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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: What's Next?

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368w ago - This should be the final year for the high-def format war.. So, what's next?

After Warner Bros.' endorsement of Blu-ray shortly before the Consumer Electronics Show, many analysts have said Blu-ray will be the ultimate winner in its high-def disc format war against HD DVD.

But how much longer will the war go on? And, what will happen before it comes to an end -- assuming that it does?

Here's my prediction for what's likely to transpire in the high-def format war in 2008:

1.The HD DVD Surge
Toshiba said today that it will slash prices on HD DVD players and expand its marketing campaign. Clearly, the format's leading supporter is trying to show the studios and other industry players that it's still a competitive battle.

However, in part because of the negative press from CES (thanks to Warner Bros), relatively few consumers will bite on the lower prices due to fears that they will purchase a soon-to-be obsolete format.

2. Toshiba & Sony Will Begin Peace Talks
While awaiting sales results from the first quarter, Toshiba and Sony (Blu-ray's leading supporter) will begin informal negotiations for establishing a single format. With five major studios behind it (compared to HD DVD's two), Sony has the leverage here, but it wants to bring this battle...
 

US porn studio and HD-DVD camp in divorce row

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368w ago - It's one blow after another for the Toshiba-lead HD-DVD consortium. This time round, it's California-based Digital Playground Inc. turning its back against the red camp.

A recent statement released by the pornographic movie studio indicated a possible Blu-ray switch by end 2008. This was revealed in an interview between the company founder and a German website Heise online during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2008.

Among the reasons cited are the Warner coup and higher Digital Playground Blu-ray title sales volume against their equivalent HD-DVD offerings. The latter was said to be attributed to PlayStation3 gaming console's success, though it's still facing resistance from Sony on distributing pornography on Blu-ray, understandably with Walt Disney Pictures onboard. It has since worked around this issue by collaborating with independent Blu-ray disc manufacturers.
 

New DMC4 Screens Reveal New Boss

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368w ago - Famitsu has posted some new screens for the upcoming Devil May Cry 4 that reveal a new boss character. We're not sure what his name is, but he's really, really large and looks to be made of some kind of stone.

Some of the screenshots seem extremely reminiscent of the Colossus of Rhodes battle in God of War 2. However, whether the actual gameplay of the battle is the same remains to be seen.

I have to say I'm really digging Dante's suitcase cum automatic weapon. I really need to get one of those, it would come in quite handy for clearing the way at crowded conventions.

You can also check out the whole gallery on Famitsu here!
 

First Look at Highlander on PS3

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368w ago - We reported back in August about SCi gaining the licensing to create a Highlander game. Not much has been spoken on in regards to this title; however, a trailer has been released which will be viewable below.

The game is being developed by Widescreen and published through Eidos Interactive.

Here is the first trailer for the title:





The game is still set to span over 2000 years of story throughout the plot. You'll get to fight in such cities as Pompei, Japan, Highlands, and then finally New York.

In order to freshen up your minds, here are some of the features you can expect in the game.

* 4 distinct environments and 18 missions - Play in NY (near future), Pompeii before the eruption, Highlands in the medieval ages and Japan during the Samurai era - Epic Engine for high quality graphics
* 3 weapons to master - Katana, Claymore and Double Sword
* 9 navigations features - Dagger climbing, Ropes, Dynamic ladders, Swan dive, Freefall, Traverse climbing, Cannonball, Beams, Ziplines
* Quickening techniques - Resurrection, Chi balance (stamina), Weapon Mastery (Fireblade, Wind Fury, Stone Armor), Channelling the Source (charge up for powerful attacks)
* 77 characters - New main character - Owen Macleod,...
 

Forget the Wii, Zcam on the way for PS3!

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368w ago - This device should be the new means of playing in the Wii sense of Gameplay.

Video can be seen here:




 
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