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Playstation 3 Blu Ray drive will cost Sony $100+

Discussion in 'Playstation Forums' started by Moosh, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Moosh

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    Hi all

    Found the following article which may be of interest:

    http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=25901

    Basically, the gist of the article is that by adding a Blu-Ray drive @ $100 per unit will make the PS3 very expensive and that Microsoft, with their XBox 360, are holding off before they commit to either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.

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    I doubt MS will go down the Blu Ray route since they have an agreement with Toshiba to suport HD DVD.
    Its more likely they will include an HD DVD drive once they actually come out and are cheap.
     
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    The article states that this will cost Sony $100 for the first half of 2006. Thereafter, cost will come down. I expect Sony to absorb some of this cost to keep it's console competively priced - but still more expensive than the 360. Once Blu-Ray has won the HD war (and it's looking quite likely that they will) - they'll be sub-licensing the technology to other manufactures and start making a lot of money. As in any new technology, optimising production will occur, and cost will drop dramatically. It's just a question of when - not if.
     
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    Sure, id like to see Blu Ray win. It is a good format. But if its more expensive than HD DVD, I dont think it will win.

    History has shown us that the better technology wont necesarely win.

    A quick example. VHS vs Betamax. VHS won even though Beta was a better format.

    SACD/DVD-A vs MP3. The 2 optical formats which were supposed to take over CD never really made it. Instead consumers choose MP3.
    Something which compresses music and makes it sound worse! Yet it won coz its cheap. (the i pod is partially to blame for this)

    If HD DVD delivers the same quality as Blu Ray and is cheaper than BR, then it will probably win.

    Both camps have equal support. And that support can be lost just as quickly as it was won.

    Everyone will sway towards the more popular format.
    Only time will tell.

    In a way though, I dont want sony to win as it will give them too much say in how Blu Ray is developed. They are too paranoid about HDCP and DRM. It will also put sony in a position of power. Somewhere they dont belong considering their track record and current financial situation.

    HD is a more open system like DVD is, and Toshiba have shown they can do it right.
     
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    ..it now turns out that this artical was a rehash of a 3 month artical when Merril Lynch (you know, that well known gaming pundit organisation) speculated that the Cell would cost $100, the Blu-Ray drive would cost $100 & the RXS GPU would cost $100. See www.joystiq.com (or below) for a follow up on the inquirers artical.

    The Inquirer has published a speculative article supposedly based on news from Games Developers Conference Europe that suggests Sony will have to pay $100 per Blu-Ray drive in each PS3. No, wait, more than $100 per console. And that number comes from an article that states;

    ”Microsoft is playing a safe game here, it will launch with DVD+RW but in some point in the future might release a new Xbox 360 version with HD-DVD or a Blu Ray drive.”
    Uh, since when is Microsoft putting DVD+/-RW drives in the Xbox 360? Last time we checked it’s just a standard 16x DVD drive, which can’t be costing Microsoft any more than $5-10 a unit, if you adjust for the huge number they’ve ordered.

    Sure, it’s a given that the Blu-Ray drive will be expensive, but more than $100 after economies of scale are factored in? That’d make it possibly the single most expensive component in the PS3 bar the Cell chip. As it stands, the article makes incorrect statements about the rival console’s optical drive and fails to back up the statement with a source. We’re getting in touch with The Inquirer to see where exactly they pulled that number from. Stay tuned for more.

    [Thanks, bandersnatch]

    [Update: Dan of gamegeeknews.com gave us the low down on the original source. In June a Merril Lynch analyst from Japan estimated the costs of the each of the components at $100 each for the Cell, RSX CPU and Blu-Ray. We’ve got no idea why The Inquirer felt the need to write up this 3 month old report as news, or why they stated the 360 will have a DVD burner.]



    The 'analyst' has since been shot ! :smashin:
     
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