Monday, September 18, 2006

Blu-ray still weighing Sony down; Major Nelson doesn't want to lose "good" competition

Some Movie studios are switching camps and/or playing double agent with Blu-ray and HD-DVD.

The president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment has come out in favor of Microsoft’s backed HD-DVD format rather than Sony’s Blu-ray. That puts Universal, Warner, Paramount, HBO, New Line Cinemas and the Weinstein Company all in the HD-DVD camp.

I'm not surprised. Sony is not only bungling when it comes to the PS3, but to Blu-ray as well. Between pricing and outdated MPEG2 encoding, it's clear that the Blu-ray strategy is completely unfocused and totally awry. It will be hard to convince consumers that the PS3 is a good purchase because it is a cheap-but-still-expensive Blu-ray player if interest in the format completely wanes.

As opposed to the idiots lost and confused souls at Sony, Major Nelson makes an outstanding comment on Blu-ray:

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Take off your Microsoft hat. As a gamer, what do you think of PS3?

Major Nelson: I’ve got a PS1 and a PS2, but as a gamer with PS3 I feel like roadkill. Sony seems so intent on pushing Blu-Ray forward that it’s going full steam ahead and not holding back on the torpedos. We’ll see what happens when they ship. I’m sure they’ll have a few good titles, but I don’t know if that will make me spend 7 or 8 hundred dollars. For that money I can get an Xbox 360 and a Wii! I hope Sony isn’t marginalising itself out of the market because it’s done some amazing things for the industry and we need a good competitor. Microsoft is at its best when it has a good competitor.

What a surprisingly fresh and honest comment. Kaz, Ken, and Phil really should go to the same reality training that Major Nelson Larry Hryb went to. Maybe they could learn to tell the truth and say something worthwhile to more than the rabid fanboy dog-pack of the other console camps.


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