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...Microsoft is also offering er "cash incentives" to system vendors or retailers if they agree to support HD-DVD....
There we go, Micro**** is bribing to support inferior technology, again. Blu Ray is proven to be faster and more efficient than HD-DVD, as it is a new technology instead of just a new compression and burn.
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but we know that eventually both formats will be available in microsoft powered devices

i feel the same way that when vhs defeated beta altough the last one was superior
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Oh for christ sake.

Sony will do the same thing. Intel does crap like that already. So does AMD. ATI, nVidia - they cut checks as well to all kinds of manufacturers. So do SLI. Everyone does. In gaming industry, platform companies cut huge checks to keep exclusive titles.

There is so much background money in hardware and software it almost makes the retail side look just like icing on the cake.

However, I bet that both formats will work on MS products, only one format will work on Sony products (you think MS is proprietary compared to Sony? Hah.)

Blu-ray will also be way more expensive, have a LOT more built in DRM and basically cause most manufacturing plants to go to scratch.
HD DVD, while not as "spiffy" will be cheaper, better than what we have now.

We better see some better dates at CES...
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There we go, Micro**** is bribing to support inferior technology, again. Blu Ray is proven to be faster and more efficient than HD-DVD, as it is a new technology instead of just a new compression and burn.
HD DVD is alot cheaper to make and it only holds like 20% less than Blu Ray. And Blu Ray doesnt have any scratch protection so one scratch could ruin the whole disk. Oh and Blu Ray is only supporting mpeg2 for movies...so I wouldnt say HD DVD is inferior...
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HD DVD is alot cheaper to make and it only holds like 20% less than Blu Ray. And Blu Ray doesnt have any scratch protection so one scratch could ruin the whole disk. Oh and Blu Ray is only supporting mpeg2 for movies...so I wouldnt say HD DVD is inferior...
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Hard-coating technology

TDK 100 Gigabytes four-layer Blu-Ray disc.

Because the Blu-ray standard places data so close to the surface of the disc, early discs were susceptible to dust and scratches and had to be enclosed in plastic caddies for protection. Such an inconvenience, the consortium worried, would hobble Blu-ray's adoption in the face of the rival HD DVD standard; HD DVDs can be handled bare (caddyless) like CDs and DVDs, making them familiar to consumers as well as attractive to manufacturers and distributors who might be deterred by additional costs of caddies.

The solution to this problem arrived in January 2004 with the introduction of a clear polymer coating that gives Blu-ray discs unprecedented scratch resistance. The coating, developed by TDK Corporation under the name "Durabis", allows BDs to be cleaned safely with only a tissue — a procedure that can damage current CDs and DVDs. Presumably HD DVDs risk are similarly frail, as they are manufactured by the same process as the older optical media. Bare BDs with the coating are reportedly able to withstand attack by a screwdriver. [5]
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I thought Sony abandoned that cause the laser couldnt shine through it right or something
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As far as I know, BD-Roms will be "caddy" less like regular DVDs BUT PS3 games WILL be forms of BD-Roms that are encased in the so called "caddies". Like a UMD, presumably partially to help reduce the liklihood that people will copy their PS3 games, the PS3's BD-Rom drive will be able to accept BD-Roms with or without the caddy so PS3 can still play Blu Ray movies and stuff.
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