Originally Posted by mboojigga
If you concede to that, then what is the point of UHD hardware? Doesn't matter how many get a console with a UHD player if they are not buying the movie disc for it. Why 3D went down among other reasons. I think most people will see a Xbox S or Neo/slim and get it for the games like majority have gotten them for. PS3 was a cheap BR player at a time in 2006. 10 years later streaming is available, faster speeds are available. 10 years later BR still hasn't surpass DVD. Digital has been taking over from music to Netflix. I haven't bought a CD in 15 years or a BR disc since 2010. PC games are all digital for me. I stopped buying Xbox One disc within the first year. We have 4 Xbox One systems but take advantage of buying games digitally and able to share to my kids Xbox. No scratch disc or lost. Same reasons for music and movies.
At this juncture, I think UHD hardware is going to be for the enthusiast, much like hi-res audio. Hopefully UHD discs will do better than the audio side of things. However, the Blu Ray Disc Association is not yet ready to give up, though I feel this is likely their last foray into the world of physical media.
70-80 millon PS3s have been sold since 2006 and yet Blu-Ray movie sales haven't surpassed DVD sales. So why would UHD disc do any better in a couple of years that BR hasn't done in 10?
That's because DVD had 150 million PS2, 20+million Xbox consoles plus the hundreds of millions of stand alone DVD players and zero competition. Blu Ray only had the 80 million PS3 consoles and who knows how many stand alone players, but nowhere near the number of DVD players out in the wild. It will come nowhere close to surpassing DVD because the numbers simply aren't there (unless the PS4 is able to achieve PS2 like numbers, which I doubt, but currently PS3 + PS4 + Xbox One puts 140 million Blu Ray players in peoples homes)
It is great that the option is there, just don't believe it is going to bring us back to 2006 scenarios.
its not going to bring us anywhere close to DVD numbers and 4k Blu ray won't reach HD Blu Ray's numbers. It will be a steady decline in optical disc format. And once streaming is able to compete with physical media for both audio and visual quality, even the enthusiasts are likely to drop the format. That won't be for some time though. Data speeds need to get quite a bit faster for that to happen.