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PS3 Played Major Role In Blu-Ray Win

By now, you're all well aware of the fact that the high-definition movie format war is over: Blu-Ray is the clear victor, and HD-DVD has admitted defeat. Now, in retrospect, it seems the PlayStation 3 was - perhaps not surprisingly - the driving force behind such a speedy victory.

According to the annual report by the Entertainment Merchants Association, they have said that the PS3 "is the primary driver behind Blu-Ray sales, with 87% of PS3 owners watching Blu-Ray movies on their console." This is the very same organization that called Blu-Ray the losing format back in 2006, but now, due very much in part to the PS3, everything has changed. Furthermore, in looking down the road, they have issued the following prediction: through 2009, the PS3 will remain the "main force" behind Blu-Ray disc sales, at least until the standalone BD players begin to outstrip the PS3...and that might take a while to happen. The PS3 continues to sell well as it gains ground on the competition and is helped along by the likes of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. In the future, many analysts are predicting that the PS3 will win the console war (eventually).

There's probably little doubt that without the PS3 acting as a Trojan Horse of sorts for Blu-Ray, it could've been Toshiba's format holding the trophy now. But everything seems to have worked out quite well for Sony, yes?

7/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

MarvelZombies
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:33:26 PM
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I knew Hd-DVD would lose from the beginning...I am a strict supporter of Sony...

I Hate Microsoft, not only for S***box 360...but also for Windows Vista...and still way before that...way before original Xbox

I told everyone to buy Blu and all I got in return was,...you're f***in crazy man...

And what happens...everyone that invested in Hd-DVD wastes a s*** load of cash and has to go blu anyway...

Thats the price of stupidity...i mean look at consumer reports...not once can i think of a problem with anything sony...except for the exploding battery for the PS2 a couple years back, but that didn't affet me...

Overall i guess what I'm trying to say is that sony has arguably some of the most durable, entertaining equiptment of the market ever since they first began producing electronics...

Last edited by SHADOW on 7/5/2008 2:20:32 AM

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 12:31:15 AM

Sony does make good products but... tone it down a notch. It's a corporation not a sports team or something.

I have also had great expiriences with Sony, when I need to buy any sort of electronics I look at them first. That being said they also made the worst DVD player I ever owned so they aren't perfect just really good.

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MarvelZombies
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:33:56 PM
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Sum It All Up: Sony = Awesomeness

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 12:48:09 AM
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This "news story" wins the captain obvious award. If you didn't know that the PS3 was responsible for a Blu victory then you have no business discussing the "format war".

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skoda
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 1:03:50 AM
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Well lets face it boys and girls unless you own a 5,000 dollar tv blu ray is still a waist of money. and sides just cause sony makes it doesnt mean its awesome. Ps2 first console to incorporate the dvd GREAT idea making it the worst f***ing dvd player ive ever owned BAD idea.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 5:04:32 AM

I loved my PS2 as a DVD player. My POS standalone player that I alluded to in my other post would act like almost every disc had a scratch on it, it would skip and stop for no reason and it hated home-made DVD's but I could stick almost any disc into my PS2 and it would work without so much as a hiccup. The onscreen menu and navigation was crappy but if you invested 10 bucks on a remote control you had no issues I'd love to hear why you think it was a bad DVD player though.

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ThePoetRazel
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 5:20:54 AM

Actually Skoda, I have a quality 40 inch 1080 HD tv that cost £800 which is roughly $1600. So your "5,000 dollar" amount is a little bit off there.
And btw, the PS3's blu-ray player is excellent and could even get better as it's "future-proofed" through software updates.

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 10:10:18 AM

I got two of my HD TV'S for $370 and $600, so I dont know what you are talking about when you say- "Well lets face it boys and girls unless you own a 5,000 dollar tv blu ray is still a waist of money."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 10:25:22 AM

skoda: As Poet already said, nobody needs to pay $5000 for a high-def TV. You can buy most high-def TVs for between $1000 and $1500; you can even get one that supports full 1080p HD for $1500, like I did. I have a 40" Samsung 1080p that cost that, and it's not even necessary for Blu-Ray; you just need any HD TV.

Furthermore, almost 90% of all TVs purchased last holiday season were HD-ready. So what you're saying is entirely untrue; many millions of people, and very soon, MOST people, have a TV that can support HD. Furthermore, considering all DVD players have to produce movies in standard definition, there was very little difference at all between the PS2 DVD player and a standalone player.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 6:24:56 PM

$5000 dollars is an exaggeration. Here's what he meant though. In order to truly "see" the difference between 720p and 1080p you need a 52 inch TV. Those are obviously very expensive.

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 7:38:05 PM

I actually found a great deal. I just recently bought a 61" 1080p HDTV. It was a floor model, and I talked them down - ended up being just under $1300. Of course it's a DLP, but it's an excellent picture, and it's not really that much bigger than an LCD or plasma.

But yeah, I'd definitely say that Blu-ray can thank the PS3 for it's success. I was going to get a HD DVD player and decided to hold off and just get a PS3 down the road. :\

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Jove
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 10:39:40 PM

you guys are getting too attached to the word. he probably meant 5000, not literary, but as in saying it costs a lot. plus respect his opinion about the worst dvd player HE ever had. plus he doesnt have to like blu ray considering it sent the costs of ps3 flying and caused massive shortages when it launched...

just a tought

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Tatsujin
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 1:52:39 AM

Dear Skoda...
The way you pull the price out of your ass is amazing, please... Teach me how to do it... I wan't to be able to go up to the Xbox fans and say "Dude, I bought a brand new Xbox 360 Elite for 10k grand... Isn't that cool?"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 7:22:09 PM
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Nah, I can certainly see the difference between 720p and 1080p on my 40".

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 7:40:54 PM

I don't know personally I just go by things I've read in the past. I just think some people were jumping down his throat for no real reason.

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Tatsujin
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 1:54:56 AM

At first, when I first got the PS3, I didnt even plug it in yet and I was like "WTF is this, You can't change to 1080p!?" And then my question was answered... My PS3 prompted me to change to 1080p lol, What a nice system I thought :)

P.S. I knew Blu-Ray would win from the beginning, but to be honest.. I had no idea that PS3 actually impacted THAT much :O

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skoda
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 2:28:57 AM
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First off those of you that understood what i meant by saying 5 grand thank you it was a dramatic exageration. That i will admit and those of you getting 300 and 400 dollar hdtvs what type are they? Lcd Plasman Or just a suped up tube tv. Im just saying that at the moment the technology for the blu ray is still highly overrated especially for dvd still practically being in infancy in comparison to other formats. And my comments pretaining to the ps2 dvd player it may just be me but mine blew i had two original model ps2s and both of them were god awfull dvd players they skipped error and just plain hated my dvd collection. now with the slim Not so many problems sound is still weak but that i can live with. And lets face it we all knew hd dvd was garbage especially when you have to add a 200 plus player to your 360

Last edited by skoda on 7/6/2008 2:31:30 AM

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Tatsujin
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 11:49:45 AM

Well for one, My PS2 dvd player worked awsome... And still does.. I had this one for over 10 years now (Or nearly) And HDTV's can sell anywhere from $400-$7000 bucks... Even more.. It depends on the size (OH yea ladies, size does matter :) ) The company that made it (Hence, top notch TVs by Sony, Samsung and Sharpe are more expensive) and what it's max is (750p cost less than a 1080p)

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 12:29:34 PM

Actually mine is a 1080p and 1080i HD tv and i got it for $380. Also Tatsujin the ladies dont always like the big ones if you know what i mean.

Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 7/6/2008 12:33:29 PM

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