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Future Blu-ray Movies To Come With Playable Game Demos 170

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Audiofan writes "Enthusiasts have long suggested the PlayStation 3 to their family and friends as one of the better and most affordable Blu-ray players. Lately, prices of Blu-ray players have been coming down, but the PS3 is still one of the better options out there. Sony is taking advantage of this by starting to offer game demos on their Blu-ray offerings. While these demos will only be playable on the PS3, they hope the extra value will help drive sales."
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Future Blu-ray Movies To Come With Playable Game Demos

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  • Great idea! This'll be bigger than UMD Vide... oh...

    Nevermind...

    • by elrous0 (869638) *
      Stop running down UMD! It would have worked if it weren't for those meddling kids, dammit!
  • by electrosoccertux (874415) on Friday November 13, 2009 @02:26AM (#30084042)

    This is awesome. Most game demos have to give you enough to wet your appetite for more. Most of the time you can realize the game would suck, but the demo usually has a few redeeming qualities making the 30 minutes that you play the demo rewarding and entertaining.

    So: I'm all for it.

    • by dunezone (899268)
      When the game sucks you release the demo weeks after the initial release, thus suckering people into buying the real product because they wont / cant wait, only to be disappointed.

      Although, the recent trend has been to release a early beta and when you run into problems they say its beta and it will be fixed in the commercial release.
  • by matty619 (630957) on Friday November 13, 2009 @03:02AM (#30084182)

    I really hope that bluray is the last of this shiny plastic disc phenomenon. I had a somewhat respectable VHS collection, then amassed a healthy DVD collection, jumped on the HD-DVD bandwagon with the HD player add-on for the 360 before that battle was lost, and now I've got about the same number of bluray discs.

    We've been told time and again, when you buy an album, or a copy of a movie, you don't *own* that copy, you have merely licensed it. So I'm not allowed to make a backup for personal use of the copy of my license, when the new format comes out, I have to buy a new "license" for the IP I have already licensed.... I am sooo ready to simply "license" movies via a Netflix like subscription service....I'll pay $20/month (less than the cost of 2 premium cable TV channels) if I can "rent" any movie I like on the fly. I've already got a 20 Mb/s internet connection, and with DOCSIS 3.0 coming to my area next year, should be fast enough to stream reasonably compressed HD content. No more need to buy and keep track of fragile little discs...or have to re-purchase when the next format comes out 12 years later.

    I'm just over it.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by reashlin (1370169)
      Oh I get it, your so sick of moving from format to format, media to media, license to license that your ready to jump ship from Blu-ray to a subscription download service. Good on ya.

      You'd be better off just keeping the old 'players' around and not jumping on every new bandwagon that rolls into town. You can still buy decent combined DVD/VHS players so its won't likely take up too much space on that front. I'm sure you've still got your 360 around and likely a PS3. So I don't see why you have to replace an
      • You are correct. I still have about 200 VHS titles and lots of VHS-C home movies. As long as I've got a VCR, those movies will be mine to watch and view whenever I feel like it. No need to upgrade.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      >>>jumped on the HD-DVD bandwagon

      That's your own dumb fault. If you had been smart (like me ;-) ), you would have patiently waited for the BD and HDDVD war to be over. I learned that early on, when I bought Betamax instead of VHS. Better to wait to see who has won.

       

    • by elrous0 (869638) * on Friday November 13, 2009 @10:53AM (#30086734)

      Do you really think it's going to work that way? You think studios are just going to give up the lucrative model they have now just so you can pay a small flat fee for all-you can-eat? No, let me tell you how it would REALLY work if they got rid of those "shiny discs": It would be exactly the same as it is now, with you paying $20-$25 per movie, only now you would only get a downloaded copy which you couldn't then resell or loan to a friend. The end.

      And that is why you should PRAY that those shiny discs stick around.

  • But this might be a little irritating to any blu-ray player manufacturers NOT named Sony.
  • by 117 (1013655) on Friday November 13, 2009 @05:12AM (#30084660)
    From TFA:

    just about the only thing you can't do with a PS3 is use it as a DVR.

    This might be true in the US, but in other regions the PlayTV [wikipedia.org] hardware add-on enables you to do exactly that. PlayTV allows you to watch live free-to-air TV and HDTV through the PS3, and record those programs to the PS3's hard drive. I bought the PlayTV add-on (I'm in the UK) as it was cheaper than buying a standalone DVR for free-to-air broadcasts, and have found it to be easier to use and far more reliable than the standalone alternatives available here

    • by Malc (1751)

      It doesn't work with Freesat though, does it? I can't get Freeview in my flat, and there isn't enough room inside for an internal aerial big enough - the whole building is wired for Freesat though. And why can't the iPlayer download to the harddrive like on PC or Mac? And why is the PS3 fan so loud?

    • I also have the PlayTV..

      You forgot to mention few other usefull features...

      a) the recorded stuff is in standard MPEG format (for sd) and is already in the right stream format for burning to DVD-Video without transcoding.

      b) it seems to already support AVC/Mp4 and only requires a software update (maybe already provided)

      c) two tuners, record one program watch another. Though it would be nice if it can also record two at the same time.... probably a software update (i dont think there is a restriction based on

      • one more thing. ITs recorded as a Mp2 TS, so the entire stream is recorded, including subtitles stream, and alternative Audio streams.

  • That would have been awesome, Futurama blu-Ray with playable Game Demo...but NO! ;-/

  • They will go on the shelf next to all those dvds with the action viewable from different camera angles and lots of alternate endings and stuff we were promised when the same kind of idiots in suits were selling us a new more profitable format.

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