Dumbest. Move. Ever.
uber-observant reader oncnawan pointed me over to this article on ign: Next-Gen DVD Copy-Protection Debacle.
holy craptacular mistake, batman.
so, let’s see. what are we looking at here?
- hdtv has a low installed base.
- even in the face of hdtv fighting for adoption for decades.
- blu-ray is stupid expensive compared to standard dvd.
- games won’t need the extra space.
- there is no pain point high definition dvds are solving for customers.
- and now, sony is apparently hitting not only the niche-within-a-niche, but the niche-within-a-niche-within-a-niche. brilliant!
so, now, not only do you need an hdtv to get any value out of that big, expensive blu-ray drive in the ps3, but you actually need an hdmi connection (actually and additional one aside from the one the 4 people using it have hooked into their digital cable box) to use it because of copy protection. the other 3 million hdtv owners using component video because they have no hdmi connection are out of luck.
so, you have to be a gamer, have an hdtv, want to play high definition dvds AND have hdmi connections. then, the $250 extra for the blu-ray drive is justified.
so, the early adopters — the people who are out on the street pimping this cool new technology to all of their friends and families — are so gonna be pissed.
smooth move, sony. piss off your best customers.
i knew the high definition dvd formats were going to be anchored down with some form of copy protection, but i was assuming that was just anti-ripping technology. not a retarded attempt at closing the analog hole.
- alienating hardcore video enthusiasts with trying to close the analog hole.
- alienating hardcore video gamers by making them pay for a blu-ray drive they have no interest in — they just want to game.
- alienating the causal customer with a huge pricetag on the ps3 when compared to xbox 360 and nintendo revolution.
who the hell are they making this thing for?
there’s a helluva good discussion going on over where oncnawan originally pointed me to this article.