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Thread: Will a Blu-Ray retail version of WipeoutHD be released?

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    Do you really think that or have you just bought into the wishful thinking of MicroSoft & Apple?

    If you've invested in an HD TV, have a quality surround sound set up and a good amplifier, the last thing you'll want to do is pay Steve Jobs through the arse for a 720p movie download from iTunes with a single audio track that's compressed to hell.

    What you want is 1080p and high end uncompressed audio, and that's where Blu-Ray outstrips some mythical download service.

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    Besides, Blu - Ray discs have a 50 GB Capacity IIRC, so there is a lot of space to work with compared to 2GB download that 'HD might be.(It could be larger, 2GB is a rough estimate).

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    Yes, I really think that, and it has nothing to do with MicroSoft or Apple or download; it has to do with an already available portable mass data storage form reaching moderately high capacity and reasonable cost per gigabyte plus natively greater speed of data access and transfer, hence reaching practicality and desirability, before Blu-Ray can ever pay for itself. The disc as a data storage form is doomed in the near future.

    Maybe if they had started with UV wavelength lasers, they would have bought themselves enough time to stave off solid-state circuitry for long enough to make a profit.

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    Yes, it should run faster on the HD than the b-r disc, but not significantly.

    Want proof, look at Devil May Cry 4.

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    DVD will be the most popular format for a few more years, and Blu Ray will dominate for a decade at least.
    Sure in the future downloads are the way but there are huge markets in developing countries that wont be ready for broadband explosion for decades as such dvd etc will be manufactured and be popular.
    The ps2 continues to sell huge numbers, not in the uk but in eastern europe and asia and africa and the like - places that arent necessarily on the cutting edge so to speak cant afford ps3s but a ps2 for 60-80 and 6000+ games.. . so in 5-10 when the ps3 is on its way out in the 'rich countries' it will be around in the other countries and blu ray will be thriving there still

    In 10yrs time, there might be dload services for some parts of europe and america and japan that are awesome for hd content, but many countries wont have that infrastructure as such dvds or blu rays or whatever you can buy in shops then, will remain popular

    I think, anyway

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    You've just hit the nail on the head there. I mean, I bought the original Half - Life (Pre - owned as Valve have discontinued it), for an insignificant 7. That 7 would be worth quite a bit to someone in an LEDC, whilst to us, it is nothing.

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    I used to be more enthused about the prospects for digital downloading as a means of distributing media (movies, audio, whatever)-- before I noticed how much damn harddrive space it takes up!

    Even for "gimped" quality stuff (e.g., iTunes video), it will fill your hard-drive in a hurry. Sure, you can delete stuff after watching, but there are no guarantees of being able to freely download it again in the future, even for free content (podcasts). Sure, you can archive the stuff, but using DVDs it is a real chore. (Ironically, blu-ray would be real help with that.)

    There is also the issue of diminishing the "free" space on the hard-drive, and in fragmenting the hard-drive, such that overall performance of the computer is diminished.

    So even for me, a hardcore Apple supporter and somebody that in general likes what iTunes offers to the consumer-- I have concluded that heavy reliance on digital downloads would require me to purchase a dedicated media hub mac, at a cost of >$1,500. It would also require considerable effort for maintenance and archiving material.

    At the moment, it's not worth it to me-- and so I primarily use DVDs and CDs for media, and will be taking the plunge to blu-ray before too long.

    Ten years out-- when some of the issues have been resolved-- I have no doubt that digital distribution will be the standard.

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    An interesting discussion. I come down on the download side I think. I think DVD isn't going anywhere soon. As pointed out, many countries won't be moving to Blu-Ray or anything else for quite some time. But I don't think the outcome of that will be that Blu-Ray dominates at that point. I think it will more likely be that Blu-Ray is bypassed and the huge move will be from DVD to downloads.

    The weird thing is, if iTunes and similar services (and even illegal torrents etc) has been any indicator, huge numbers of people will quite happily take reduced quality for ease of availability and use. The 1080p and uncompressed audio doesn't mean a huge amount to most people and the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray even on a ginormous great HD telly isn't anywhere near the previous jumps from VHS to DVD or even tape to CD. It's just not that much of a draw.

    Where I'm really curious about the long-term effects is in the move to DRM-free audio downloads. I've you've bought a high-quality DRM-free audio track, there is no reason on the planet to buy it again. Up to now, music companies have been able to resell music on each move but I think that's going to come to an end as people build up their own libraries digitally in formats they can move to any new systems or players. They'll probably remaster loads in different formats like 5.1 or whatever as a new draw but I'd be amazed if that gets repeat sales in the way the move to CD did.

    I see this happening with video too. Once you get to a certain resolution and audio quality, unless you own an actual cinema, there's nowhere to go. And once you've got those files, you've got them.

    But anyway, yeah, I see the move to downloads as being the next big format. I have no doubt Blu-ray will do well but I think don't think it's the future of video.

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    Tech stupid question, but doesn't keeping the high video quality of a 1080p game take up a huge amount of space on memory, I know in music, CDs sound better than downloaded music(very small difference, but one just the same), maybe because they are compressed?
    I like Dvds, looks cool on the shelf. If the downloading thing takes over, I'll have to put snow globes up there, please don't let it happen.

    Lance did you buy an HD dvd player?

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    Yes, they do take up a lot of space.

    However, as we know from our good friends Mr Jobs and Mr Gates, media hubs with over half a terrabyte of storage are so cheap and mass market that you'll be able to pay them so that you can store all ten of your favourite movies and a couple of seasons worth of your two favourite shows.

    What? You have more than ten favourite movies? And more than two favourite shows?

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