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Friday, June 10, 2005

Unification of Blu-ray and HD-DVD Merger Dead

Blu-ray and HD-DVD merger dead

"Ken Kutaragi, Sony Computer Entertainment president, has spoken out about the issue of a unified next generation disc standard. He said that they have chosen to use Blu-ray for the PlayStation 3 because he feels the chances of a unified format are very slim. He said that 'There's very little chance that the negotiations will go through,' and went on to say that 'product planning' for the PlayStation 3 was the reason behind the decision.

It looks like we may see a format war between Toshiba's HD-DVD and Sony's Blu-ray. Toshiba claim that the HD-DVD format should be the format of choice because of its more standard disc manufacturing methods, similar to that of normal DVDs. Sony claims that Blu-ray should be the disc to choose because of its superior storage of 50GB, compared to HD-DVD's 30GB. With each company seeing their format as the best, analysts think the chances of a unified format are very slim.

In an interview with Mainichi Interactive, Sony Blu-ray management director Kiyoshi Nishitani showed little optimism about a future agreement. "There's too much difference between our beliefs," he said. "The Blu-ray can record 50GB, but the HD-DVD can only record 30GB. Without 50GB of capacity, we can't answer the demands of long hours of high-definition video recording and high-quality extras. The HD-DVD camp is saying that we don't need that much capacity, but it will be required in the future."

Similar doubts were also expressed by Toshiba managing director, Yoshihide Fujii. "Toshiba has no plans to agree with Sony," he said. "Most movie studios have said that the HD-DVD's 30GB capacity is enough. Normal households use HDs for long hours of recordings, and they record whatever they want to save long-term onto DVDs. So there's really no need for a recording media with an extreme capacity. The consumers are most concerned about inexpensive media. Therefore, the HD is better than the Blu-ray, since it can be manufactured by current DVD production machines and costs less to create.""


Anonymous sigmund
Blue Ray all the way...  

Anonymous Yomamasita
the HD-DVD's are plenty, why do we need 50 gigs on one disk...for now at least  

Anonymous Killabee
Microsoft should just add the drive that wins as a plug and play....will this work???  

Anonymous Anonymous
yea I quess they could do this if they made drivers that would support it...  

Anonymous Asscracker
If Blue Ray doesn't get adopted do you think Sony will put it up for adoption...or will the just put it on someone's door step...or even worse in a trashbag in the dumpster  

Blogger D.Vader
sigmund said...
Blue Ray all the way...

I concur.

Yomamasita said...
the HD-DVD's are plenty, why do we need 50 gigs on one disk...for now at least

Do you want to make another standard 5 years from now or 10? Blu-Ray will grow, they have working prototypes up to 200GB.

Killabee said...
Microsoft should just add the drive that wins as a plug and play....will this work???

MS has no upgrade path planned. If anything it will be an external box for the initial ones released. Me thinks supply is going to be very low for the first round of Xbox 360s. That way they can release an updated version with HD Drive in it.

Anonymous said...
yea I quess they could do this if they made drivers that would support it...

I believe the core of the Xbox and Xbox 360 is Windows 2000 with a ton of code removed. So I would imagine drivers wouldn't be a huge challange

Asscracker said...
If Blue Ray doesn't get adopted do you think Sony will put it up for adoption...or will the just put it on someone's door step...or even worse in a trashbag in the dumpster

What makes you think they won't get adopted. So far I belive Blu-Ray is in the lead for industry support. The HD-DVD format is an offshoot of current technology, we need forward thinking technolgy.  

Anonymous Unknown
i dont understand y blu-ray will be so much money. you can buy 5 ps3 games and in them 5 games u bought, u could of just bought another ps3.
i would like to but this blu-ray disks will put of sony buyers and go for the xbox 360 which im thinkin of.
i always said i will be a sony person and will not change to xbox or nintendo, but it seems im goin that way :(.
someone please add me to email and chat to me about it.
urmum06@yahoo.co.uk  

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