Originally Posted by heavyharmonies
If it's 360 owner vs. PS3 owner, then I agree with you; I see no reason why the percentages of HDTV ownership or HD movie playback would be any different from one group to the other.
However, if we are comparing 360 *Add-On* purchasers vs. PS3 purchasers, that's a different comparison, and I would expect the HDTV-ownership and HD-playback intent of the former group to be virtually 100% (since the only reason to purchase the 360 Add-On is for HD-DVD playback),
Factually, everything you're saying is correct. My objection is with the use of the "Add-on attach rate vs. overall PS3 attach rate" argument itself, which is meaningless. If you think about it logically, this comparison is hugely unfair to the PS3 from a statistical standpoint. Obviously, the only reason to buy the add-on is to watch HD-DVDs, but this ignores the fact that 100 percent of add-on owners only account for a small percentage of TOTAL XBox 360 owners. It looks good number-wise to say that 100 percent of add-on owners will watch HD-DVDs on an HDTV, but does this translate to a higher percentage of XBox 360 owners watching HD discs on HDTVs than PS3 owners? Of course not. This is why nobody even tries to answer the question I posed above, despite my asking it time after time. The only fair comparison is the percentage of Xbox owners willing to BUY the add-on versus the percentage of PS3 owners who intend to WATCH Blu-ray movies. Don't penalize PS3 owners just because we don't HAVE to buy a separate drive to watch Blu-ray movies.
whereas the percentage of the PS3 purchasers will be lower, since it includes setups similar to the one linked in the OP, as well as PS3s purchased solely for gaming.
Are you implying that only PS3 owners have setups like the one in the Youtube video? Do all XBox 360 owners use their game consoles with high-end TVs? Unless there's some evidence that the percentage of PS3 owners with crappy systems outnumbers 360 owners with crappy systems, it's a wash. If anything, I would think that 360s are more likely to be used in budget systems because of the lower cost of entry. Also, unlike the PS3, which is ready for Blu-ray movies out-of-the-box, it's seems more likely that XBox 360 would be purchased solely for gaming. I personally know several people with high-end home theater systems who have bought the PS3 primarily as an inexpensive Blu-ray player (some of them on this forum). Do you know anyone who's not interested in gaming who's bought a 360 for the same reason?