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Re(2):Is blue-ray and HD-DVD really the futur
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[QUOTE] I say pretty much the same thing about hi-def in general every day. I don't have perfect vision (though I don't need glasses), so HDTV is a total waste of money for me because I can barely tell the difference. [/QUOTE] Seriously? I mean...I didn't think of HD too much myself until I got an HD TV. Well, actually...let me rephrase that. For watching TV, it didn't look much better than a very good normal TV, but after I got my 360, I started to see a real difference. Now I can tell a big difference between HD and non HD as well as different HD modes (I kept fighting with myself on which mode to use on Blue Dragon, finally deciding that regardless of possible animation issues, 1080 was just too pretty to pass up). I use component cables for my PS2, but many games still look kinda muddy after playing 360, and the difference on DVD playback is noteworthy as well. But the thing is, comparing it to a very good non-HD TV, it makes little to no difference on TV programs and little difference on non-HD video games. I think it's a totally different story for things made with HD in mind, though. Of course, the same applies for Blue-Ray and HD-DVD...meaning, if you don't have the right setup, the difference is very minimal. If you have a super fancy HD TV, then I'm sure you can tell the difference...but that's a percentage of a percentage, and while HDTVs are quickly becoming the norm, super high end ones are not. People who think they're getting something fancy by watching Blue-Ray on a low-end HDTV are just fooling themselves. The only thing that would make me say that DVDs were made successful due to marketing is the fact that they were essentially the same as LDs, which were insanely unpopular (whereas DVDs became very popular very quickly). Still, DVDs had the advantage of being cheaper and smaller with more options and better picture quality. Beside that, the world had already accepted CDs over tapes, so it was quite natural to accept DVDs over VHS. However, the new formats only have the advantage of better picture quality (and holding more data, but that's more important from a software perspective), so they seem more likely to end up like LDs (Better picture, but more expensive and more for people who are really into it). On the other hand...now we're seeing next gen format DVDs that are dual-sided with a "normal" DVD version as well. If companies really push them, we may be getting next-gen formats as the norm for releases without alienating people who have not bought into the format yet. (although there's still the matter of price...)
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