Newsweek: Blu-ray the movie winner

On his Newsweek blog, N'gai Croal explores the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies in relation to gamers. While the Xbox 360 can play HD-DVD with its add-on drive, Croal says that's a non-starter because those sorts of console add-ons rarely sell to more than 10 percent of the base. Because of more studio -- and electronic company -- support for Blu-ray, and the PS3 pushing that format into homes, Croal names Blu-ray as the winner.

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jedicurt4449d ago

Great, so we will be able to download HD movies and such. However this does not allow for backup. there still has to be a media format available that is quick and easy for backup purposes. because if there is a glitch that causes corruption in your hard drive (hard drives malfunction all the time) people are not going to want to have to re-download all of their content. well, atleast people like myself you do regular backups of my PC already. i would love to be able to do the same for my PS3 and 360.

scriptkiddie4449d ago

This is the purpose of USB external drives.

jedicurt4449d ago (Edited 4449d ago )

However, if the cause of the hard drive corruption is a massive power spike or sudden loss of power. then the USB Drive could very well be affected aswell, and actually where i work, we have more problems with our USB drives that we use as backups going bad because of a sudden power loss than we do of our internal hard drive failing

so if it is more susceptible to this situation, it doesn't make for a very good back up method for long term

the purpose of a USB external Drive is for short term backup of systems and to act as an extended hard drive storage location. they were never designed for back up storage time tables for over a month. and if you don't agree with me, go read about them on seagates website. this is the purpose for a physical digital medium, such as a disc or tape. dics are for up to several years of storage in optimum conditions and tapes are for decades if kept properly.

so if i want to keep something for over a year, a USB external Drive is not originally designed for that purpose. not saying that it won't work. but that is not it's purpose, and if something happens, and you try to get the manufacturer to do something about it, they will laugh in your face and say it was not designed for the purpose. Hence why a HD compatible medium is needed for storage

Thugbot1874449d ago

This article seems more like speculation then fact. Yes in most cases add-ons generally don’t sell well. In the case of the Xbox 360 it’s sold more add-ons and accessories then any console in history, with most of its users buying at least 3 add-ons in average or more. Reports are showing PS3 has less then the amount sold in Japan even buying games. Also with reports of HDMI problems…How can we declare any type of winner or an edge for Blu-Ray?

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