Blu-ray or HD DVD? 8 replies

Please wait...

BigJediGuy

2nd Lieutenant Silver

50 XP

15th July 2006

0 Uploads

175 Posts

0 Threads

#1 11 years ago

By now I hope everybody knows that Blu-ray and HD DVD are the next-gen replacments of DVD's. But here's a question that's probably been asked so many times that you'd like the shoot the people who started it. Which next-gen disc do you think will win out in the next couple years? If you were around in the 80s a similar battle took place between the two biggest technologies of that time, Betamax and VHS. Even though Betamax had better picture quality and more storage it lost out to the bigger, bulkier VHS tapes because VHS was cheaper which meant more people bought VCR's. Today Blu-ray is like Betamax from the 80s. Blu-ray's got better picture quality and can hold more info. It's also about twice as much as HD DVD. HD DVD is like VHS. It's got less picture quality and less info storage. So if this battle for supremacy plays out like the Betamax vs. VHS one then HD DVD might be the winner. What do you think? Am I right? Or am I just saying a bunch of crap that really doesn't matter?




AegenemmnoN VIP Member

The cream of the crop

228,590 XP

20th August 2003

0 Uploads

21,534 Posts

0 Threads

#2 11 years ago

I really hope for Blu-Ray. A Blu-Ray drive on my PC will rock so hard. I'm all for the storage that it provides and will then give way to MUCH larger games.

I haven't been following Blu-Ray or HD at all, though I want Blu-Ray to pull forth instead of this turning into a battle..cheaper and less confusing that way.




UNDIESRULES

Waffle-Sprocket is broke

11,795 XP

24th November 2003

0 Uploads

1,097 Posts

0 Threads

#3 11 years ago

I hope one will fall by the wayside sooner than later so we all know which one we can look forward to spending all our money on :(




marvinmatthew

Tech is where you'll find me..

50 XP

13th April 2005

0 Uploads

3,627 Posts

0 Threads

#4 11 years ago

At the moment, both formats are still too expensive for the average consumer, so very few people have an HD-DVD or Blu-Ray player.

It's still to early to say who will win. Blu-Ray is getting a big boost by being in all PS3's, but at the moment Sony hasn't shipped that many PS3's. However, most HD-DVD players are much cheaper than Blu-Ray players, giving them a sizable advantage.




Rookie VIP Member

128,030 XP

3rd May 2005

0 Uploads

11,953 Posts

0 Threads

#5 11 years ago
marvinmatthew;3418006It's still to early to say who will win. Blu-Ray is getting a big boost by being in all PS3's, but at the moment Sony hasn't shipped that many PS3's.

So saying, Microsoft have started to ship add-on HD-DVD players for the xBox 360. An interesting move (which clearly shows where MS's loyalties lie), however whether or not all that many people will shell out for the add-on drive is another matter...




Dragokatzov

GF is my bext friend *hugs GF*

50 XP

24th January 2005

0 Uploads

1,363 Posts

0 Threads

#6 11 years ago

I am a hardcore sony fan, but i truly believe blu-ray will be the new betamax. Lots of major companies have chosen to go with HD-DVD, and personally, I think HD-DVD is a better name; a lot of people who barly know what a cd is will probably buy HD-DVD becasue it sounds more familar

working in technical support for as long as i have had really destroyed my faith in humanity, and well, i think this post shows it




C38368

...burning angel wings to dust

50 XP

14th February 2004

0 Uploads

5,013 Posts

0 Threads

#7 11 years ago

First off, the VHS/Betamax analogy is flawed. VHS won out because Philips gave away VCRs early in that format war, whereas Sony expected consumers to buy both the media and the player. Thus, Philips created an infrastructure faster. It had next to nothing to do with cost or quality.

You've also not paid any attention to the most recent format war: DVD-A vs SACD. By all ccounts, SACD "won" this war, as evidenced by the fact that SACDs are easier to come by the DVD-As. Anyone here own an SACD, or a player that supports them? Probably not, because consumers frankly don't give a rip and most can't tell you what makes am SACD differenct from a DVD-A from a Redbook CD.

I expect that the same will happen with Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Sony and Toshiba will be in a shooting war over it for some time, then consumers will simply decide that standard def DVDs look fine, and both formats will find themselves relegated to the collections of video- and technophiles. The presence of a player on the PS3 or Xbox360 won't create enough of a market to justify a mass transistion away from standard def for the publishers.

Or maybe I'm just a cynic.




Bs|Archaon

I would die without GF

50 XP

15th March 2006

0 Uploads

5,910 Posts

0 Threads

#8 11 years ago

I'm hoping someone brings out a player that can do both for a reasonable price and we'll all go home happy.




BigJediGuy

2nd Lieutenant Silver

50 XP

15th July 2006

0 Uploads

175 Posts

0 Threads

#9 11 years ago

YEAH GO HD DVD!! Sorry C38368. I didn't do much research about the Betamax vs. VHS battle in the 80s. I'm not an expert on that at all cuz I wasn't even born yet when it took place. But consider this for a moment (wow I said that way to fancy like). The name DVD is a catchy name that is easy to say when you say "I just got a new DVD". The name HD DVD is really easy to say and just rolls off the tongue so easily when you say "I just got a new HD DVD". But Blu-ray's name is not catchy and kinda stupid when you say "I just got a new Blu-ray" or "I just got a new BD". Who the hell is gonna wanna say "I just got a new BD". Umm....BD....does that mean?......Bitchy Dog? Cmon this name sucks. Of course the name has only a little part to do with the whole thing. So I guess I'm just exaggerating the point (wow I keep talking fancy).