Gadget Update – aka Geekfest 2006
Haven't blogged in a while, so this is just a quick commentary on E3 2006
... the big consumer electronics show in Los Angeles.
- PS3 has a price (US$499 for bare bones, US$599 for larger hard drive and wireless internet, both will be blu-ray high definition DVD drives) and a launch date (November 17, 2006). I'm already sharpening my ebay knives, as I'm sure there will be a product shortage heading into the holiday season. Join me in hoarding scarce product and selling to desperate parents!
- Nintendo has abandoned the working name for their next generation video game console (Revolution), and has instead christined it "Wii". I'm not kidding. Wiitarded? Wiidiculous? Yes. All of wii above.
- Xbox announced that an add-on HD-DVD player will be available that will plug into a USB port on the Xbox 360. The CD drive in the 360 is just normal DVD. They also released a trailer for Halo 3, which may excite some but doesn't do much for me.
For those not following the move towards a new DVD standard, here's a summary: current DVD's and DVD players look OK on High Definition TV's, but not stellar. That's because they only have 480 lines of resolution.
So someone has designed new DVD's and DVD players that put out widescreen High Definition resolution. Cool, right?
Well, there's a catch. Sony (and a big group of companies) has their flavour called blu-ray. Microsoft (and a different big group of companies) has their OWN flavour called HD-DVD. They aren't compatible. Each group thinks theirs is better than the others, and aren't willing to compromise.
So what does this mean? Two formats can't co-exist peacefully. Can you imagine Blockbuster having to carry 3 different types of discs: old DVD's, blu-ray DVD's, and HD-DVD's? It didn't work for VHS and beta, it didn't work for DVD's and laser discs, and it won't work again here.
Choose your side wisely ... here's an FAQ
for anyone who wants to know more. I'm unlikely to snap up the HD-DVD add-on to the xbox 360 anytime soon.