1080i, 1080p. Whats worse is that you can buy 1080i/p displays that have a max resolution that are below that to really enjoy 1080i/p. To be honest, you sit 3 meters back from a 32" 720p HD display and you don't get much benefit of HD-DVD/Blu-Ray over an upscaled DVD. Of course there is a difference but not one worth getting excited about. Hell, even HDMI is up to release 1.3. To the average consumer its all nonsense as they just want to buy an HD display - not all the facts and figures that go with it. As for which format will win; I don't care as I will be backing digital distribution all the way. It may not be entirely practical today but it sure beats being used as a whore by the manufacturers who want you to buy into their format.
Ignorance is bliss.
WTF see thats what happens when drunks have access to the net.
I had assumed Blue Ray was doing MUCH better too. However I am also one who is not buying any DVDs until the issue gets resolved and will just be happy watching my movies on HBO HD or HDNET or even downloading from live. Digital distribution may be the true wave of the future, but people really like having something in their hands, maybe some steady state storage devices or som HD burners would be the future.
It's Blu-Ray, not Blue Ray. But anyways, digital distribution is so lame, because it ties up your computer or 360 or (hopefully soon) PS3. Also it kills your internet. It's ok if you want to download it while sleeping, but that requires forsight rather than just renting it from Blockbuster. Also, there are so many things that can go wrong with digital distribution, it's terribly un-user friendly, and it can get annoying not having a disc in your hand when you want to go to your friend's house to watch the movie.
Blockbuster just started backing Blu-ray more then HD DVD so that will push blu-ray more.
people disagree yet don't offer a countering comment it just shows that i'm right.
with the availability of On Demand services from cable providers. Couple that with digital distribution and it makes an uphill climb for Blockbuster, Movie Gallery, etc. DOCSIS 3.0 will provide broadband subscribers amazingly increased download speeds which will only encourage digital distribution. People are lazy, they won't even have to leave their house to get any movie they want.
Blogs are crap and Blu-ray is the clear winner accept it already Blu-ray has won and Sony will make billions of it.
HD-DVD is slowly becoming phased out of Australia. EzyDVD is one of the last of the big movie sellers that still support HD-DVD but now when you walk up to their desk they have a stack of flyers advertising Blu-ray and none saying anything about HD-DVD. Although they do sell the discs but it is only a matter of time until it's gone from there as well.
Blockbuster will cater to the format with the largest player install base which at the moment is Blu-Ray, but that could certainly change Holiday '07. Right now HD-DVD & Blu-Ray are competing with each other for such a small fraction of market share that whoever wins doesn't win much. The real battle will be between DVD and (HD-DVD or Blu-Ray).
zzzzz another boring article on the format war. Neither is going to throw in the towel any time soon. I personaly like the idea of having two formats. One it will drive the prices down faster(we are already seeing this). Two you will get better features since each will continue to try add more bells and whistles. It would be interesting to see what would happen if no studios were exclusive.
whats up with all these fanboys cheering for one format to die. I bet half of them don't even have an HDTV. I can't wait for prices to hit rock bottom and for one format to die. I am on the fence to purchace any one. I will get a PS3 by mid 08 but I rather not use it to watch movies on.
drop every blue ray related hardware by $200 including the ps3=blue ray stays and ps3 wins the console war. sony already was selling consols at a loss. at this point frucking give them away!(really cheap price).
Though i have both i think Blu-ray will win.
yes, these articles are definately headed for a stalemate.
why are u guys diagreeing with people who are saying blu ray will win because...it will win thats a fact...i hate u stupid fanboys... Edit : Belive it or not for HD games u gonna need a HD format...which wouldnt make sense if u talking tru HD games..same goes for movies y not games.. look at SD vs HD movies (size )with the size of them how dare any of u say a new format for games and movies isnt needed then apparenly u guys dont want HD
Would you even care about Blu ray if the drive didn't come in PS3? The simple fact is that if Blu ray wasn't incorporated in the PS3 no PS3 fanboy would even give it a second thought. If Blu ray wasn't in PS3, how many PS3 fans would have ran out and bought a Blu ray dvd player. I'm sure that the percentage would be low if not zero. If there was an HD-DVD drive in PS3 then you would say that was better....and even on top of all that if a regular DVD drive was in the PS3 then you would all think it was fine...... How easily the feeble mind is influenced. Why do you need a Blu ray drive?.....Oh yeah I forgot..........because Sony said you did.
Maybe because it actually does help games, yeah? Or are you too deeply into your Sony lies that you've forgotten the advantages of more disc space, multiple developers asking for it and texture streaming. Would Sony haters care about HD-DVD if MS wasn't supporting it? NO! HD-DVDEAD's a worthless format and its only purpose in this war is to lose to Blu-ray, which it has done. Would PS3 fans be all over HD-DVD if Blu-ray existed but HD-DVDEAD was in the PS3? Only if they were as dense as people are now and didn't realise Blu-ray had won/was better. Besides, only MS is stupid enough to support HD-DVD for its console. There is no stalemate, Blu-ray's had it in the bag since the PS3 launch. The closest we ever got was last year when HD-DVD had zero competition.
How much HD texture streaming do you plan on doing with 256 megs of video ram? And if what you are saying is so true, how come all PC games arent being released on Blu ray? The PC games are far more advanced than console games. I guess the PC market is going to have to shut down bc they haven't incorporated Bluray for games yet. Get over yourself Desperado. Do you like living in your little box....when there is this thing called "reality" going on all around you?
I don't buy that BR is needed to make games better at all. Most of the great looking games do not take that long to complete. They look great, but then they are over in less then 15 hours. Look at Crisis on the PC and tell me DVD is not doing ok? Alan Wake for the 360 will be a DVD also. The simple fact of the matter is that Sony used the PS3 to Trojan horse Blu Ray into peoples homes. Do I blame them? Heck no since if it does succeed then it will be a big coup for them. Hell I would have done the same thing. It is just a convenient excuse for them to say it gives the developer more room to work with. If they needed more room for developers to work with why not throw in a huge Hard Drive instead of dumping Millions into Blu Ray? What I'd like to see more from developers is a little less graphics (I'm a graphics whore too)and more on gameplay. With a system like the PS3 and 360 there is no reason we can not have both. It would be interesting to see what kind of score the PS3 could put up on 3DMark 06' though.
i heard a rumour about some people who are really afraid of ps3 + bluray. ... anybody?
until there is a clear cut winner. I'm completely happy with my DVD collection. Both formats are crazy if they think I'm going to run out and start buying over-priced hardware and media just to "upgrade" my library of movies. Plus, with the availability of so many HD channels and HD On Demand, who needs to buy a $20.00+ disc? That's not even including content available through digital distribution.
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