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Old 12-08-2006, 11:49 AM   #1
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PS3 Hurting Blu-Ray Acceptance...

Posted Dec 7th 2006 1:55PM by Justin Murray
Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Business

It is common knowledge that the PS3 is being used as a means to boost the Blu-ray install-base, even if Sony won't come out and say it. However, it would appear that Blu-ray is being harmed by its inclusion in the PS3.

According to a survey by Cymfony, a analyst group that focuses on market influence, HD-DVD has 46% more positive discussions on various websites than Blu-ray. Half as many people are also impressed with Blu-ray visuals than are with HD-DVD visuals. The key reasons for low Blu-ray acceptance is the forced (there's that word again) inclusion in the PS3 and Sony's format reputation.

Consumers are clearly not warming up to Blu-ray. The reasons range from fear of another Sony flop -- they've never been good at initializing a format change -- to the using the PS3 to boost the install base. It would appear that Microsoft's HD-DVD add-on was the right choice after all; if you want it, great, if you don't, you've saved yourself $200. If Cymfony's claims that they reliably predict market trends are right, this data could convince manufacturers that Blu-ray is a bad move and swing near-full support toward HD-DVD ... and damage a major PS3 selling point.

[Via Engadget]

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/12/07/ps...ay-acceptance/


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Old 12-08-2006, 03:18 PM   #2
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if you want it, great, if you don't, you've saved yourself $200.
BAM, exact statement I was going to make. Sony definitely should have adopted that philosophy.
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:45 PM   #3
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yep, thats one of the main points I liked about the 360. They aren't trying to force their preferred technology on you. Many people dont have HD, so why should they have to buy it?
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I found these, too:
http://news.digitaltrends.com/talkback158.html
And good old Dvorak wrote this: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ZDM/story?id=2699492

I actually plan on getting the HD-DVD add-on for the 360 this weekend. I don't care that it doesn't have an HDMI connection because my TV doesn't, either. I have over $100 credit at EB Games, so to me it's an HD-DVD player for under $100. Not bad at all.
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BAM, exact statement I was going to make. Sony definitely should have adopted that philosophy.
LOL!!!! Watch the ps3's next "revision" of their system include an optional blu ray player ;) with updated bios, new playmotes, and external power supply.

But all joking aside...i'm being serious with my comment just now. The ps3 is gonna be a flop just cause of it's price point. Why buy 1 system when you can get 2 for the same price and have games that are just as good if not better.
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LOL!!!! Watch the ps3's next "revision" of their system include an optional blu ray player ;) with updated bios, new playmotes, and external power supply.

But all joking aside...i'm being serious with my comment just now. The ps3 is gonna be a flop just cause of it's price point. Why buy 1 system when you can get 2 for the same price and have games that are just as good if not better.
for sony that not an option..
ps3 games are blue ray disks...

there are some rumors saying that next year the wii will have a HD-DVD...

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35919
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i actually heard that not all ps3 games will be blu-ray cds. so why do i need the blu-ray drive? if you put it in there use it!

p.s. someone traded in a ps3 at my gs today.
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^No, not all of them are...if i remember correctly only 1 of the launch titles were on blu ray (I could be wrong)

But the thing is that slowly sony is gonna have all their new games released on blu ray so sooner or later they'd have to get the drive anyway (if it was an option)
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I thought all the release titles were only available in the regular 720p? Wasn't GT HD supposed to be the first release on Blu-Ray? That's the one with all the micro-transactions for different cars and tracks...
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I thought all the release titles were only available in the regular 720p? Wasn't GT HD supposed to be the first release on Blu-Ray? That's the one with all the micro-transactions for different cars and tracks...
Oh, you mean the GT they just canceled to focus on GT5? That was crap to release it as a stripped down version and charge for cars and tracks. It's going to be a free "demo" now as a download.

I know Resistance was 16GB, too big for a normal DVD. I thought all the games would end up being on Blu-Ray.

And HD-DVD on the 360: Oh. My. God.
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