|Originally Posted by flyingvee|
Marc - didn't follow? if Sony does it right, this will kill Blu-Ray? If it works on my crt, I'll be buying it. If the authentication remains as draconian as early rumors - that will kill it - is that what you're hoping?
I look at how Sony has been doing business in the past. The PS2 had a junk laser in it. The failure rate was astronomical, to say the least. Just google for PS2 laser repair. This is typical for Sony's optical pickups. Sony will sell you DVD and CD burners plus media only to turn around and make this same content un-playable on their own stand-alone players. The PS2 fiasco was so bad that Sony was forced to honor an extended warranty. This is NOT their policy. Usually they'll deny that a problem exists, even if they have an in-house service bulletin on said problem. I have been hung up on when quoting bulletin numbers.
The PSP was released with many desirable features. Then Sony sat back to see what people did with it. Finally, through "firmware upgrades" those features were disbled so you could go to Sony and PAY them for the same "Feature" as an add-on.
So what makes anyone think that the PS3 and BlueRay will suddenly be any different? I suspect the same old BS. Short laser lifespans, hidden "firmware" upgrades, and horrible warranty battles to get that expensive laser replaced.
I wouldn't even waste my money on the hard drive either. See the PS2 for why.
ONE game. It took some creative hackers to make use of the HD to actually store games you own on the drive. I did this just to prolong that POS laser in my PS2.
Yes, I legally own all 4 titles for it.
I actually got one just for Gran Tourismo 4.
Sony's answer to the HD hack was to release a PS2 "Slim" version that could not accept a HD. Gee..... many, many people had optical drive failure within hours to days. Several hardware modifications were/are sold on the web NOT by Sony to fix the design flaw and save the Laser.
Yes, you can take it to Sony, but they won't fix the flaw. Only replace the bad chip again.
So yeah, I'll blow $500 or more on a PS3 Blu-Ray box that will very likely die 3 days past warranty. No thanks, I'll wait it out at least a year, probably 2. Someone else can pay big $$ to be Sony's R&D department.
But it's ok... Sony continues to thrive on their name, and the fact that people will buy anything. Sony used to make incredibly good products. What happened????
Nowadays I'll buy Samsung instead. I miss my legendary Sony quality. It's all gone.
Do I seem bitter or biased? Well, yes. I loved early Sony stuff. I have worked with Sony professional since 84. But things changed for the worse. I have no respect left for this company. (and some others) But I do hope they will eventually pull their heads out of their posteriors and make Sony famous gain. ( And no.... not in court. See the CD fiasco. )
Take it as you will. Most will rush right out and buy anyway, as long as it's shiny and promises something new. Only time will tell for sure.