Originally posted by: The Omen
hell... the only reason a lot of people switched to DVDs from VHS was because so many stores stopped selling VHS tapes.
You are incorrect sir. The reason DVDs took over is the same reason CDs took over cassettes-going from a hideous format that basically robbed recordings of all their integrity (such as album to cassette tape) to a format that kept music/films as close to the source material as possible, while being more convenient in stature and comparable in price. Not too mention more storage, better sound, all the extras you can't get on VHS, better picture, ...it's just better. I didn't buy a DVD player until 2001. By that time DVDs had been out for four years, yet my local blockbuster and Best Buy had their selections split evenly between Vhs and DVD. (Obviously, 2001- 2002 marks the first huge leap in the DVD market saturation, and that's when the inferior product started to disappear.)
As far as Blu Ray, Sony had better wise up and realize if they charge anywhere over $25 a movie, the going is going to be tough, especially when you can get the same movie for $10-15 cheaper on DVD. And knowing Sony, they will start Blu Ray discs at $40. The PS3 is going to sell, and sell well, but it won't be just because of Blu Ray, it'll be the PS brand in addition to the new thing in technology. But I doubt it'll turn into another PS2 performance, just because the prices are so high compared to the PS2/Dreamcast/NGC gen.
Agreed! But I see sony falling short on their projected sales for the success of the PS3, they are far too relying on the samething that really sold the PS2 to repeat itself with the PS3, and as I recall the PS2 had more DVD's being sold than there was software for quite sometime. Now, I seriously doubt this will be the case with the PS3, due to costs, of both the console and the Blu-Ray DVD's and software, since there will be a significant increase of cost. I doubt anyone who just recently got or has had a DVD player will wanna switch at a drop at the hat, seeing how'll we're looking at least a $1000 for a stand alone Blu-Ray DVD player, I do not know what the pricing may be for the HD-DVD player. But my Estimate would be more or less the same.
I just don't understand why not use the exisiting format "DVD" and make a High Def version, I know it's possible, seeing the space on a DVD can be tinkered with great results, how hard would it be to make new player's in HD? Seriously, the new formatts are unnesessary. Hell, DVD's are already in 480p, which is still pretty impressive, all there's left is 720p and 1080i, 1080p on the other hand is few and far inbetween, I give it a few more years before it starts being more common in HD TV set's.
MS is making a mistake with the HD-DVD addon, they haven't announced a price or a release date, and it's only to play Movies in HD. it's like MS has admitted that they should of gone with another formatt but they wanted to rush to get out first. It's like they wanted to make the mistakes Sega did, hmmmm... meh.
This gives Nintendo an advantage, they will have DVD built in, so no problem they can compete with the other's in having a formatt to watch DVD's, while the other's struggle to sell their features, let alone prove their price range is more than worth it, since 360's and from what dev's are hinting about PS3, nothing's gonna give the "WOW" factor this gen has, GFX wise. I turn to Rev to reinvent the wheel and make gaming fun once more, while other's just sit there and play pee knuckle
And Ian mentioned me
I feel so honored heh