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Submission + - Xbox head proclaims Blu-ray dead ( 3

Blacklaw writes: Microsoft has sided with Apple in a rare case of solidarity between the two companies, and declares that Blu-ray will be "passed by" as a high-definition format.
In many ways, it's hard to disagree. US markets have seen the demand for legal digital downloads of PC games exceed sales of the physical object for the first time, and Apple famously refuses to put a Blu-ray drive in its Macs, as Jobs prefers to send people towards iTunes to download their entertainment. That said, there's an argument for physical media, too. A recent survey suggested that the majority of gamers prefer physical discs, and digital downloads have the secondary effect of entirely cutting out the popular market for second-hand films and games — a plus for publishers, but a big negative for the consumer.

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Xbox head proclaims Blu-ray dead

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  • If I hear one more thing described as being "dead" that obviously isn't and will not be any time soon I swear I will shove my entire head through my monitor.
    • Slashdot user Halifax Samuels proclaimed dead following unfortunate head-monitor interaction. Last words were believed to be "I ain't dead, motherf***er!"
      Film at 11.

  • That's HughesNet, not Usenet.

    If Blu-ray Disc dies, then people living in rural areas who want to buy high-definition films or AAA video games will have to move house to higher-priced real estate in the city where high-speed Internet is available. Dial-up, ISDN, satellite, and 768 kbps DSL don't cut it.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.