Microsoft announced that only the 64-bit of the new Windows Vista operating system will be able to play Blu-ray and HD DVD video content. The announcement was made at the TechEd 2006 conference in Sydney, Australia.
I know this is off topic but I have to ask.... Is Topgamer now taking the place of The Real Deal from now on?
Um how is this pro-anyone? Both HDDVD and blu-ray are affected. This is very interesting news, and im very surprised that Microsoft would make it easy to support blu-ray playback, considering they 'support' HDDVD.
In a nut shell this is why Microsoft did it. They want to prolonge the HD formats for the benefit of HD-DVD to come down in cost. And very few people have 64bit PC's, I'm one of them.(isn't that nice).
Although I won't be getting a HD drive cause there's no point when I have my DVD's upscaled already with my 360.
The WINNER of this format war will always be the format that gets it's stand alone players at 100-200 bucks first. Just look at DVD. Also you can't compare the PS2 dvd drive for very obvious reasons.
1. One, there was no competition
2. Two it was a huge leap in storage unlike HD drives and performance
3. People didn't have to BUY a very expensive HDTV to utilize it. It's still not above 5% households with them.
PC games anytime soon. And with games like Crysis coming out and Shadow run...Game compression is obviously super advanced right now with no lack in quality. 64 bit computers won't be the "norm" until 3 to 4 years from now.
Top, HD discs won't EVER be used for games cause what's the point when you can use 4.5gb DVD's onto your HDD.
It would be 10 years until HD discs would be cheap enough, and by that time electronic distribution would be in effect. So really there's no reason.
Actually, there's no secret money-making motive here. The reasons are technical.
64-bit processors have built-in protection against unsigned/untrusted/insecure code running on the system. This ensures to some degree that DRM checks cannot be circumvented by modified software hacks.
The older, 32-bit hardware architectures do not have such implementations and thus cannot make the same guarantee.
For those in the entertainment industry the integrity of proper DRM handling by the OS is a must, thus the 64-bit limitation.
Absolutely correct. Current (non-64-bit) mobos literally CAN NOT PLAY HD-DVD or BluRay. Buy a player, attach it to your computer, and you'll get absolutely nothing.
Only 64-bit systems will be able to play HD or BluRay at all, but even then, there are still some little bits that have to be present on the mobo (at least for BluRay). So having a 64bit computer isn't even technically a guarantee that you'll be able to play next-gen optical formats.
So what version of Vista do I have to buy to get HD Playback?
if you want a hd-dvd or blu-ray player down the road than your gonna need a 64bit CPU, intel or amd. If your PC doesn't your up the creek.
So isn't the headline missleading? From what i understand, the problem is with the PC hardware, not Windows Vista. Am I correct in saying that a 64 bit PC with windows Vista would play HD DVD and Blu-ray?
"Um how is this pro-anyone? Both HDDVD and blu-ray are affected."
what the hell are you talking about? I didn't say anything was wrong with the article whatsoever!! I'm not a fanboy and I didn't even mention the words "blu ray" or HD DVD so please explain to me just what you are talking about?
With the recent details about multipule accounts being brought to the light, I just wanted some clarification on who exactly is Topgamer and if he is taking the place of Read Deal...... Ever since he was reduced to 3 bubbles he has be mysteriously absent from these forums. I have no problems with Real Deal even though we do argue we both remain respectful of eachother's opinion which is really rare on this site.... I just wanted to know if they are one in the same so we can basically pick up where we left all.
I apologize if what I wrote hit a sweet spot for anyone, but Real Deal knows that I give him respect even when I do disagree with his opinions...... I'm sorry about getting off topic but The Truth is I never said anything to attck M$, HD DVD, Blu Ray, Vista ect ect
I wonder how many people here actually have 64-bit processors? Ahh, upgrades. How I loathe thee (I love them after the performance jump though, hehe). The DRM thing makes sense though. 64-bit processors are significantly more powerful so I wouldn't mind upgrading in a year or so. 64-bit processors can run 32-bit based software (as far as I know) so there aren't any compatibility issues. Things would go a lot faster if they just forced 64-bit CPUs onto consumers.
They quote upgrading to 64-bit as costly but for the user AMD's cheapest (on newegg) Athlon 64 is only $64.00, throw in an average motherboard and that DDR RAM you already have and that's far from costly.
MICROSFT IS SIMPLY DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY KNOW BLU-RAY WILL WIN. SONY, HP, AND DELL ALL WILL COME OUT WITH BLU-RAY DRIVES ON THEIR NEXT PCS. SONY ALREADY HAS SOME OUT!! FOR MICROSFT TO SAY THIS IS BULL. BECAUSE WHEN YOU BUY A NEW COMPUTER IT ALSO COMES WITH DIFFERENT DVD PLAYER SOFTWARE FROM THE PC MAKING COMPANY NOT MICROSOFT ITS ALL HARDWARE NOT SOFTWARE SO MICROSOFT HAS NO SAY IN THIS WHAT SO OVER ITS JUST ANOTHER ATTACK ON SONY'S BLU-RAY!!! I BOUGHT 2 NEW SONY DESKTOP AND LAPTOP BOTH WITH BLU-RAY PLAYERS AND GUESS WHAT THEY DIDNT COME WITH VISTA AND THEY WORK JUST FINE. THE SAME WAY THEY WILL WORK WITH DELL AND HP AND APPLE IF THEY DECIDE TO INCLUDE A BLU-RAY PLAYER IN THEIR MACS WITH OR WITHOUT VISTA!!! SORRY MICROSOFT YOU LOST THIS ONE!! JUST LIKE A LOT OF YOU SAID IT THE PC HAD TO HAVE 64 BIT THAT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE HARDWARE A PLACE WHERE MICROSOFT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT!!!!!
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