First I wanted to post a few quotes from an article I spotted in the BBC's Technology column, concerning Blu-Ray: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6243383.stm
"We recognise that the two formats are here to stay."
But the backers of Blu-ray are much more bullish and are predicting victory. … Blu-ray has more backing from film studios and more makers of the players, but HD-DVD has sold equally well in the first year of release. … But the Blu-ray camp believes a library of exclusive titles and the power of PlayStation 3 - which has an in-built Blu-ray player - will see the format pull ahead in the next 12 months. … Mike Dunn, president of worldwide home entertainment for 20th Century Fox, said: “I really believe the format war is in its final phase.” … Supporters of Blu-ray believe that the late arrival to the market in 2006 of new next generation Blu-ray DVD players has given a more even picture than is true. … Currently there is an even number of titles available for both formats but most analysts predict there will be more content available for Blu-ray than HD-DVD next year. … Seven of the eight major US film studios back Blu-ray and five of them are exclusive to the format.
The HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray battle feels like XM vs. Sirius to me… XM has the clearer name, but Sirius is catching up due to its content. However, I am slightly biased… being both a Sirius subscriber and “Blu-Ray”-equipped viewer.
One thing that I noticed today was the PS3's new, smaller game cases were not exclusive to the system… and in-fact the next-gen DVDs also share them. HD-DVD cases are red, Blu-Ray are blue. Very nice.
Below is a side-by-side comparison to a previous generation DVD case. (a Nintendo Wii game, for example.) Now that I realize that this is considered to be an accepted case format (not just exclusive to the PS3), I agree… it's a step in the right direction.
In other news, my two game demos, “Gran Turismo: HD Concept” and “Genji: Days of the Blade”, were ready to be played this evening. Overall I wasn't that impressed with the GT… it was clearly just a port of Gran Turismo 4 for PS2 with some minor functionality added. However, the “Genji” demo had some fantastic graphics.
Sorry about the flash in this shot:
Title screen, and a shot from “Resistance: Fall of Man”:
…Way better than anything I've seen on Xbox 360. I only wish that I hadn't finished playing “Tony Hawk's Project 8” on PS2 before upgrading, as I'm sure that would have looked fantastic as well.