Will Blu-Ray Expose DVD As An Aging Format In 2009?
Now that HD-DVD has gone the way of the dodo and Blu-Ray continues to move upwards and claim more of the market - consumers kinda like that whole high-definition movie thing - it's a given that DVD will begin to show its age at some point.
This being the case, how much longer will it be before game developers start to pine for the advantages of Blu-Ray when they go to create the visions within their heads? There have been many rumors about Microsoft implementing a Blu-Ray drive into the Xbox 360, which would not only be somewhat humiliating from an obvious "crap, they picked the right horse and we didn't" standpoint, but it would also heat things up in the console war. If they don't opt to do this, though, will it be easier for the PlayStation 3 to surge ahead in terms of software? There's no denying the advantages of Blu-Ray over DVD when it comes to making games, and as Blu-Ray continues to roll forward, the aging DVD format could take a serious hit. In fact, we're thinking you could start seeing developers choose the PS3 as a lead platform far more often in the future; not so much for the added power, but for the Blu-Ray feature. In that same vein, could it be possible for studios to produce exclusive PS3 games due entirely to Blu-Ray? Some are saying 2009 will be the year of the PS3, but perhaps it's just as accurate to call it the year of Blu-Ray.
We're certainly not saying that DVD will die out in 2009 - no, that format will hang on for quite a long time - but there's no denying the fact that Blu-Ray will push forward and claim more of the video-viewing market. Movie makers and game developers alike are bound to take notice; most devs have already noticed. So in that case, logically speaking...what might happen next?
12/30/2008 Ben Dutka