DVD's role in the success of PlayStation 2 used to be overstated but it's now becoming a forgotten factor as physical video media dies off.
Been watching a ton of on disc anime on my PS5. Digital things like media sites that have full screen cookie disclaimers are the true dinosaurs of the 2000s.
Oh, yeah. There will always be a ton of stuff on disc or tape that will never see a streaming service. If you have any interest in film or TV, you are still going to need physical media players.
torrent is everything
@blacktiger That too 😎 But a lot of older torrents come from physical media with no online streaming service to rip from.
This is why I still get DVDs from Netflix instead of streaming. If there's a movie I want to watch, chances are there's a DVD for it. Sure most movies are on streaming services, but there's so many of them now you can't just subscribe to everything.
Surely this was most people's first dvd player? The same with PS3 for blu ray.
I would say a fair few people's first DVD players around where I am from was a PS2 or Gateway 2000 PC. And a lot of people's only Blu-ray players are consoles. It didn't take off for home video like DVD did for a few reasons.
I've always wondered what the gaming landscape would look like if Sega put a DVD player in the Sega Dreamcast. I really loved that system growing up but the PS2 buried it very deep in the ground.
Dreamcast would have been very expensive or Sega would have had to eat a loss they couldn't afford. Launching with DVD in 1998/9 would have been an amazing coup if they had the pockets.
Best decision Sony made. It was the cheapest DVD player and a gaming system. Perfect decision.
The only problem at first was the low volume output
That is something I noticed but never thought about 😑 Interesting.
Yeah that was an issue.
Let's not forget ps3. With a not the best but very decent Blu-ray built in. At the time desperate Blu-ray players were costing hundreds.. Then the Xbox fiaaco with them trying hd DVD. Charging seperate for it. Then switching to Blu-ray and charging for a separate one of those! Pure catastrophe
Yeah that decision by MS to make the HD DVD drive external really tipped the scales against HD DVD. I believe that Blu-Ray would have won regardless simply because of Sony's recognition in the industry but HD DVD may have had a longer life if MS would have made the drives internal to the 360.
I never use the movie feature on my console whether DVD or Blu Ray my consoles from PS2, PS3, PS4 XB1, XB360, even my used original Xbox have never seen a movie disc in them. I just bought the players to take the wear and tear off my consoles. Only time my console has seen a movie is if I digitally rent a movie off the Playstation or Xbox. Owning a PS1 I was more stoked for the PS2 even though I bought a Dreamcast first. I think the PS1 being a great console with a great library added fuel to the fire. And helped build up the hype for the PS2 besides a built in DVD player out of the box. I wonder how the Dreamcast would have faired if Sega waited longer and added a built in DVD format over a GD format.
The Dreamcast would have failed with a DVD drive....when EA decided not to support your system and many other 3rd party devs in fear of Sony backlash it was doomed
Probably the last time I watched a physical flick was back on ps2. I have yet to watch a bluray movie
i remember telling my parents to get a cheap ps2 slim instead of an expensive dvd player bk in the day. told them about the cheap ps3 slim for blu rays ha. it may sound silly for non gamers of course, but they were and are the best and cheapest options for watching them things on discs.
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