Published on 28th February 2012 by
Originally Posted by JqimI want BR quality videos but without the clutter of an optical drive.
Originally Posted by maverik-sg1I have a PS3, it's brilliant for playback of blu-ray films - but only 10% of the films I have are on blu-ray and with DVD upscaling and only a 1080i TV I don't really benefit from the what shoul be extra definition etc....
Back to the PC, games are sold on DVD's and Blu-Ray is not standard in PC builds, when Wrath of The Lich King was released it came on 5CD's (how long had DVD's been sold as standard on PC's by then).
The challenge is that apart from capacity, what does it bring to the PC user, write speeds don't look to be an improvement over DVD speeds (granted you are writing to a higher capacity disk, thats not the point, the perception is that it's slow.
By the time this product has the opportunity to be 'standard' on PC builds, the 'next big thing' will be out, delvelopers simply won't release blu-ray based games if the userbase of the drive is not greater than 80% of it's target market - this should of been a stepping stone to something, instead it's cornered itself into being the standard for films and probably PS4.
Shame really and as for HD-DVD, in terms of benefits and progression, am I mistaken in thinking that this offered more than just 'good for movies'?
Originally Posted by r3loaded
Again, the pirates are ahead of the industry on this one. You're able to download either the full Blu-ray disc image with AACS removed or a slimmed down copy which has just the main movie and one or two audio tracks (with no further compression applied). The resulting file can be easily played in VLC or MPC-HC with no issues.
And there you go - Blu-ray quality video with neither the clutter of an optical drive nor the bloated playback software that you need to pay to unlock features. If only Hollywood were smart enough to make it as simple as this...
Originally Posted by hurrakanA blu-ray drive is absolutely necessary if you want to rip your blu-ray discs into a digital format and store them on your local HDD for easy + simple streaming.
Originally Posted by phuzzMy only exposure to blu-ray was when my (then) flatmate bought a new 40" Sony tv, and a BR player came free. So, we set it all up and stucka BR film in and were impressed. Then we stuck a DVD in, which the player upscaled and found not much difference between that and the BR.
I think on my 22" monitor I'll be just fine with DVDs.
(if you can tell the difference though, feel free to spend loads of money on a home theatre setup, I just don't need to)
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