Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Kotaku commenter has his HD-DVD/Bluray facts straight

I was flabbergasted. Kudos to caleb for knowing the current truth about the "next gen format war".

I've covered this information before, but maybe some naysayers would like to hear it from someone else?

Things I would like to add:

  • Bluray-supporters should keep in mind that Sony is pushing the continued use of MPEG2 because they hold patents on it.

  • Continued DVD backwards compatibility could be in jeopardy if the Bluray companies decide they don't want to pay Toshiba for DVD licensing anymore. This is probably the reason why the mystical Bluray-DVD hybrid disc isn't talked about anymore.

  • Bluray's uber protective layer and potential 50GB double layer disc are in development because they are needed; not necessarily because they benefited the consumer. The Bluray data layer is really close to the surface, making it an easy victim to damage. Hence the protective layer. 50GB will be needed if MPEG2 continues to be the outdated codec the Bluray companies use.

Anyway, you can read more on my recent HD-DVD and Bluray related articles if you so desire. The other articles have link references to what I added above.

Do I still want either format? Nope.


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