Blu-ray's "Inevitable Win": Will It Impact Games?

Written by Brian Szabelski
Published January 11, 2008

As you may have heard by now, Blu-ray scored a huge win recently - or perhaps a series of large wins, to be more exact - that may just have ended the next-generation format wars between it and HD-DVD.

The question is, though... does it matter to us in the console world? A large part of the debate between Microsoft and Sony was over this format war, with Microsoft on the HD-DVD side and Sony firmly in the Blu-ray camp, while Nintendo sat by and let them duke it out. So this obviously has some kind of impact... but what kind?

The answer depends on the company. Let's break it down along those lines:


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Dudeson423965d ago

That Blu-Ray winning will decide what format is used for the next generation of games consoles, that's about it. It's not going to do much for this generation except maybe sell a couple extra PS3's to people who just want it as a blu-ray player. The next Xbox will have blu-ray, MS will have no problem adopting whatever format wins.

ChickeyCantor3965d ago

Get ready to get some disagrees, people do not like the idea MS taking Bluray as their format, its true though.
If Bluray wins its going to be a standard in the near future, unless some company does something magicly with DVD's(not hd-dvd just DVD)

Dudeson423965d ago

Well, yeah I suppose in the current gaming world it sounds insane, a blu-rayed Xbox, but if it wins, then what choice does MS have? They'll have to adopt whatever format is the biggest at the time. They won't put out a blu-ray add-on for it, they'll just put it right inside the hardware, they'd be stupid not to.

HarryEtTubMan3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

Microsft is going to be forced to use Blu Ray next Gen like it or not. But yes Blu Ray is going to help Sony with a freaking doubt in the next 9 years the PS3 is alive. Blu Ray will be Mainstream in the next 9 years EASY.

titntin3965d ago

You can't question that logic. If blu ray is the format of choice, MS will use it and not blush at all. They've repeatedly said they don';t need bits of tech and yet added them later - like 1080P support and HDMI ports, so they'll have no problems adopting a blu ray drive for the next machine if its the format of choice. No doubt they'll argue that their was a 'big bennifit in waiting for the format to become established before forcing our customers to adopt it' - or something along those lines.

Feihc Retsam3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

I don't know the Microsoft ever intended, or hoped, to out-do Blu Ray by releasing an HD-DVD add-on.
They effectively created enough confusion, and resistance to Blu Ray, that it kept the format from completely taking over.

It was a very strategic maneuver that ended up buying the Xbox360 even more time as the # selling console.

Because Microsoft didn't make a gamble with adding a next gen format player in the Xbox360, they were able to focus on getting the console out early, and getting games for it.

And now look where they stand.
Microsoft is much more established than the PS3.
If the Microsoft hadn't backed HDDVD, the format WAR would have dwindled much earlier, and people would have been snatching up PS3s just as a cheap Blu Ray player (which is exactly why SONY put it in the PS3)

They sold 100 million PS2s largely due to the fact that it was also a DVD player. They were hoping to score again on the same angle... It didn't quite work out because HD-DVD was a pesky thorn in their side..

Now, if Blu Ray is the undeniable favotire future format, Microsoft can simply develope a Blu Ray add-on for the early adopters, and integrate a Blu Ray into the hardware later on.

unlimited3965d ago

Its this generation!! The next xbox720 won't come out till late 2009 and the PS3 will established itself as the king of this gen with everything you want right out the box.. Everybody would own a PS3 for games and use it for their next gen movie player. Blu-Ray will lead the PS3 to its success.. Microsoft will have a hard time telling people that their system now play

bootsielon3965d ago

Microsoft will use Blu-ray, while Sony will use the next best thing. Blu-ray will be last-gen when PS4 comes out. But I guess when that happens, there will already be a 4th Xbox coming too (even though the 3rd Xbox isn't even out yet)

OMG 360 RUL3Z0RZ FTW3965d ago

Look, we all know that you and many others on this site like Sony a lot, and you like to tout that Sony is ahead of the game in all aspects, but please go over this stuff in your head before you post...

Do you realise what you're saying? You're saying that in a few year's time, Bluray will be defunct, and Sony will have a new format that the PS4 will use? Then I guess the Bluray victory celebration will be pretty short-lived. We all gotta prepare for Sony's new BlueishPurpleRay.

This generation of optical technology will become surpassed technologically in a short time for sure; this is just the nature of technological advancement. But, its use will go on for a good, long time. People have, and will invest a lot of money in their entertainment products. They will not stand to have Bluray be replaced in a mere couple of years.

PS4 will be Bluray based.

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joemomma3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

The incredible amount of space will allow devs to create worlds in games with levels of detail that a dvd cannot. Just like sony revolutionised the cd with the ps1 and the dvd with the ps2 and now BD with tbe ps3. Sony is always a step ahead with the latest and greatest technology for gaming.

poos33965d ago

any 1 else think mgs4 looks the same as assasin creed but with les happing on screeen and not as good animation as assins creed both games look incredbile alike but assasin has god like animation compared to mgs4 ???

TANOD3965d ago

AC got 3/10 , 4/10 and 6/10 from most gaming websites.

It is one of the worst games in the world

The SLEEVE of SNAKE has more poly than an entire scene in GEARS/AC.

AC looks like ***** on a big screen TV. everything is low poly and pixelated in AC

On the other hand MGS4 looks very realistic and has amazing gameplay

jorellpogi3965d ago

Thanks for sharing the wonderful video of the power of PS3.

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Feihc Retsam3965d ago

Was about as long as the entire game

bootsielon3965d ago

Master Chief. I bet you don't even own a PS3; and if you do, then why did you bother? after all, the games only last 2 minutes, as the clip. Either way you came up as a fanboy

killer_trap3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

to simply put it. a couple of million ps3 buyers who will use it primarily as a blu-ray player and perhaps buy a game or two at the most.

joemomma3965d ago

I have 10 games for my ps3. Dont have any blu ray movies though.

killer_trap3965d ago

not talking about you..........i'm talking about the guy who wants to get in the High def movie wagon. he sees a cheap ps3 blu-ray player, he buys it and he buys blu-ray movies. and perhaps in time he may pick a game or two(usually a sports game) and thats it.

ps......i also have one blu-ray movie and thats all.

Maddens Raiders3965d ago

a game or two? Not to mention PSN games? I don't hink so.....

mighty_douche3965d ago

you know we could see that lovely rug much better if it wasnt covered in games!

unlimited3965d ago

Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Motor Storm
Heavenly Sword
Uncharted Drakes Fortune
Unreal Tournament
Time Crisis 4
Assasin Creed
Call of Duty 4

Games in 2008 that i might end up buying
Metal Gear Solid 4
Killzone 2
White Knight Story
Heavy Rain
War Devil
Team ICO game
Disgea 3
Gran Turismo P
Eight Days
Gateaway 3
The agency

i didnt even included the PSN game yet..there a lot of games on the PS3 this year..

killer_trap3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

ahhhh....maybe my post didn't give you the right idea(English isn't my first language) i wasn't talking about a gamer like you people and me. i've go 16 games on my ps3, i even got wild arms!!!! but like ps2 before it, many people will get the system to watch blu-ray movies. people like my cousin for example. he got a ps2 and PES(pro evoultion soccer) it's the only game he has, most of the time he only watches DVDs on it . and now that i told him that the future is blue he'll pick a ps3. and guess what game he'll get lol. many people are like that you know.

hopefully that cleared things up.......hey i even played warhawk with some of you people........calling uglygreen...resistance100..... .please tell'em i'm a ps3 fan.

Dudeson423965d ago

Wow, ok, so Maddens Raiders, what does showing us that own "Barkley Shut Up And Jam" for Genesis prove? I could show you a list of my games too, and pictures, but that doesnt make my point any more valid than yours. Actually, just for the record, I might as well do that!

Virtua Racing

4 Wheel Thunder
Chu Chu Rocket
Crazy Taxi 2
Jet Grind Radio
Quake III Arena
Sega Bass Fishing
Sonic Adventure
Space Channel 5
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Toy Commander
Unreal Tournament
Virtua Tennis

Final Fantasy III
Mario & Luigi Partners In Time
Mario Kart DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Resident Evil Deadly Silence
Trauma Center

Resident Evil 2
Sega Fighters MegaMix
Indy 500

Mega Man 3
Spiderman 2
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Wario Land
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 3
Super Mario Advanced: Super Mario Bros. 3
Pokemon Fire Red
Mario Kart Super Circuit

Battalion Wars
DK Jungle Beat
Mario Golf Toadstool Tour
Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Power Tennis
Megaman Anniversary Collection
Metroid Prime
Midway Arcade Collection - Racers
Need For Speed Underground
Resident Evil
Resident Evil 4
Sonic Mega Collection
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Sunshine
TimeSplitters 2

Lion King
NHLPA Hockey '93
Sonic 2
Sonic Spinball
Streets Of Rage
Tiny Toons
Tom & Jerry Frantic Antics

Base Wars
Mega Man
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Little Nemo: Dream Master
Wheel Of Fortune
James Bond Jr.
Legend Of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.
Duck Hunt
Little Mermaid

***NINTENDO 64***
Episode 1 Racer
Goldeneye 007
Jet Force Gemini
MarioKart 64
Perfect Dark
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Wave Race 64
Zelda Majora's Mask
Zelda Ocarina Of Time

A Bug's Life
Army Men 3D
Army Men World War
Battle Arena Toshinden
Battle Tanx Global Assault
C & C Retalliation
Car And Driver International Racing '98
Crash Team Racing
Fade To Black
Fear Effect
Gameday '99
Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo 2
Grand Theft Auto 2
Jet Moto 2
Legend Of Legaia
Marvel Vs. Capcom
Megaman 8
Monsters Inc.
Nightmare Creatures
One Piece Mansion
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil: Directors's Cut
Ridge Racer Type 4
Road Rash 3D
Silent Hill
Sled Storm
South Park
Spec Ops Stealth Patrol
Syphon Filter
Test Drive 4
Test Drive 5
The World Is Not Enough
Tomb Raider
Twisted Metal 2
Twisted Metal 3
Vigilante 8: Second Offense
Wheel Of Fortune
Wipeout 3
Worms Armageddon

Burnout Revenge
God Of War
Gran Turismo 4
GTA: San Andreas
Guitar Hero
Katamari Damacy
Lego Star Wars
Mister Mosquito
Shadow Of The Collosus
Silent Hill 2
Sonic Heroes
Star Wars Racer Revenge
We Love Katamari

Croc: Legend of the Gobos
Daytona USA
Impact Racing
Independence Day
NiGHTS Into Dreams
Sega Rally Championship
Tomb Raider
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Open Tennis

Empire Strikes Back
Killer Instinct
Megaman X
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat II
Primal Rage
Ren & Stimpy Veediots
Return Of The Jedi
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario World
Super Nova
Super Off Road
Super Off Road: The Baja
The Jungle Book
The Lawnmower Man
Top Gear
Total Carnage

Blazing Angels
Excite Truck
Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess
Red Steel
Super Mario Galaxy
Wii Sports

Halo 2

***XBOX 360***
Assassin's Creed
Big Bumpin'
Gears Of War
Lost Planet
LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth 2
Mass Effect
Orange Box
Pocketbike Racer
Rockstar Table Tennis
Scene It?
Sneak King

There, see? Look how big my gamercock is!

ChickeyCantor3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )


A point well made XD

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mighty_douche3965d ago

Please, we have had enough of these threads for everyone to say their 2 cents, do we really need to go over it again and again....

im dizzy from going round in circles.

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