Sony will no longer use the standard DVD format in it's video recorders, instead it will be moving to Blu-ray Disc for all future models in Japan.
Sony says-- "Your going to adopt blu-ray, I don't care if we have to shove it up your ***!!!"
1. DVD is a DEAD format in Japan.
2. If you don't like it buy a different brand.
3. Best thing they've done in my opinion. They did the same with the Famous Trinitron CRT a short while back and people said the same thing, now everybody wants a Bravia LCD.
in Sony's case, it is time to move on. i say - good move Sony. Bluray is the best.
Once again... Sony forces the consumers into adopting their format... Risky move... they got balls... the way I see it.. if blu-ray fails.. Sony is so deep into blu-ray they would probably end up in some serious finantial problems.
you're same guy who once talked about how sony should drop the ps2 cuz it was hurting the ps3
i'm pretty sure you have no problem with MS trying to to push their new OS any way they can
sony could cure cancer and you would still find a way to b!tch about it
...putting all your eggs in one basket.
yeah bold move sony, but if anyone can do it.. sony can. Sony is synonymous with quality electronics hardware.
yes very much so, like RCA is synonymous with quality TVS. *laughs*
Like the way Sony is synonimous with exploding batteries.
Also synonymous with failed new formats.
Don't forget the rootkits.
it's these kind of corporate decisions that piss me off about sony. don't get me wrong, they make good consumer electronics but this is forcing your agenda on others. i personally think that both blu-ray and hd-dvd will both be around, but this is a blatant move to force people to choose a format. maybe their corporate division needs to learn some humility like their game division has.
What exactly is the relevance to gamers of this article? This is an article about DVD players which have sweet F all to do with games.
Just because news is about Sony and one of its many many different product arms does not mean it is relevant to games.
News 4 Gamers!!!!! Work it out.
there are different articles that relate to gaming. this is filed under tech.
for example lets say this move pays of, then sony will have lets say $100 million dollars extra because of blu-ray sales, they can use that to cut the PS3's price further. related to gaming? i think so.
but that is not what the article is about, read it through, at no point does the article reference Playstation or PS3, it doesn't say it once. And the only mention of Sony profits is where it says the margins made on conventional DVD players is now very slim, that's it!
How about if I started to post a daily article on the price of Gold on the commodity market and making some tenuous link that if the cost of gold goes down then quality HDMI cables will become proportionately cheaper to manufacture which could lead to a possible price drop some time in the future. By your logic it is linked to games as 2 of the current consoles use HDMI cables.
I understand the tech section is there for a reason but I consider it to be for the purpose of posting articles about new PC graphics cards, new hard drive and ram developments, gaming rigs from Dell or other companies like Commodore and tech like the Philips Am BX system, not for articles that detail every single event of every department of Sony or Microsoft that with some giant tenuous leap of faith can be possibly linked to the gaming departments.
@Scripkiddie: I have a PS3 and buy plenty of Blu Ray movies, this isn't a partisan dig, its just I am sick of having to trawl through loads of unrelated articles to find the genuine game news, if I want BD news or tech news I will visit Gizmodo, Engadget, Empire or AVForums. N4G is for games news and should be kept that way.
These kind of articles are posted by PS3 fans because the PS3 fans need blu-ray to win and there isn't much gamming news for the PS3.
Hopefully sony isn't holding back games to sell more blu-ray movies. wouldn't it be nice if when talking about the PS3 you can discuss the great games, instead all we hear about is blu-ray. Sony forced blu-ray on the PS3 fan boys and now that's all they have and until blu-ray wins there will not be many games. So the fanboys have to push it on everyone.
They will stop using the DVD format in JAPAN! Its not like this hurts anyone.
Personaly i have 3 DVD players. PS2 PS3 and a stand alone that holds 5 DVD's and plays MP3's. I have all 5 spaces filled with MP3 cd's and since its my 5.1 suround sound system it works perfect for music.
Sony is showing there faith in Blueray and i feel lucky to own a blueray player that btw i can play Warhawk on for hours on end.
PPL dont need new DVD players! We all have em already. So why not focus on blueray and therefor drop the price of blueray players.
good move by Sony
Good job Sony on screwing over your customers. I guess Sony has a choose Blu-Ray or die attitude. They can not afford to buy out companies so they will force their hand on customers & also Sony good job at showing how desperate you are.
Sony forcing it's format on consumers, or putting their money where their mouth is? Guess it depends on which side of the fanboy format war you stand on.
People are talking bad about Sony with this, and I can see why, but we do need to look at something, first. Did Sony stop making VHS video recorders soon after DVD came out, while VHS was still, by far, the stronger format and DVD was just bearly being adopted.
If so, we can't complain much about it. Sony is looking forward to the future (from their point of view, at least) just as they did back then, and they're being consistant.
However, I don't believe they did, and if they did not make the change so early back then, they are just doing it now to try to push bluray on people.
And for all the talk about Paramount being anticonsumer, Sony would be (and even if they did change to DVD when it had 5% of the market, does, in many ways) really showing up what anticonsumer really means. A very small fraction of people who want to record something have bluray, while an overwhelmingly large part of people who want to record something have DVD.
If both HD formats are 5% of the market (that's what I once saw, but I've seen as low as 1%), about 3% is bluray and 2% is HD DVD. Some people say halfway cutting out the 3% was bad by Paramount (halfway because they could still play DVDs), but Sony is cutting out 97% of the market here! Who can say Paramount was being anticonsumer and Sony isn't, after this?
The only mitigating factor would be if they abandoned VHS when DVD had about 5% of the market, and we can see they're following a trend.
considering there are a lot of other companies building DVD recorders (and for probably cheaper prices) and Blu-ray owns 90% of the HD market in Japan. This isn't Sony 'forcing an unproven format down their throats' so much as a smart business move in reaction to consumer interests. Besides, if I could I'd have an HD Camera that records directly to Blu-ray; I know my friend Charlie does since he's a Film Major and runs through DV tapes like crazy (and that's just SD quality).
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