Video calibration expert Joe Kane gives his point of view on the coming of HD to Europe, what it is capable of offering, what is needed to truly benefit from the new quality formats as well as his opinion on HD DVD and Bluray formats. You will certainly enjoy some of his quite frank and provocative comments.
HD-DVD is going to smash blu-ray. Sony thinks their smart including blu-ray with the ps3. The majority of PS owners are the casual crowd and don't know that blu-ray is. Why would they drop $30 on a Blu-ray movie that can only be played on their ps3. The people that buy HD-DVD are actually buying it for the movies. The people that buy the HD-DVD add on are buying it for the movies and they know that. They will also buy the movies. Money is made on movie sales and not on the player. Sony killed itself with Blu-ray, history is not on their side for creating new formats. Blu-ray is already failing due to sony being arrogant. They refuse to use any other codec that MPEG 2 since sony own over 100 patents for MPEG 2. If they want to go to VC-1 which is 2 to 3 times more effiecent than MPEG 2 they would get a better picture but sony would lose licensing fees since microsoft created VC-1 and sony would have to pay microsoft to use the codec. All movie studios that are currently creating HD-DVD have the option to use: VC-1, H.264 or Mpeg 2 and they all choose VC-1 since it looks the best out of all 2 codecs and it also uses the least space meaning better bit rates. However blu-ray is forced with Mpeg 2 until sony lets they change. As of right now HD-DVD is better than Blu-ray is every aspect; better visual quality, more capacity and importantly way cheaper. Blu-ray has NO advantage as of now over HD-DVD. The reason HD-DVD looks better than Blu-ray at the moment is that the VC-1 codec allows for video to be 3 times smaller in size than if it was coded in Mpeg 2 and it also looks better. HD-DVD can hold 4 hours of HD content at 1080p on a single 30GB disc. 50Gb disc of Blu-ray are in development, same as 45Gb disc of HD-DVD. However 45Gb aren't needed for HD-DVD for movies since the 30Gb can hold 4 hours of HD video so the 45Gb would be made avaible as HD-DVD R and RW for HD-DVD recorders for computers and standalone players. Even if sony managed to release a 50Gb disc it still won't hold as much video as a 30Gb HD-DVD disc due to HD-DVD superior codec. My 2 cents... Check out MajorNelsons podcast this week; it's all about HD-DVD/Blu-ray.
Yes blu ray is in so much trouble but yet everyone is supporting it and no one is supporting hd dvd.STFU MS bot and get the hell out of here with your one sided views.
Well blade I’m with you, I understand that Sony is pushing this new format on playstation owners, but your wrong about one thing, it has a lot to do with the PS3 and XBOX. Hell, because the ps3 has a blu ray drive means that there is no reason for me to get a HD DVD player. Regardless which format is better, I know that I’m getting a PS3 and for me that determined which high definition player I’m getting.
gametime, I'm not one sided. I own every Sony game system and one of my HD-TV is from SONY; I'm also buying the PS3 since I don't have a choice. Unlike you I have the money to buy every system that comes out. I don't have to hate Sony or Microsoft; so my judgment it's not blurred by pockets.
Also, don't say "everyone is supporting it"; didn't most of these companies supported UMD and Betamax? One of these days you will see that this means sh** if people don't buy it. Before I bough my PSP I was pissed about the UMD format, adding moving parts to a handheld would affect battery life and loading time. Sony weakened the psp in order to sell movies; now what? How do you feel knowing that the PSP could have load faster, cost less, have more games now that UMD movies are discontinued? How will you feel when the same thing happens with the PS3.
StarCraftRocks, "Hell, because the ps3 has a blu ray drive means that there is no reason for me to get a HD DVD player." I agree with you 100%; you have the choice of not getting the HD DVD and every other 360 owners. But as a PS3 owner you don't have a choice. maybe this works for you since you seem to be a die hard sony fan that don't mind paying 200-300 extra and help them with their products even if you never going to use blu-ray. Wouldn't you like the PS3 to cost 200-300 less; so later when you are ready you can buy wherever HD player you want? Heck, if blu-ray wins the format war I'm all for it! and if HD-DVD wins then I go for that. but why should I pay in advance for a HD player when 1) I don't know if it will succeed. 2) No movies yet.
Sony is making us pay extra money to ensure that their blu-ray format succeed when it should be the other way around. Sony is charging all of us for being beta testers.
Im not buying a PS3 cause all the games I want are 3rd party and also on 360!
and Im not buying the HD-DVD drive for my 360 because just like Blu-Ray it's not a proven format. Both are dead tech if you ask me, they are being concieved too early.
At least if I do pick the HD-DVD drive for my 360, I have the option. If I don't want it thats a hundred or so more dollars towards more games and stuff. Something Sony don't give you the option with!