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29 June 2006
Consumer Reports on Blu-ray, HD-DVD, and PS3
This month's issue of Consumer Reports just arrived and I was intrigued to see "High-def DVD" mentioned on the cover. Wondering if they'd mention the PlayStation 3 as an option for a Blu-ray player, I flipped the magazine open to find myself on exactly the right page -- one of those annoying stiff cardboard inserts urging me to subscribe marked the spot.

The article gives "seven sobering realities" about being an early adopter of one or the other format. The second reality is "It's not cheap", which explains that players cost in the $500 to $1000 range and that movies will cost about $25.

The last paragraph of this section mentions the PlayStation 3:
You can get a more versatile high-def DVD player if you can wait until November. That's when Sony is supposed to roll out its PlayStation 3 video-game console, which will include a Blu-ray drive. But it will cost $500.
It occurs to me that this may very well be how Sony will pull a rabbit out of its hat. Compared to a $500 HD-DVD player, the $500 PlayStation 3 looks like a bargain, since it is a next-generation movie player that just happens to be on the low end of the price range ...oh, and it's a game console that happens to play three generations of software!

Between now and Christmas, I suspect that just about every medium-to-large newspaper will publish an article about HD-DVD and Blu-ray, trying to give some background for possible consumers. If this particular line -- that the PlayStation 3 is your cheap ticket to the next-generation movie player -- makes it out of Consumer Reports and into those articles, then Sony may get a favorable push in both the movie and game markets.

For those of us interested in games, this "cheap Blu-ray player" line isn't going to make the $500 or $600 entry fee any easier to swallow. But maybe Sony doesn't care about us -- maybe the PlayStation 3 Blu-ray player is Sony's cheap Trojan Horse.

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--Matt Matthews at 21:39
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Comments on this post:

Ah, but that assumes that the market can support a $500 Blu-Ray player. From what I've seen, that won't fly with anyone except early adopters unless they outright manufacture demand for it.

By Blogger JohnH, at 29 June, 2006 22:13  

And nobody cares enough about Hi def DVD except AV nerds.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 30 June, 2006 14:59  

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