5319 posts since 11/08/09
on 14 April 2013
In my opinion No. In the final negotiations on the new format they agreed to use Sony's disc format, if they could use Microsoft’s software to organize the data. Toshiba had given up given up so much to try to find a format agreement and not have another war - there were making certain parts. Most of the Picture industry liked Sony's format better, while the manufactures wanted something closer to HD DVD - as they could upgrade rather than replace their equipment - thus allowing them to start faster, and at a lower cost. They went over and over, but Sony refused to give up that part of control. Everyone was going to have a part, but Sony refused to allow Microsoft's format. Talk broke down finally everyone split into two camps. Thus the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war.
Sony would have used whatever the new HD/Bluray format was called. There would have been one new format, and I think much more popular than it was today. Sony's Blu-ray won Because of the PS3 and some fortunate, for Sony, negations.
I think it would have made a very different entertainment distribution industry from the one we see today. It might have actually been much better for the PS3 sales in the long run too.
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62270 posts since 23/03/09
on 14 April 2013
I am happy that they did. Although I have no reason for blu-ray's personally. DVD's had run their coarse. People had been talking about them for a while so it was bound to happen with some company. If they did not, the Wii U would have!
6195 posts since 06/05/11
on 14 April 2013
Yes, the tech was there anyway. Sony might as well have used it and its actually benefitted games. Games like God of war 3 and Uncharted 2/3 and others would have been restricted too much if they had to fit on a DVD. Blu ray was a good choice in the long run.
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4387 posts since 21/03/07
Regardless it would have used some form of HD optical disc. The industry was moving to standardize 1080p, and DVD was never going to deliver. PS3 was meant to be an HD console, thus it needed HD standards. Additionally, PS2 games were already pushing multiple discs, and Sony wanted to give developers a true generational leap.
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3524 posts since 05/07/07
The bigger question is:
Would PS3 if Sony didn't need to push it because they own the standard?
To me, yes they would've. The PS2 sold a lot because it was also a DVD device when no other game console was. Sony was trying to capitalize and repeat that success using Blu-ray.
And it worked to a large extent. The major selling feature I heard on the net for the first few years was that PS3 was the device to buy if you wanted a Blu-ray player. In part because it had the best Blu-ray player and in part because Blu-ray players were pretty much the same price as a PS3.
13717 posts since 29/11/10
Yes, they would have. Old Sony was about making the ultimate gaming machine with future tech: Cell and blu-ray. Today's Sony would not and is sticking with a very modest 6x CAV drive upgrade. First time without a new format. Old Sony would have pushed for a 5x CLV or 12x CAV drive with 8 layer 200 GB discs (developed in 2004-2006) for 4K playback.