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post #11 of 38
I've been debating buying it today. It's pretty tempting but I really want to see (maybe a year and half down the road) how the next gen format war pans out.
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post #12 of 38
Is there really that much stuff out utilizing HD-DVD as of yet? Just wondering because I don't plan on purchasing it till there's a lot that use it.

Oh yeah, I didn't know the device would work on a PC. Pretty sweet. I'd be funny if the PS3 could detect the drive and use it as well...hmm...a true multi-media system.

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Well, not to be a naysayer, but M$ should have thought of this from the get go. It's yet another way for Microsoft to capitalize off of the Xbox namesake. If there aren't any plans for making games for the HD-DVD format, why make something that could be glorified by just buying a standard HD-DVD player? No Halo 3 big and ballsy, no Gears of War with enhanced graphics. This seems like kind of a waste of money to me. There's nothing that can be done of it, other than watching movies. Am I crazy for thinking so?
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The enhanced storage capacity of HD-DVDs and Blu-Rays does not make for better graphics in games. Only one game I know of is even large enough to fill a single dual-layer DVD and its graphics blow. The HD-DVD add-on is solely for playing movies. Microsoft didn't include it with their console in order to keep costs down. People that don't want one can just forego buying it. Unlike Sony who is cramming a Blu-Ray player down your throat whether you want one or not.
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I can live with the fact that Sony wants the Blu-Ray as part of their everyday implementations. Games will spawn of the creation, and they'd better damn well rock for that kind of cash. It's just the fact that the HD-DVD player doesn't do much but expand the peripherals for a system based on one drive. Two won't make it any better, unless you can hack the 360. Then, it'll be different. Until then, it's no better in my book than what it started with.
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post #16 of 38
It's just the cheap way of getting an HD-DVD drive. $200 vs. $500

There's no point in making games for it because graphics are already in HD format and quality. The only reason why you would need more space is to add HD movie sequences and nobody like to watch a bunch of cut-scenes
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post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by zorpnic View Post
Well, not to be a naysayer, but M$ should have thought of this from the get go. It's yet another way for Microsoft to capitalize off of the Xbox namesake. If there aren't any plans for making games for the HD-DVD format, why make something that could be glorified by just buying a standard HD-DVD player? No Halo 3 big and ballsy, no Gears of War with enhanced graphics. This seems like kind of a waste of money to me. There's nothing that can be done of it, other than watching movies. Am I crazy for thinking so?
Thats why I bought it so I could have a HD DVD player and nothing more. I am not someone who needs everything mult purpose. I still use my standard dvd player for standard dvd's while this just plays hd dvd's. I would do the same thing with a standalone player however this is a space saver vs a standalone and cheaper at that.

I did watch Kong tonight and I have to say HD DVD's looking amazing compared to standard and compared to my Denon DVD player that is saying a lot to me as the picture is stunning on my player.

Also the PS3 discs are not blu ray and I sincerely doubt they will as the space will never be needed and I dont think you will get a quality jump either. The only reason Sony did it was they helped create the format in the first place, thats why M$ did incorp a Blu ray player as they would be giving money right to them (I think Toshiba was part creator also).

And the only benefit you would get from a HD DVD disc on a game would be True HD DD or DTS which is bit for bit sound and there arent any recievers that fully support this. Keep in mind HD DVD's standard is DD/DTS Plus while Blu ray is still DD/DTS.

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Also the PS3 discs are not blu ray and I sincerely doubt they will as the space will never be needed and I dont think you will get a quality jump either. The only reason Sony did it was they helped create the format in the first place, thats why M$ did incorp a Blu ray player as they would be giving money right to them (I think Toshiba was part creator also).
Nope. Sony is the sole creator of the Blu-Ray format. Toshiba was the one who created the HD-DVD format.


How good does it look compared to the upconverted DVD playback on the 360? Ive noticed DVD movies looks much better playing on a 360 than they do on a standard DVD player (when using an HDTV).
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Nope. Sony is the sole creator of the Blu-Ray format. Toshiba was the one who created the HD-DVD format.
Actually...

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Who developed Blu-ray?

The Blu-ray Disc format was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a group of leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers, with more than 170 member companies from all over the world. The Board of Directors currently consists of:

Apple Computer, Inc.
Dell Inc.
Hewlett Packard Company
Hitachi, Ltd.
LG Electronics Inc.
Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Pioneer Corporation
Royal Philips Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sharp Corporation
Sony Corporation
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
TDK Corporation
Thomson Multimedia
Twentieth Century Fox
Walt Disney Pictures
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Source:http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/


Official BDA site (http://www.blu-raydisc.com/general_i...009/Index.html) has the up to date list
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Apple
Dell
HP
Hitachi
LG
Mitsubishi Electric
Panasonic
Pioneer
Philips
Samsung
Sharp
Sony
Sun Microsystems
TDK
Thomson
Twentieth Century Fox
Walt Disney
Warner Bros.
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Nope. Sony is the sole creator of the Blu-Ray format. Toshiba was the one who created the HD-DVD format.


How good does it look compared to the upconverted DVD playback on the 360? Ive noticed DVD movies looks much better playing on a 360 than they do on a standard DVD player (when using an HDTV).
They look at lot better then a standard dvd but thats about the best I can describe it. And a xbox does not upconvert a DVD to your HD settings it plays at 480p/i.

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