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Killzone 2 developer: "Blu-ray is not a luxury"

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354w ago - From a GamePro interview with Killzone 2 producer Steven Ter Heide yesterday:

It's pretty obvious (at least to us) that Killzone 2 has some of the best graphics ever seen. What is it about the PS3 that allows you to pull off this kind of detail? And would you say it's accurate that the in-game E3 footage surpassed the E3 2005 CG cinema?

The E3 2005 trailer was all about setting our ambition and goals for the game. We wouldn't have created that movie if we did not think we could deliver that [level of detail]....We've created our own proprietary technology to drive the game, and this is using many of PS3's specific strengths.Large quantities of data can be streamed because we have a great deal of storage capacity. This allows for the level of detail you can see in the game.

It is not a luxury to have Blu-ray, but rather a necessity, as compression only gets you so far. I mean, the level that we showed at E3 and Leipzig topped out around 2GB!
 

Blu-ray Security Update IS More Anti-Consumer Than Anti-Piracy

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355w ago - The Blu-ray camp has been playing with the anti-piracy protection fire and once again consumers got burned. The addition of the BD+ copyright protection technology rendered recent Blu-ray discs basically unplayable, as several such players don't support the new protection software.

The BD+ technology was finalized in June, 2007 and therefore, it affects all the players released previously.

According to initial reports, the BD+ discs won't play at all on LG Electronics BH100 and Samsung BD-P1200 players. Sony's S1 and several Panasonic models still offer playback capability, but the "playback" has actually been stretched to the limit thanks to the extremely slow load times.

Samsung has already managed to issue a firmware update, which can be downloaded from its site. Also, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 will play BD+ movies after the 1.93 firmware is applied.

The first two movies to feature the BD+ technology are Twentieth Century Fox's The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow.

This might be just the start of a firmware frenzy that won't last for some time. It's understandable that companies are eager to do everything in their power to protect their...
 

Hitachi showcases 100GB Blu-Ray disc

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356w ago - Hitachi has developed a prototype four layer Blu-Ray disc capable of holding 100GB of data.

While companies such as TDK and Panasonic have previously mooted 100GB discs, they have always needed a specially developed optical head in the player to read the disc.

Hitachi, however, claims to have used a standard Blu-Ray drive optical head that's only slightly modified to allow it to read and write data across the four 25GB layers. It's believed this will only require a firmware update to make existing drives compatible.

The company is apparently working now to stabilise signal quality before considering a commercial roll-out.

The hardware manufacturer is also researching an eight layer disc that can hold 200GB of data but has encountered problems with reflections decreasing signal strength across the eight layers, which it is working to rectify.

At the time of going to press there is no word on when the disc will be ready for commercial release.
 

PSU attends Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour

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357w ago - PSU.com has recently had the chance to venture to Seattle, Washington and attend Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour, and we are back to tell you of our adventures.

Disney has been touring the United States with the help of Panasonic, and other companies such as Monster Cables, and Sony. There are several stops in major cities across the US, in which a Blu-ray demonstration booth is set up. This booth is loaded with several of Panasonics flat screen HDTV's each hooked up to a Blu-ray player. We spotted two PlayStation 3 consoles hooked up in addition to several Panasonic players.

The tour's target audience is families, with a strong promotion of family friendly titles such as Cars, Ratatouille, and Pirates of the Caribbean being displayed. The tour is not just for children though, a spoken presentation with video integration gives a brief history describing Disney's strive to stay on top of the technology and dedication to entertainment is actually quite entertaining and informative. It is a great way to show the benefits of Blu-ray to people who do not know. However, anyone who already owns Blu-ray will not likely benefit as much from this presentation.

Presentations aside, the displays they have set up are very nice to say the least. Shown at our stop were looping videos promoting Blu-ray...
 

Convert HD-DVD to Blu-ray and play on PS3

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357w ago - This step by step guide shows you how to convert an HD-DVD to Blu-ray that you can either put on a blu-ray disc or multiple DVDs. This can then be played back on your Blu-ray player including the PS3. No loss of quality, no reencoding. No more HD-DVD exclusives because they can be put on blu-ray.

Video: Convert HD-DVD to Blu-ray and play on PS3
 
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