Originally Posted by Richard Paul
Well you certainly shouldn't be surprised by that when you make exaggerations like saying that no MPEG-2 disc has yet to equal a VC-1 disc. Statements like that just weaken your more legitimate arguments. To show that I know that Sony has made mistakes and that I am fair about this I will make a short list of them:
So a number of BD supporters say we're past the early Mpeg2 problems. Look at Tears of the Sun, it looks great. Ok, but then I look at the reviews of a critical launch title like Talladega Nights, and it doesn't. Maybe I'm being unfare, but it still seems like it's hit or miss with Mpeg2. My impression with reading VC-1 reviews is that if the source was good, or the movie was remastered, the disc looks great. With Mpeg2 it still seems hit or miss. I'll continue reading the reviews...who knows, maybe I'll change my mind, but I haven't seen anything persuasive yet.
- Using MPEG-2 for all their Blu-ray movies was not a good idea and many of their early movies suffered from over compression because of that. Overall there is little reason for them to stick with MPEG-2 and even when their movies aren't negatively affected by using it they will get bashed because they continue to use it.
- I get that Sony will never use VC-1, it's politically unacceptable. So how about they champion Mpeg4 and put the work into using a modern codec that has more potential? I can only find one explanation, and AnthonyP hit on it. When your only choice on a prticular title is the DVD in Mpeg2 or the BD in Mpeg2, guess which one is going to look better? I don't want to chear on a company behaving that way.
- They should have released a subsidized stand alone Blu-ray player. Once Sony knew that Toshiba was going to do that they should have done that as well since it would help disprove the myth that Blu-ray players cost twice as much to make as HD DVD players. A myth that continues to be believed even today.
The problem is that there is simply not enogh blue laser supply. If Sony chose to do this they would have had to fall back to a DVD drive on the PS3.....which has been a big part of all the PS3 delays. Toshiba out flanked them on this one and there was nothing Sony could do about it. Sony can't even make enough PS3s without a low cost stand alone player eating into their blue laser supply.
- They should not have overestimated the number of PS3 consoles they would be able to make this year. It gave their opponents an opportunity to attack them and made them look bad.
This I can understand. Forget what the opponents say now, they had to pump up the studios and convince them it was a safe bet to deliver titles on BD. If the studios knew how few PS3s would be available at launch, things might have turned out differently.
- They should have included an IR receiver on the PS3 and released a remote for it on day one. Honestly releasing a Bluetooth remote a month after the PS3 makes it look like Sony forgot one of the uses that they were hoping for from PS3 owners. That being the playback of Blu-ray movies.
Agreed. The remote should have been ready for purchase day one. There's no explicable reason why they could not have a different team put a remote together when this product has been in development for so long.
- Sony should have released a knock out movie or two this winter since a surprise announcement of Spiderman would have gotten a lot of publicity. Instead it was Fox who got closest to doing that with X-Men 3.
Yes, that brings me back to my concerns about Mpeg2 and Sony's go to market approach. Why do they feel this is good enough? In an odd way I've come to see the format war in a positive light. If we only had Blu-Ray what would the price of BD discs be (answer honetly b2b
)? And would we all be looking at The Fifth Element and saying "wow, this is great?" Competition is a good thing, and I think both formats will still be slugging it out all of next year.