Originally Posted by Don Borvio
Uh, so the RCA HDV5000 doesn't exist? How about the upcoming Onkyo? Unless you meant all are based off of Toshiba players
But as to the topic, I think Java in general sucks. It's slow and problematic. Sony has the Cell processor and BD-Java as the white elephants of its PS3. Sure, it can do a lot in theory, but try writing material for the thing. That's the problem they are faced with with games, and probably is the same reason for sluggish movie releases by some BR studios.
The RCA is just the HD-A1 with a different logo stuck on. Even the motherboards and external plastics look the same.
I have not seen an onkyo insides yet, but if it is one of the Toshiba's designs, then it will have no compatibility issues (because it's still a toshiba). If they designed it themselves, then who knows? New disks now have to work on both.
I doubt they designed it themselves.
As for PS3 games, I've seen newer games that actually are looking quite good, but that thing clearly needs more games. Better still --- PS3 needs motion sensing controllers and new concept games --- highdef 3D graphics alone doesn't cut it anymore, as X360 found out after being outsold by Wii after being in the market for more than twice as long that wii has been selling for.
The real gaming story is wii, as that seems to say that highdef gaming is not valued by most people, motion aware controllers with casual games are.
Ever played Guitar Hero? My kids spend all their gaming time on that thing on an old launch-day PS2, barely playing GoW and NinjaGaidenSigma. The pattern's the same. New game launched, bought it, tried it for a weekend, move back to Guitar Hero II, my guess is that they'll get Halo III, play that for a couple of weekends, and then go back to Guitar Hero II.
It's incredible to see how much time they spend redoing the GH II songs at more and more difficult levels to compete with friends.
That game has basically no need for a 3D engine, let alone highdef, yet I am seeing that 80% of their gaming time is taken up by this thing, even when their friends come over, they compete on those guitars. All on that launch day PS2. The fact that all this SD low-def thing is connected to a 1080P LCD just makes me shake my head.
Anyway, this is all getting off topic. Sorry.