Blu-ray DVD format makes low-key market debut

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The next-generation DVD format war limps on in the coming weeks as Blu-ray -- one of two formats vying to become the high-definition standard -- officially launches its first player and titles.

The launch previously was pegged for May 23 but pushed to late June so studios and hardware companies could better coordinate a kickoff. The first wave of titles will arrive June 20 from Sony Pictures/MGM Home Entertainment, with more following in the coming weeks from Sony and Lionsgate. But two of the three Blu-ray players scheduled to hit stores for the launch have, in the past week, been delayed. Sony pushed its launch from June 30 to August 15 and Pioneer from June 25 to September. A Samsung unit will be the sole player on the market on June 25.

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kingboy6305d ago

only the ps3 can make it get noticed quickly

FeralPhoenix6305d ago

I think that it will be quite awhile before we know which of these two formats will be the clear winner....right now the issues surrounding HDCP are too confusing to the average consumer, in the end the consumer will decide with their wallets, thats why I think there's going to be more than this "secret handshake" thats supposedly happened between the two rival gut tells me there will be a better compromise like what I believe LG?? has already made, which is a dual HD DVD and Blu-ray player, but of course consumers will still be waiting for reasonable prices too. Sony has the most at stake, they will benefit if Blu-ray really takes off, however they will be devastated if it fails, M$ has the option of starting with a HD DVD add on, but if for some reason Blu-ray is the popular format overnight-(unlikely) they can simply switch....its a good position for them.

FeralPhoenix6305d ago

I also forgot to mention that if there isn't a big development or compromise in the near future this may take a few years before HD-DVD or Blu-ray or even dual players become mainstream, if this is the case we will be talking about the XBOX TITANIUM-X,(I made that up) the PS4 (same name, same controller), the Wii-Wii Advance Cube (thats a good one, huh?) and the i-Pod Entertainment System (you never know).

shotty6305d ago

Apple would name it iPlay. I trademarked it apple haha.


The winners of the GDWC 2023 Summer Season awards have just been announced

"The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) celebrated the 2023 Summer Season with an Awards Stream on Thursday, September 21st. At the event, GDWC announced winners in 11 categories for the Summer Season." - GDWC.


Unity Announces Revised Pricing Policy Following Massive Backlash From Developers

Today Unity revealed a rather radical change to the new pricing policy announced a while ago, following the massive backlash from many of its developers and the wider gaming industry.

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Vengeance11382d ago

Too little, too late, you're dead. Trust is gone and not coming back.

MWH1d 14h ago

It's ugly, but I think they deserve a second chance only because they, at least, admitted they took a wrong turn, and they want to straighten things up. unlike for example, Nvidia.

Remember, competition is good for the consumers. we don't want them to go out of business, but to do things fairly.

bunt-custardly1d 11h ago (Edited 1d 11h ago )

It's only a matter of time until something else disagreeable becomes policy. The stage has been set. Stone has been cast. Can't rewind time like you can in their game engine.

savedsynner1d 11h ago

Not sure why the downvotes...probably people who have 0 dev experience(or socialists lol). Competition is essentially for quality products.

KwietStorm_BLM1d 10h ago

Get out of here being logical and level headed on the internet. You can only spread hatred and be obstinate with zero exceptions. Obviously nobody being overly dramatic and critical has ever made a mistake. Otherwise they wouldn't be so quick to place permanent judgement on anyone....

mike32UK1d 9h ago

Absolutely not, they've been proven to be chancers. The only reason they are doing a 180 is because they know the alternative is to keep getting shit for being greedy ultimately leading to their failure as a company

anast1d 8h ago

Corporations need to be treated harshly if you want them to change, of course.

notachance1d 8h ago


Game development is very costly and takes very long time, only a fool decides on the core engine purely because “muh healthy competition” and risk the chance of Unity making another shitty decision down the line and ruining years of work.

babadivad1d 2h ago

They have lost all trust and there's no coming back.

JackBNimble1d ago

Would you give someone a second chance if they walked up to you and kicked you in the nuts?

Why does unity deserve a second chance? They only walked this back because of the backlash, give them a chance and they will only try it again.

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savedsynner1d 11h ago

Eh, they are a HUGE game dev engine. Def not dead but massive PR blunder.

ABizzel11d 11h ago (Edited 1d 11h ago )

It’s definitely not too little too late. Companies have been making crazy decisions this entire generation and people have moved right past it.

PS5 Price Hike, XBL Gold doubling in price, Series Price Hike, Games going for $70, etc…. It’s in the news and media for a month or two, then the vast majority of people and gamers don’t care anymore as they move on to the next news topic. Meanwhile, those who games using the Engine are the ones who have to actually do the communicating and work to make sure the solution is fair and balanced for all parties and so they can continue their work. If there is no resolve for all parties after this then there’s no coming back.

What they did do is give Unreal Engine 5 an unneeded advantage over them which was the most ignorant thing they could have done.

Rebel_Scum17h ago

I think you underestimate how long and badly a lot of users on here hold a grudge. They’ve got the sharpest axes.

I agree with your not too little too late sentiment. Everyone makes a bad decision at some point. Let’s see if they can rectify and improve in a way that benefits them, consumers and developers before we start frothing at the mouth.

neomahi1d 5h ago

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Like when Don Mattrick invited everyone to Redmond to unveil a certain console. Phil Spencers been and most definitely his right hand man Executive Fanboy Aaron Greenberg (Head of Marketing - Why would you put a guy like this as your head of marketing, honestly) have been caught in the same thing. Phil Spencer's just as bad and as much of a two-faced about faced liar as Don Mattrick, they just put his under bite more. He's obviously not as stressed because he's packed on a ton of weight sitting as his desk with his feet kicked up playing his Switch and shoving his mouth full cause he's fat now too

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shinoff21832d ago

Pretty much. Any devs future games should not start on unity. They've shown their cards like ms with the original Xbox one reveal.

XiNatsuDragnel2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Too late you guys just loss so hard imo.

Kaii2d ago

You shot your credibility, and wtfudge are you using 7,700 employees 4?


staticall1d 17h ago

First, they've removed Terms of Service from github, just 'cuz, so no more transparency (is there a new version? What changed? Read ToS every week with a lawyer to be safe), the trust is broken.
Then, they also started requiring 3 day online check ups. And they also increased the price of the subscriptions, 'cause why not?!
After that, they introduce those ridiculous runtime fees. And after developers started to revolt, what they do? They didn't back down, instead they tried to move some numbers around to make it "easier to understand and accept". And keep in mind, if you install a game, that's +1 install. But if you uninstall and reinstall right away, that's another +1 install. This can be exploited and probably will be. And it's applied to your every developed game, not just newely created ones.

Say "thanks" to your new EA exec and it's "great" ideas (yes, "it's"; don't this it has a soul or anything human anymore), this company can't and shouldn't be trusted anymore, by anyone. They became too greedy and will now try to slowly screw you over. This is not some one small misstep, this is a calculated plan. They deserve what they're getting.

And this is happening when Unreal Engine will start taking money from you after you've earned $1.000.000 in a year (and if they change ToS and you disagree with it, you can continue using your current version without any extra strings attached). And you also have free Godot, O3DE and others.

anast1d 8h ago

Godot is a good option for those that don't have monster PCs.