Anyways, this thread clearly isn't going as I intended, so just forget about it. Sorry.
Too many misleading words and exaggerations tend to do that to a thread. It starts with the title, Sony and Blu-ray have nothing to "look out" for, and the "future" you're suggesting is a ways off, if in fact it does become reality. And if it does, Sony may just sit back, analyze where it can be perfected as they always do, and yet again lead the industry with their own version. With PC tech changing as fast as it does, optical disc technology in and of itself is actually one thing that has been fairly slow to change by comparison.
In other words, this, being a Tech Discussion forum, has many rational minds belonging to realists, not fanatics. You should expect such responses here. ;)
Noobst3R;4774729To be honest, does anybody owns a blu-ray player? And frequently uses it? And not a PS3, a real player bought for watching movies.
What difference does it make if my blue-ray player is a ps3? Works just as well if not better because it can get firmware updates, and it can play my games. Besides i also have one in my laptop.
I'd say because people don't buy the PS3 for the BluRay player alone, They buy it with the main thing in mind graphics, power, games, the fact it can play games, being able to play BluRay is just an advantage.
Gettin' real tired of you ducking me, man...
29th December 2004
Sgt. D. Pilla;4776543I'd say because people don't buy the PS3 for the BluRay player alone, They buy it with the main thing in mind graphics, power, games, the fact it can play games, being able to play BluRay is just an advantage.
I used to think this was the case as well, since that was my reasoning when I picked up a PS3. However, it seems that fully 90% of the people I know who own one bought it for the Blu-Ray player, and said, "It's kinda cool that it plays games, too." I guess I'm in the minority, after all.
At one time, the PS3 was the #2 rated Blu-Ray player on the market. I don't know where it falls these days, though.
Just like the PS2, XBOX and 360 are all crap DVD players the PS3 is a crap BluRay player. It does the job, just like a PS2/XBOX/360 does the job if you don't have a DVD player; but there's a reason they make players that cost more than a PS3 and yet only do one thing: play BluRay. Hell you can still get DVD players that cost more than a PS3 and only play DVDs; not only that but they're still being manufactured and new ones are still being developed/released.
At the end of the day though most people will put convenience and value before the quality of the player. For the majority as long as it plays BluRay they don't care.
I'm going to ask a silly question here, but why are there DVD/Blu-Ray players that are more expensive than the PS2/3? It's the same data being sent to the same display.
There are always super high-end versions of everything for all those audiophiles and videophiles out there.
The_Daedalus;4776882I'm going to ask a silly question here, but why are there DVD/Blu-Ray players that are more expensive than the PS2/3? It's the same data being sent to the same display.
That's like saying any mechanical watch is just as good as the next because it performs the same task. It comes down to the precision of the manufacturing and quality of parts and in the case of electronics, even the functions the chips perform.
Not all DVD and Blu-ray players have the same function in their chips, or even the same chipsets. Some are more sophisticated than others, such as the many varying levels of Faroudja Labs technology in some DVD players. It also depends a lot on what quality of display you have.
By the same token you can't expect anything that has Faroudja Labs technology in it to be drastically better than something that doesn't. It's a technology that has been mass marketed and there are crap versions of it and really sophisticated ones.
Aside from that, the units that have much better chipsets typically are holistically better in everything. The laser quality, transport mechanism, vibration damping, noise shielding, shell material, power supply, etc, etc. Thus the price goes up dramatically.
That being said, I still think the PS3 is a better buy than it has been seen as by many. Just the fact that it has a full 1080p capable Blu-ray player at all when the original 360s you could add an HD-DVD player onto didn't even have a 1080p capable HDMI port speaks well for the value. I have seen Blu-ray movies displayed on a Sony 42" at the local Blockbuster using just a PS3 and it looks incredible.
With DVD format there are indeed drastic differences in image quality with varying levels of DVD players. With Blu-ray being so hi res though, the differnces are much less noticeable. Most coming off DVD players would be completely happy with the PS3 for movie playing, esp if their TVs are not huge.
So I guess I should forget about getting a Blu-Ray drive for my PC then?
Billz1282;4777046So I guess I should forget about getting a Blu-Ray drive for my PC then?
Erm, who ever said anything about BluRay drives in computers?