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Did you know that the PS3 can play Blu-ray movies? Most gamers don’t

Much of the credit for Blu-ray Discs’ rapid surge in sales beginning in 2007 is given to the launch of the PlayStation 3. Sony’s newest console brought to the market an incredible value for the high-definition home theater enthusiast.

The PlayStation 3 remains one of the market’s cheapest, but most capable Blu-ray Disc movie players – but oddly enough, that fact isn’t as well known as one may believe. In fact, research results released by NPD Group suggest that the majority of gamers, including owners of Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles, are oblivious to their machine’s high-definition capabilities.

Amazingly, the report finds that only 40 percent of PlayStation 3 owners knew that the games machine was fully capable of playing Blu-ray Disc movies. And of those who knew about the Blu-ray feature, only half had used it to play a movie during the last 10 times they used the console. The remaining half who knew about the movie player capabilities do not take advantage of the feature.

While movies may not be on every gamer’s agenda, only 30 percent of Xbox 360 owners knew of the machine’s high-definition gaming output capabilities, with the number rising to 50 percent in the case of PS3 owners. This suggests that the majority of current generation gaming still takes place on standard-definition televisions.

"The industry is still in its infancy with regard to this "next-gen" and all the expanded capabilities of the systems," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier to 1UP. "Gameplay is still king, and it may take awhile for the awareness and usage of the additional features to really take hold with consumers."

Those with HDTVs may be wishing for a high-definition Wii, but given the NPD Group’s findings, it’s easy to understand why Nintendo isn’t yet interested.



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Bad logic...
By littleprince on 8/13/2007 11:10:26 AM , Rating: 2
It's pretty flawed logic that leads to their conclusion about why a non HD Wii makes sense.

I don't buy DVD's, I rarely watch or rent them either. If I bought a PS3 or Xbox360 it would have nothing to do with this feature.

Playing games in HD is totataly different. The Wii's graphics are boring, nothing enticing. Would ppl buy a system because the game looks visually so much better? Obviously yes.

Not watching HD-DVD or Blu-Ray dics != Not wanting HD Games...




RE: Bad logic...
By Spivonious on 8/13/2007 11:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
"owners of Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles, are oblivious to their machine’s high-definition capabilities."

This is not referring to movie-watching. This says that the guy down the street with the PS3 doesn't know it can output 1080p, and doesn't care because he's using a 5 year-old 27" SDTV.


RE: Bad logic...
By BMFPitt on 8/13/2007 5:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is not referring to movie-watching. This says that the guy down the street with the PS3 doesn't know it can output 1080p, and doesn't care because he's using a 5 year-old 27" SDTV.
I'd like to see how this question was phrased. Seems that even people who don't know the difference between HDMI and CAT5 would still at least know that these consoles have HD output.


RE: Bad logic...
By Zurtex on 8/13/2007 11:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
The report doesn't just talk about Blu-Ray and HD DVD though. It says that gamers aren't even aware it outputs in to HD at all. So your taking a skew on part of the argument there really.

If you took a poll of people who own Wii's, as to whether they had an HD TV and if they know how to connect the Wii to an HD TV if it had HD Output, you'd probabily find it much lower than these figures given. Since when had the Wii been about appeasing the hardcore techie in to their high end graphics?

There's a more simple logic, if they made the Wii HD, they'd need to upgrade the CPU and the GPU somewhat significantly. Probably some other upgrades as well, now if they did that they wouldn't be able to have games take advantage of them unless they said on games "for Wii HD only", which would limit their market and piss off lots of people who already have a Wii.

I'm quite sure Nintendo's 6th major console will be HD, I don't think they have any compelling reason to make this one HD.


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