January 31, 2008
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Clearly the xbox360 has turned into the hardcore gamers choice of the three consoles. With the 2007 release of games such as Rainbow 6 Vegas, Ghost Recon 2 Advance Warfighter, HalfLife 2 Orange Box, Bio Shock, Halo 3, COD 4 and Mass Effect These great games have clearly propelled the 360 forward. But how will 2008 fair for the 360, with no particular title showing the promise of last years predecessors. 2008 maybe Sony's perfect opportunity to finally establish itself as a major player with the PS3. Now that Bluray appears to be winning the DVD format war, and titles such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Killzone 2 are finally being released this year. If I were Sony, I would make 2008 a new relaunching of the PS3. By not only releasing quality games, but improving their online service and multiplayer games. Xbox live has contributed to the success of the 360 just as much as the hardware and game software. Deep inside I am rooting for Sony to succeed knowing that competition creates and environment for better games, where we all win. Can this be the year that Sony's PS3 makes a turn around, time will tell.
January 09, 2008
None of the Profile 1.0 players can be upgraded to Profile 1.1, which was finalized recently, with the exception of the PlayStation 3 -- whose update arrived in mid-December. Likewise, Profile 2.0 is expected to arrive in October bringing Internet connectivity that Profile 1.1 players lack."
When BetaNews asked developers of BD Live whether they were concerned about a backlash from early adopters who supported the format from the beginning, we were told: "They knew what they were getting into."
And finally . . .
"When BetaNews asked why these manufacturers rushed out players that were not fully capable and potentially buggy due to their BD-J implementation, the Blu-ray partner pointed blame across the room to HD DVD. "We should have waited another year to introduce Blu-ray to the public, but the format war changed the situation," he said. HD DVD was already coming and the BDA had no choice but to launch Blu-ray."
"They knew what they were getting into"? Well that is a really nice thing to say to the people who took the plunge and backed your format well before any clear cut winner was appearing on the horizon. I am pretty sure those early adopters did not know their current players would not be 1.1 or 2.0 compatible. They did not even know there was going to be a 1.1 or 2.0.
It looks like the Bluray group really dropped the ball with the implementation of their early players and really did not plan ahead or seem to care about the consumer in this regard. The HD-DVD camp were clearly more prepared and because they were, forced Bluray's hand.
Again, this goes back to my earlier point that both companies did a poor job of educating the consumer of what was coming and that they were released too soon. Bluray, specifically, was not ready. Shame.
We'll see what the future holds.
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