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  • iPhone will soon be able to interface with PS3

    In an interview with Gizmodo, Denny Breitenfeld, CTO of NetBlender, explained that Apple’s iPhone will soon be able to interface with PS3 thanks to a nearly-released SDK from the firm. As well as allowing iPhone to act as a PS3 remote, the new SDK that “will allow studios, independent movie companies to enable BD Touch […]

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  • Online distribution is "right horse" to back, says Xbox Europe boss

    Speaking in the Guardian, Xbox Europe head Neil Thompson has pushed online distribution yet again as the future of digital content, saying the disc formats will be a nonsense within 18 months time. “The horse that we’re fundamentally backing is the one that says the future of entertainment content is online digital distribution,” he said. […]

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  • Microsoft denies more Blu-ray add-on rumours

    Microsoft has shot down an Engadget rumour that the company is developing a Lite-On Blu-ray drive for 360. “No. Lite-On is not manufacturing Blu-ray drives for Xbox 360,” a spokesperson told Techradar. “As we have stated, games… are driving consumers to purchase game consoles and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster […]

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  • Truth revealed behind Blu-ray installs

    This is worth a read. It’s an article explaining the reason behind the need for certain PS3 games to install to the hard drive instead of being read directly from the disc. It’s all down to the way a Blur-ray head reads the disc itself, apparently, which is different to the way a DVD drive […]

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  • PS3 Portable Copy "later this year"

    According to this, the Portable Copy feature rumoured for the last PS3 firmware update will arrive “later this year”, the quote coming from an SCEA rep. Portable Copy is the ability to transfer a copy of a movie from a Blu-ray disc to your PSP. Quite how it works hasn’t been detailed as yet. PCWorld […]

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  • Blu-ray sales start to spike following HD-DVD bow-out

    According to this, more than 3 million of a total of 9 million Blu-ray movies sold since the inception of the format moved through retail in the first 11 weeks of this year. The news comes following the very public demise of HD-DVD in February. If trends continue, says that piece, at least 15 million […]

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  • "Portable Copy" firmware 2.20 addition's bollocks, says SCEA

    Here. The PS3 firmware 2.20, to release before the end of March, won’t include the ability to put Blu-ray movies in the machine and send an SD version to a PSP, despite what PC World thinks. Consider that cleared up (thanks Syrok).

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  • Confusion reigns on PS3 firmware 2.20 release date

    Teh internets are getting their knickers in a twist on the release date for PS3′s 2.20 firmware update because of this report that says the code will hit alongside the first BD-Live movies in the US on April 8. The release of the films “coincides with the launch of a new software update for Sony’s […]

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  • "Portable Copy" PS3 firmware functionality appears from nowhere

    PCWorld – that most reliable source of PlayStation 3 firmware-related news – is claiming that version 2.20 of the console’s software “exposes ‘Portable Copy,’ which enables PS3 users to copy a standard-definition version of the Blu-ray movie to a PlayStation Portable (PSP).” There’s no mention of the feature in SCEE’s press release about the firmware […]

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  • Microsoft dismisses discs as "historic phenomenon", says downloads are the (near) future

    Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis reckons “shiny discs” are going to be cast aside in the media race far faster than people suspect, and that Microsoft and Xbox 360 are in the perfect place to take advantage of the trend. “Going forwards, digital downloads is really where it’s at,” Lewis said. “More and more people’s […]

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  • Microsoft: Blu-ray won't be a part of the "Xbox experience"

    Jesus. Make your mind up. Microsoft said today that it wasn’t, in fact, in talks with Sony regarding incorporating Blu-ray drives into Xbox 360. “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” said Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, saying instead that […]

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  • Toshiba to take $1 billion hit on HD-DVD

    The Nikkei’s reporting the Toshiba is likely to write down just under $1 billion in its failed war on Blu-ray. The company has refused to comment on the report, which has hit the firm’s share price to the tune of 2.3 percent. Toshiba is still expected to post a 250 billion yen operating profit for […]

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  • Xbox 360 price drop is reaction to Blu-ray victory, says analyst

    The simExchange Jesse Divnich is convinced that the impended European Xbox 360 price cut is a specific reaction to the recent death of HD-DVD and emerging dominance of Blu-ray. “I’ve always considered the console wars to be like a game of chess and Sony’s recent Blu-ray victory is equivalent to putting Microsoft in ‘check’,” he […]

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  • Ballmer: Microsoft supports Blu-ray

    Leaping monkey-man and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the corp is now behind Blu-ray, following an FT interview last night with a Sony exec that said the same. “We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on,” […]

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Blu-ray Latest

  • iPhone will soon be able to interface with PS3

    In an interview with Gizmodo, Denny Breitenfeld, CTO of NetBlender, explained that Apple’s iPhone will soon be able to interface with PS3 thanks to a nearly-released SDK from the firm. As well as allowing iPhone to act as a PS3 remote, the new SDK that “will allow studios, independent movie companies to enable BD Touch […]

  • Online distribution is “right horse” to back, says Xbox Europe boss

    Speaking in the Guardian, Xbox Europe head Neil Thompson has pushed online distribution yet again as the future of digital content, saying the disc formats will be a nonsense within 18 months time. “The horse that we’re fundamentally backing is the one that says the future of entertainment content is online digital distribution,” he said. […]

  • Microsoft denies more Blu-ray add-on rumours

    Microsoft has shot down an Engadget rumour that the company is developing a Lite-On Blu-ray drive for 360. “No. Lite-On is not manufacturing Blu-ray drives for Xbox 360,” a spokesperson told Techradar. “As we have stated, games… are driving consumers to purchase game consoles and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster […]

  • Truth revealed behind Blu-ray installs

    This is worth a read. It’s an article explaining the reason behind the need for certain PS3 games to install to the hard drive instead of being read directly from the disc. It’s all down to the way a Blur-ray head reads the disc itself, apparently, which is different to the way a DVD drive […]

  • PS3 Portable Copy “later this year”

    According to this, the Portable Copy feature rumoured for the last PS3 firmware update will arrive “later this year”, the quote coming from an SCEA rep. Portable Copy is the ability to transfer a copy of a movie from a Blu-ray disc to your PSP. Quite how it works hasn’t been detailed as yet. PCWorld […]

  • Blu-ray sales start to spike following HD-DVD bow-out

    According to this, more than 3 million of a total of 9 million Blu-ray movies sold since the inception of the format moved through retail in the first 11 weeks of this year. The news comes following the very public demise of HD-DVD in February. If trends continue, says that piece, at least 15 million […]

  • “Portable Copy” firmware 2.20 addition’s bollocks, says SCEA

    Here. The PS3 firmware 2.20, to release before the end of March, won’t include the ability to put Blu-ray movies in the machine and send an SD version to a PSP, despite what PC World thinks. Consider that cleared up (thanks Syrok).

  • Confusion reigns on PS3 firmware 2.20 release date

    Teh internets are getting their knickers in a twist on the release date for PS3′s 2.20 firmware update because of this report that says the code will hit alongside the first BD-Live movies in the US on April 8. The release of the films “coincides with the launch of a new software update for Sony’s […]

  • “Portable Copy” PS3 firmware functionality appears from nowhere

    PCWorld – that most reliable source of PlayStation 3 firmware-related news – is claiming that version 2.20 of the console’s software “exposes ‘Portable Copy,’ which enables PS3 users to copy a standard-definition version of the Blu-ray movie to a PlayStation Portable (PSP).” There’s no mention of the feature in SCEE’s press release about the firmware […]

  • Microsoft dismisses discs as “historic phenomenon”, says downloads are the (near) future

    Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis reckons “shiny discs” are going to be cast aside in the media race far faster than people suspect, and that Microsoft and Xbox 360 are in the perfect place to take advantage of the trend. “Going forwards, digital downloads is really where it’s at,” Lewis said. “More and more people’s […]

  • Microsoft: Blu-ray won’t be a part of the “Xbox experience”

    Jesus. Make your mind up. Microsoft said today that it wasn’t, in fact, in talks with Sony regarding incorporating Blu-ray drives into Xbox 360. “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” said Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, saying instead that […]

  • Toshiba to take $1 billion hit on HD-DVD

    The Nikkei’s reporting the Toshiba is likely to write down just under $1 billion in its failed war on Blu-ray. The company has refused to comment on the report, which has hit the firm’s share price to the tune of 2.3 percent. Toshiba is still expected to post a 250 billion yen operating profit for […]

  • Xbox 360 price drop is reaction to Blu-ray victory, says analyst

    The simExchange Jesse Divnich is convinced that the impended European Xbox 360 price cut is a specific reaction to the recent death of HD-DVD and emerging dominance of Blu-ray. “I’ve always considered the console wars to be like a game of chess and Sony’s recent Blu-ray victory is equivalent to putting Microsoft in ‘check’,” he […]

  • Ballmer: Microsoft supports Blu-ray

    Leaping monkey-man and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the corp is now behind Blu-ray, following an FT interview last night with a Sony exec that said the same. “We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on,” […]

  • Sony in discussions with Microsoft over Blu-ray

    The fanboyz will love this. According to the Financial Times, Sony is in discussion with Microsoft about Blu-ray, talks that could potentially see Xbox 360 fitted with a Blu-ray drive. The original article says, “A Blu-ray drive could be incorporated in its top-of-the-range Elite Xbox, or Microsoft could again offer a drive as a plug-in […]

  • 50Gb Blu-ray wasn’t enough, says Kojima

    According to this (it’s a bit sketchy, but plenty of sites are reporting it), MGS creator Hideo Kojima has claimed that Blu-ray indeed didn’t offer enough space for MGS4. His comments came after news last week that each version of MGS4 will contain only one VO due to space restrictions. All we can say is […]

  • HD-DVD demise will cause PS3 sales boost, say analysts

    According to this, this morning’s HD-DVD cancellation is likely to push PS3 sales up 10 percent in the short-term and lay the way clear for a heavy increase in sales this holiday, as predicted by videogaming247. “Longer term, I think it’s a huge boon for Sony, as most retail clerks will be instructed to push […]

  • US PS3 sales accelerate on news of HD-DVD demise

    According to this, sales of the 40Gb PS3 SKU have risen 60 percent in Amazon.com since news emerged over the weekend that Toshiba is about to pull out of the next gen disc race. The rise left the machine “ranked in the No. 10 position in the videogames division,” said the report. In other HD-DVD […]

  • Heavy price-cutting on US Blu-ray movies as news of HD-DVD back-out spreads

    While Toshiba is yet to make a formal announcement on the state of its beleaguered HD-DVD format – following weekend reports that the company is to cancel the disc brand completely – US retailers are already slashing Blu-ray disc prices and some have dropped HD-DVD from their President’s Day advertising. According to this, Circuit City […]

  • Toshiba HD-DVD decision expected on Tuesday

    According to this, a final decision on the fate of HD-DVD may come from Toshiba as soon as Tuesday. “A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity as she is not authorized to speak on the matter, said a board meeting could be held as soon as Tuesday, where a decision is likely,” said the […]

  • That was the news – Week 7, 2008: Death of HD-DVD leaves way open for explosive PS3 sales in late 2008

    Hindsight’s a beautiful thing. We all said CES was terrible for gaming this year, and we were right in part. Microsoft decided to stay away, not even showing Xbox 360 on its stand, and PS3 was virtually non-existent. One of the big stories of the show, however is likely to have a huge impact on […]

  • Toshiba expected to formally announce HD-DVD drop imminently

    According to this, Toshiba is expected to formally announce the demise of the HD-DVD format “within the next few days – not weeks.” Japanese publication NHK confirmed the decision on Saturday, with Reuters subsequently backing up the story. “The company source told Reuters that Toshiba was in the final stages of planning to exit the […]

  • Blu-ray rumours kick off: Xbox 360 player within three months, Blu-ray successor in development

    Following Toshiba’s decision to back out of the next gen disc race last week, a rumour has now ermerged that says Microsoft may launch a standalone Blu-ray player for Xbox 360 within three months. “Insiders at Microsoft in the USA have told SmartHouse that Microsoft has already configured a standalone Blu-ray player that can be […]

  • That’s all, folks: Toshiba drops HD-DVD

    Following Wal-Mart’s decision to cease stocking HD-DVD films and players in favour of Blu-ray, Toshiba is to pull out of the next-gen disc race, according to this. Blu-ray has already flooded the Japanese market, assuming 90 percent of sales. With Wal-Mart offside for US sales, the game was finally lost. The news ends what has […]

  • Blu-ray Association gloats over Wal-Mart HD-DVD decision

    There’s nothing noble about this. Following yesterday’s decision by Wal-Mart to drop HD-DVD completely as of June this year, the Blu-ray Association has issued a cringeworthy response. “Retailers have a tremendous impact on consumer preferences, and as the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart’s reach and leadership are unparalleled,” said the body’s chairman, Andy Parson. “Their decision […]

  • Wal-Mart drops HD-DVD

    Surely this means the end? Wal-Mart is to completely drop HD-DVD players and movies by June. You can’t get much more final than that. The company officially announced its intentions today, saying, “By June Wal-Mart will only be carrying Blu-ray movies and hardware machines, and of course standard-def movies, DVD players, and up-convert players.” If […]

  • Sony offering discounts to German HD-DVD turncoats

    Sony is offering 150 euro off the price of a Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player to any German customer that hands over their used HD-DVD player. This points out that HD-DVD adoption if far higher in the States, so a replication of the offer in the US isn’t likely, and there’s no word of anything similar […]

  • Toshiba “disappointed” by Woolworths HD-DVD decision

    Well, it was hardly going to be particulalrly pleased about it, was it? UK retailer Woolworths dumped HD-DVD today, meaning Blu-ray will be the only next generation disc movie format stocked in its 800-plus high street stores. In a statement issued to GI this afternoon, HD-DVD player manufacturer Toshiba was less than thrilled, but managed […]

  • UK retailer Woolworths drops HD-DVD

    Another nail for HD-DVD’s already groaning coffin arrives in news that major UK high street retailer Woolworths has dropped the format following slow Christmas sales. Blu-ray will be the only HD disc format now stocked in the store. “Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD,” said […]

  • HD-DVD price cutting will only “prolong agony”

    There’s no hope for HD-DVD, says this. Recent price cuts on HD-DVD players from Toshiba are “useless resistance” against Blu-ray HD movie format domination, reckons market research firm Gartner. “Gartner believes that Toshiba’s price-cutting may prolong HD DVD’s life a little, but the limited line-up of film titles will inflict fatal damage on the format. […]