Category Archives: Blu-ray
Sat, Feb 28, 2009 | 22:38 GMT
Mon, Feb 23, 2009 | 20:57 GMT
More than 100 million Blu-ray discs will be sold across the US, Western Europe and Japan this year, research group Futuresource Consulting said today.
The group’s predicted HD TVs and reductions in Blu-ray player prices will spike interest in the format despite the global recession.
“In the USA, Blu-ray has moved from early adopter phase through to early majority, with the format gaining real traction in the marketplace,” said Mai Hoang, senior market analyst at Futuresource.
“Last year in the US alone, Blu-ray video retail sales increased by a whopping 320 per cent to 24 million units; and we’re going to see momentum continuing in 2009, with over 80 million disc sales forecast.”
More on GI.
Sat, Feb 14, 2009 | 17:30 GMT
“The PlayStation brand experienced a record year in sales in 2008 and we have every reason to believe our blockbuster line up combined with PS3′s position as the best Blu-ray player and most sophisticated entertainment device out there, will continue to fuel increased marketshare and momentum into 2009″, he said.
“We’ve truly upped the ante this year with an unmatched software lineup ahead, kickstarting with the much anticipated and platform-moving title Killzone 2 later this month.
“We’re the only company to offer three viable platforms today and will continue to deliver a seamless and comprehensive entertainment experience to our customers for many years to come.”
Full thing through the link.
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 | 10:28 GMT
Let the good times roll. The Washington Times has accused Sony of being “determined to do everything in its power to hinder the market penetration of [PS3] in particular and Blu-ray in general.”
In an editorial titled, “Sabotaging the Sony Playstation 3 market?” the paper says Sony has done nothing to move against disaster in the macro-economy by keeping the machine’s price high, and that its Blu-ray marketing is a “losing strategy”.
The piece goes as far to say that unless Sony’s attitude to Blu-ray changes we could be looking at the demise of the format in its entirety.
“Sony and the rest of the Blu-ray manufacturers need to implement a radical shift in their marketing strategy: Hammer home the fact that not only will their new Blu-ray player play high-definition movies, it also will vastly improve the picture quality of their previously purchased libraries,” says author Sonny Bunch.
“Without such a shift, the format might perish. Market penetration remains low, and every month people don’t buy a Blu-ray player is a month they get closer to downloadable HD movies and the death of the format as a whole.”
Hit the link. Be warned, though: it’s grim reading. If that isn’t enough anti-PS3 sentiment for you, check out CNN calling the machine “a sinking ship.” It’s just as cheery.
Tue, Oct 14, 2008 | 21:50 BST
Speaking at an Apple product event tonight, Steve Jobs has slammed Blu-ray for being too expensive and too complex.
“Blu-ray is just a bag of hurt,” he said.
“It’s great to watch the movies, but the licensing of the tech is so complex, we’re waiting till things settle down and Blu-ray takes off in the marketplace.”
The comments aren’t likely to go down well with, well, people that like Blu-ray.
More on Engadget.
Fri, Oct 10, 2008 | 12:39 BST
An exasperated Aaron Greenberg has flatly denied there are any plans to add Blu-ray to the Xbox platform. Seriously: it’s not happening.
“We have no plans to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” the Microsoft production boss told Major Nelson in Tokyo in response to recent rumours that a contract had ben awarded to create an external Xbox 360 Blu-ray player.
“We believe that we shouldn’t force people to pay for things they don’t want. We also believe that the future’s digital, and that’s why we’ve invested in a massive library of entertainment content, that’s why we’re bringing things like Netflix to members in the US, that’s why we’re growing our library in Europe, that’s why we’re adding all type of entertainment experiences around the world.”
The exec went on to ridicule the format, saying that years from now there’ll be an expression, “It got Blu-rayed,” and that, “It’s pretty clear it’s not the next DVD”.
“And Blu-ray: who knows? I’ll tell you one thing: if you look at retail sales and availability, there’s not a lot there, and what is there is at a premium,” he said.
“No one knows what Blu-ray will be. It’s pretty clear it’s not the next DVD, right? The days of one physical format being the standard are gone.
“I went to Sony’s booth, and it used to be that their whole booth was Blu-ray. It just keeps shrinking down. Now it’s just this little corner and there’s no one there and it’s like, there’s a heart sign and it’s got ‘Blu-ray’ and some movies. It’s interesting.”
There’s an audio interview through the link, recording last night after TGS.
Wed, Oct 08, 2008 | 16:48 BST
According to this X-bit Labs report, Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp, a joint venture between Samsung and Toshiba, has been contracted to manufacture external Blu-ray drives for Xbox 360.
While the exact specifications of the product are unknown, it is rumoured that Microsoft aims at $100 – $150 price-point for the device.
TGS megaton? More through the link.
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 | 11:55 BST
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 | 07:37 BST
Crossed wires, we’re thinking. This Reuters article claims that LittleBigPlanet will be available as a digital download on release, as well as hitting stores as a Blu-ray disc.
Not so fast, Dama Loca. Sony’s already confirmed the game will appear exclusively on Blu-ray, as you can see in this Joystiq story. Expect SCEE to do so again today.
Thu, Sep 04, 2008 | 06:41 BST
Speaking in this interview with Pocket-Lint, a Samsung UK exec has called time on Blu-ray, and it sounds as though it’s not going to make it through PS3′s lifecycle.
“I think [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10,” said Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at the firm.
Oh dear. That said, Griffiths still believes the format’s going to do the business while it’s around.
“It’s going to be huge”, he said. “We are heavily back-ordered at the moment.”
More through the link.
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 | 19:58 BST
Speaking to Gamasutra, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences president Joseph Olin has claimed that PS3′s Blu-ray drive may not be the winning asset Sony had hoped.
“I look at Blu-ray being the obvious short-term differentiator, but if everything goes to digital download – and over time, it will – then the Blu-ray device no longer has the same competitive advantage, or the benefit is not as strong as the feature is,” he said.
And when’s digital distribution going to wipe physical media from the face of planet game, Big Joe?
“Perhaps maybe five years? Maybe seven years? I think the challenge with digital distribution is more because of piped-to-the-home bandwidth than the technology within the systems,” he added.
More through the link.
Tue, Aug 12, 2008 | 21:11 BST
“At this time, there is not Blu-ray Disc version planned for the North American market,” said a rep.
“Please note, however, that you are able to delete and then re-download episodes since the purchase is linked to your PSN account. The developers kept this functionality in mind knowing that the episodes were fairly beefy.”
More through the link.
Sun, Aug 03, 2008 | 19:19 BST
The Square Enix DKΣ3713 party in Tokyo has confirmed overnight that Final Fantasy XIII will release next year in Japan, not in 2008 as many had hoped.
In addition, a playable demo for the game will be released on with the Blu-ray movie Advent Children: Complete.
Don’t forget that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of FF XIII will release simultaneously in the west, with localisation starting after the Japanese version’s finished. So you’re going to be waiting a good while yet.
Tue, Jul 08, 2008 | 06:48 BST
Pioneer’s succeeded in developing a 16-layer Blu-ray disc capable of holding 400Gb, the firm’s announced.
“Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc,” said the company. “This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. This development has bolstered Pioneer’s confidence in the feasibility of a large-capacity optical disc, which is expected to become necessary in the near future.”
Press release after the link.
Sat, Jul 05, 2008 | 08:24 BST
According to this TG Daily piece, Blu-ray’s fortunes are being propped up heavily by PS3, as if that were in any doubt. From the piece:
The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) released its 2008 annual report with a wealth of data revealing the most trends in TV, home video and video gaming segments. The flood of data reveals that video game publishers are closing in on the revenue of stagnating home video sales, Blu-ray looked like the losing HD format in 2006, but was able to reverse the trend thanks to the PS3 in 2007, Microsoft has sold 316,000 now useless HD DVD add-ons for its Xbox 360 console and the average person now spends $310 on movie and game entertainment per year.
A lot more through there, if you can be bothered.
Mon, Jun 09, 2008 | 13:59 BST
Someone over at NeoGaf has posted the in-between-chapter install times for MGS4, the total install being 4.6Gb.
This comes at the same time as an in-game conversation between Snake and Otacon is revealed where Otacon is telling Snake he doesn’t have to change disks because of the capacity of Blu-ray.
As the Metal Gear Solid 4 street date was broken by Wal-Mart last week, spoilers and in-game have inevitably made their way onto the internet.
Spoilers through the link. Watch the video here.
By Mike Bowden
Mon, Jun 09, 2008 | 13:38 BST
That was quick. Despite a Crunchgear report yesterday rumouring a Blu-ray-powered Xbox 360 announcement today, Microsoft entertainment devices boss Robbie Bach has already boxed it.
“That is so far out that there isn’t anything to talk about,” he said in an SFGate interview.
Bach added: “You have to look at how fundamentally compelling the difference is between a progressive scan DVD player and the picture that it can produce and what you get on a high-definition player. The reality is there is some difference, but most people look at it and say, ‘I am not going to pay extra for that.’”
Look, internet: it isn’t true. These, of course, are famous last words and it’ll probably be announced this afternoon. Saying things aren’t true is a little like smoking while you wait for buses, especially when Microsoft’s concerned.
Mon, Jun 09, 2008 | 12:22 BST
Crunchgear is reporting that tomorrow at 9am PST (4pm BST) Microsoft announce a Blu-ray-touting 360 for pre-Christmas release.
The site also claims that the new SKU’s price will be less than the Elite.
We reckon the pinch of salt meter’s off the scale on this – but we thought we’d tell you anyway.
More Chinese Whispers through the link.
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 | 10:32 BST
According to engadgetHD, AV Watch recently interviewed some PS3 firmware engineers who confirmed that DTS-HD MA support is to be included in a future update.
Sony has recently added the BD-Live feature, so the inclusion of DTS-HD MA support will bring PS3′s Blu-ray player up to spec with the top of the line competition.
A release date for this inclusion has not been disclosed. However, for those firmware fans out there, not long now until the PS Store update arrives.
By Mike Bowden
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 | 15:40 BST
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 features. These features send data in two directions from the Disc to the iPhone and vice versa. Video, audio, text, and player commands can be sent,” he said. “So right now it seems everyone likes the ‘remote control’ idea. However the player can control the iPhone as well.”
It’s all very theoretical at the moment with possible uses being bandied around like the ability to record and track your movie collection and playback habits. It could also support portable copies of Blu-ray films to be played back on your iPhone or Touch, similar to the portable copy idea for the PSP.
“One idea is to automatically pull up [IMDB] of the movie you are watching right on your iPhone or send the movie information a movie database on your phone. The ideas are only limited to what people want and will use,” added Breitenfeld.
By Mike Bowden