Skip to Content
Uncategorized

Game Consoles Drive New DVD Format

January 9, 2006

Both the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats may have their fates decided long before their stand-alone players hit the marketplace thanks to next-generation game consoles, which will play both, according to the New York Times:

(I)t may be the relatively low-priced video game consoles that tip the balance toward one format – or prolong the stalemate for several more years. That’s because the new game machines from Sony and Microsoft will play high-definition DVDs and may spur disc sales far faster than stand-alone players.

Of course, it’s not new that Sony and Microsoft are trying to outdo each by offering up next-gen DVD format playback on their consoles. These two companies have been streaking to pack their boxes with as much digital entertainment firepower as possible for the last two years.

And it’s likely that much of our home digital entertainment will be largely influenced – in some manner – by the game consoles in the near future. With both systems getting exponentially more powerful and moving online (which encourages a plethora of music and movie usage, along with wireless and broadband activities), it’s likely we are at the cusp of a serious home invasion that will help push things such as wireless technologies as more people (read: parents and siblings of gamers) begin to use and store media on the consoles.

While it’s clear that the demographics of gamers is changing, I think the unknown factor in how quickly new technologies make it into the average American living room is how much the rest of the people in the household begin to migrate toward one unified entertainment system. There isn’t a lot of data on this yet, simply because there has been very little reason for dad and sis to try to figure out how to play music or watch DVDs through a console.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?

Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.

A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate

Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now. We look for advances that will have a big impact on our lives and break down why they matter.

These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway

Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.