Originally Posted by confidenceman
Regardless, for gaming media, MS will need some sort of large physical media. They could go with a different format, but why the hell not
toss in something like Blu-ray that can better help sell your device as the all-in-one home theater player? It might mean paying out some licensing money, but why not kill two birds with one (small) stone? Does MS really want to follow Apple's example of resisting Flash support just out of stubbornness?
This is my thinking as well. Neither the PS3 or XBOX are solely gaming systems any longer, as both companies want them to be all-in-one boxes (you come home, turn on the XBOX, and you don't have to turn it off). Heck, if it was affordable, I'm sure they'd throw in a 2TB hard drive and Tivo/cable card capabilities.
Even as streaming takes over, you'll still need a BD drive....at least next gen....to get the "it does everything" monicker like the PS3 now advertises.
As for streaming...LOVE IT! Wave of the future, baby. Just watched Resident Evil Afterlife on Vudu HDX last night. Crappy movie, but on my 50" plasma, looked close enough to BD for me (there was maybe about 30-60 seconds total throughout where I saw some artifacts or something else). However it was missing 10-15 minutes of trailers and commercials at the beginning and the 2 months of waiting for it to ship from Netflix only to arrive as a stripped down Rental Only version
I don't care what you guys think.....love having tons of titles at a push of a button (it's the dream, baby!) and the quality of the high-end streaming (Vudu and Zune) is now there for me, and the lower end stuff (Netflix) is just fine for about 80% of movies I like (documentaries, dramas, etc). I do wish Vudu was a bit cheaper though. I'm even somewhat of a videophile (not much of an audophile though), but even my 50" TV and lowly 5.1 lossless-capable system is better than what about 95% of people out there so I'm not surprised to see how popular it is becoming.
As it is, the only movies I must see on BD are heavy action or sci-fi movies or special-effects laden movies, but even so, I'm becoming more and more likely to watch those on Vudu rather than deal with the Very Long Wait status and waiting to have physical media shipped to me. It's becoming too inconvenient with the studio delays, long waits, shipping times, stripped down rental versions, forced trailers, and don't get me started on the commercials on BD discs (I've seen car commercials and anti-smoking ones, and the god-awful Digital Copy and "We know you're watching Blu-ray but here's a commercial for Blu-ray anyways" things drive me nuts).
My thinking is also that streaming has come from nothing (or like 360p) to Vudu HDX quality in about 2 or 3 years. It'll be even better 2 years from now as more competition arises and by the time the Nextbox/720 comes out. Heck, just in the last few months, Netflix has gone from 720p/stereo to 1080p/5.1 with captions (at least on some titles) on the PS3 and I a couple other players. Yeah, it's low-bitrate 1080p, but that's still a huge improvement over where it was 5 months ago. Who knows what it'll be like in another 12 months. It's only going to get better.
Point is, technology in that arena moves fast and is not stagnant....it might not be good enough for your particular tastes today, but that doesn't mean you should wish it to die since improvements keep being made and the potential is huge.