PS3 News: Blu-Ray Flourishes In Europe - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Blu-Ray Flourishes In Europe

Everyone is wondering how the current recession will impact the video game industry, but not only does gaming appear to be standing stoic in the face of the economic ailment, but Blu-Ray also appears to be flourishing.

According to a recent Futuresource press release published at PRWeb, "sales of Blu-Ray disc movies are defying the odds and bucking the credit crunch." So far, Sony is already reporting record numbers heading into the holiday season, and both movies and BD players are disappearing quickly from store shelves. This data comes from a European source, but it could be a good indication of how Blu-Ray is performing in North America, assuming it's a worldwide demand for the new high-definition format. At this point, they expect Blu-Ray player sales to "more than triple" in 2009 in Europe, and they're not even counting potential sales of the PlayStation 3! For the British region, consumers bought 462,500 BD discs in November, which is a 165% increase over October. New December numbers released by the British Video Association (BVA) showed "The Dark Knight" sold a ridiculous 513,000 units on the first day alone, and 21% of those sales were Blu-Ray. As most business analysts will tell you, 2008 has certainly "been a breakthrough year for Blu-Ray." Said Jim Bottoms, Managing Director of Corporate Development at Futuresource:

"The Blu-ray disc format offers an unparalleled home entertainment experience, something all those involved with this technology have always known. Once people see the benefits of Blu-ray for themselves, they soon realise the difference it can make. Seeing is believing after all! We fully expect Blu-ray to keep on bucking the current economic trend and continue its rapid growth over the next few months and beyond, stimulated by falling prices and even more bundling deals with large screen TVs."

So it seems Blu-Ray is really catching on in Europe and based on this evidence, we'd like to think the format fares equally well in the U.S. We'll have to wait for the holiday numbers in January before we can say for certain how far Blu-Ray has come, but we think it's fairly obvious that BD is well on its way to becoming the format of choice for consumers.

12/21/2008 John Shepard

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (23 posts)

LCF
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 10:08:13 PM
Reply

Im so glad Sony pushed this format.With my home theater system,you can see a real differance between lossless video/audio of Blu-ray and upscaled DVDs( even the higher bit rate DVDs cant compare)The fidelity is unmatch and only $5-$8 more than a DVD the price is not bad.So glad I dont have to get a addon or a stand-alone player when the PS3 has it all built in(still #1 player also)Soon as the release of Blu-ray discs all my movie/film purchases went to the Blu-ray format.

Now I got over some 300 DVDs and only a select few will get upgraded to Blu-ray,But like I said all my purchases now are on Blu-ray.IGN did a top 25 list of movies they wanted on Blu-ray and safe to say I agree with the list over-all.AKIRA on Blu-ray? what fan would not want that? or Lord Of The Rings films on Blu-ray? I could go on and on heh.Just grateful this format is here and its built right into the PS3 and not a addon and that all games are on this medium and not restricted like the DVD format.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

MetalHead09
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 10:44:15 PM
Reply

sony made a very bold and intigent move with blu ray and its paying off. God sony ROCKS lol

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

isaya85
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 11:19:58 PM
Reply

Thats one thing I like about Sony they like to take risk which you dont see from the competition

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Fabi
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 11:30:24 PM
Reply

Nintendo took a huge risk with the Wii.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 2 down Disagree with this comment

Crono
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 1:12:27 PM

In a -completely- f*cking different way. Sony (as the top dogs of the BDA) invested millions & millions into making a new optical disc format, and then took a risk by putting it into every PS3, jacking it's prices up enough to turn off many consumers but putting so much value into the system for those that buy it.

Nintendo went with a mish-mash of inexpensive, outdated hardware, and designed a gimmicky control scheme which luckily for them, paid off in a big way. The consumers however, who simply bought into the craze; quickly lost the novelty of motion control and are now left with a redundant piece of outdated gear, with no added functionality. And something ranking up there with the worst gaming libraries of all-time.

Agree with this comment 3 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

isaya85
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 11:37:36 PM
Reply

I think thats why they didnt drop the price of the PS3 they needed blu ray to really take off before they decide to cut the price, blu ray players are much cheaper now $199 and they are flying off the shelves so expect to see the PS3 price drop soon they no longer need PS3 to push the format its already out the door

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

karneli lll
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 11:59:48 PM
Reply

the states is knee deep in bricked 360s,it will be some time before blu ray catches on here.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Deleted User
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 8:46:33 AM

Yep for movies. Not sure about games...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

karneli lll
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 @ 1:41:58 AM

You're kidding right?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Wage SLAVES
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 12:01:29 AM
Reply

Blu Ray is awesome. Dark Knight is friggin superb. Loved it. Those who dont have HD and a ps3 are missing out. Maybe not by choice which is TOTALLY understandable but after this Ill wait for everything to come to Blu Ray rather than going to the theater.

1080p is a MUST! There is a HUGE difference, by the way, from 720 and 1080p. Some xbot was trying to tell me once that your eyes cant really tell the difference of 1080p. Just get a quality photo and put it on 1080p on your ps3 then down grade to 720 via video options on ps3 and you can see the haziness of 720p.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

GamerKid123
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 2:46:01 AM

Pah... Xbots know nothing! He lies, he lies!

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Vivi_Gamer
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 3:33:46 AM
Reply

Meh, i only have 1 Blu-ray film, The Shining. it was great and every but i still think DVDs are good enough, now i have around 300, so im not going buy all of my films again for Blu-ray. its not a grand leap as video tapes to DVD.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

MadPowerBomber
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 4:05:51 AM
Reply

If Costco is any sort of good indicator of American sales in Blu-Ray, then yeah, America is adopting the format pretty quickly. A lot faster than I remember DVDs being adpoted. A LOT faster. I saw a family today, for instance, going through a line with two HDtvs, two blu-ray players, and a PS3.

Gotta love Costco.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

www
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 5:51:18 AM
Reply

Big ups.........to all my blu-rays!!!!!

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

FLYING_APE
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 7:25:00 AM
Reply

Can you tell the difference between blu ray and dvd on a 26 inch hd ready 720p tv. Ive heard that on 42 ich +tv

cheers

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

BeezleDrop
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 1:34:28 PM
Reply

We will see a spike in sales for bluray players if they drop the price. I used to work retail (sadly) and the only time people bugged me for a Bluray player was when the price dropped.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

HOODGE
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 1:42:53 PM
Reply

I've heard some people saying that blueray will come and go..Don't think so..It's here to stay and is the format for years to come. This is only gonna solidify the Playstation brand even more. Microsoft is gonna have to do a lot of butt kissing and fork over millions to Sony for the BD disc format to use in their next console. Don't think it's gonna happen..They'll have to go the digital distribution way. Don't see digital distribution happening until we have a 1 gig online service provider for internet.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 2:12:34 PM
Reply

So then Xbots are wrong about blu-ray being skipped for digital downloads? Big surprise :P

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

HOODGE
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 2:22:19 PM
Reply

I don't see digital distribution take over owning a hard copy of the game..Under our current high speed internet providers, could you imagine how long it's gonna take to download a game like Killzone 2, or Resistance 2. Days on end..Not gonna happen with the current technology out there at the moment. Cost would be astronomic, plus the bigger hard drive capacity would cost a good chunk of change as well. Having a hard copy of the game is the cat's meow. Nice to have something to hold, smell, and gawk at..lol's..

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Wage SLAVES
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 11:17:45 PM
Reply

And the word on the street is that isp's are trying to have some type of pay-per-download or a cap. Sooo, fat chance on the digital disribution if that comes to fruition.

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 12/22/2008 11:18:36 PM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Dingodial
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 @ 2:06:59 PM
Reply

I have solved the financial crisis in the USA! Answer: Everyone should invest in BD and Sony stocks.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

slayerkillemall
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @ 2:39:39 AM
Reply

i think what hoodge is trying to say is that microsoft is too arrogant as a business to adopt blu-ray as their game format. so they will try anything else,hell they might even resurrect HD-DVD just to piss sony ...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Dingodial
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @ 11:35:07 AM

If HD-DVD is resurrected then it will just die off again like last time.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

Will the PS4 continue to outsell the Xbox One?
Definitely. Microsoft has no hope.
Probably, but it will be a tight race.
I doubt it; Xbox One will come back.
No, PS4 will falter over the years.

Previous Poll Results