The Escapist - Kyle Orland, 11 Dec 2007:
"Videogame consoles have been about more than just videogames for a while now, from Nintendo's news-downloading Famicom modem to the music-playing Sega CD. But the game console didn't really become a multimedia hub until the PlayStation 2 and its included DVD player.
Thanks to a combination of strong brand recognition, a low, Sony-subsidized price point and impeccable timing, the PlayStation 2 became the movie player of choice for millions of consumers ready to advance past the decades-old VHS format. For a time, PS2 hardware was selling better than PS2 software in Japan, suggesting that many early buyers were ignoring the system's game-playing functions altogether. More than any other product, the PS2 drove DVD adoption in the format's infancy, driving down prices on hardware and software through sheer volume and force of corporate will.
Now, one console generation later, videogame makers are again trying to use their position in the gaming space to influence the home movie market. So far, the results of their efforts have been less than transformative."
The Escapist discusses the hi-def battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD - specifically the impact of the PS3, and Microsoft's role and strategy. This report includes exclusive comments and insights from Tom Adams (President of Adams Media Research), Rob Enderle (President and Principal Analyst at the Enderle Group), Greg Kaufhold (Principal Analyst at In-Stat), and Angelique Flores (Managing Editor of Home Media Magazine)