The 2005-2006 edition of the "console wars" is a little different from previous installments in the battle to be in everyone's TV room. There are the usual skirmishes over horsepower, cost, and developer support-as there is any time a new console hits the scene. This time, however, the gaming side of the equation has been made more complex by the choice of supported physical formats, and now with pricing announced for the two "high-end" consoles, we can consider how the next-generation optical format disc wars have factored into the strategies employed by Microsoft and Sony. In what follows, Ken Fisher at Arstechnica.com consider and argue that Sony's decision to include Blu-ray in the PlayStation 3 represents an unnecessary risk, and could end up hurting the company's efforts to combat gains by Microsoft.
Yes it should for sure.
It isn't even a standard yet and furthermore: in the near future everything will be streamed or downloaded, no fysical media anymore like DVD's or other discs!!!
Games, movies, HD content all through internet/Markplace my friends. No need for players anymore... and discs that can be scratched so you loose the data/video/audio...
The main problem I see with the Bluray is that it is a unpopular format, with a possibility (large?) that it may flop as a system like betamax did- can you go rent a new movie on betamax? No.
do i want to spend $600-1200 on a format that may be dead in 2 years and a joke in 10?
Frankly I will wait and see who is dominant- HD-DVD or bluray, then I will buy a cheaper player in a few years.
DVD has great image and sound and is easy to backup. I have a good income but I have 2 children and I cannot afford a good sized HDTV- I am like millions and millions of americans, and I won't be doing HD-DVD's for years, in any format. And when I do buy into it I won't be buying the betamax of the future, because thats just a waste of money.
I choose a 360 because it can be optionally upgraded when my budget, TV and the HD market reaches my standards.
I wouldn't buy a PS3 purely because it only uses bluray. What happens to the PS3 if HD-DVD becomes the standard? No playing new movies on a PS3 in 5 years? lol
I can't risk $600 on that!
which other ways are there to push blu ray faster and better ?The ps3 is the perfect solution.maybe u guys just forget blu ray is not a sony only product...in this case ur gettin it cheaper plus a gaming system
yes it's CHEAPER. it will be the worst possible blu-ray drive you can get. people that care about blu-ray enough will most likely wait until better developed and stronger drives come out. they will be willing to spend more for the quality. i keep seeing people say that the ps3 is worth more than a 360 because of quality and what you get. so why is it different for blu-ray players? better quality will come out after the 2x drive in the ps3.
you know that the step was good!!! ms did nothing in this way, thats why their console is not nextgen. sony tried to make the ps3 future proof, and as this it should have a better drive than a DVD. and once again, BD is not betamax you fool(#2). BD has far more support than HD-DVD. you dont want to believe but thats a fact !!! BD is the future, because its a good format and it has many support. so sony did a good step.