the quality of streamed movies is no where near the level of a good blu-ray movie. so i use both. but one day it will, and i can see where blu-ray and any other physical media whill be obsolete. until then. having both is a must.
Blu Ray will still be around, same way they still have DvDs with the Blu Ray discs, along with the digital downloads. Ya, digital download is great, and that's how I get almost everything, but high speed internet isn't in everyone's home, and to go digital only is just gonna shoot them in foot. One day, yes, but that day isn't today, and it's not gonna be tomorrow, maybe 5 years down the line when high speed internet is more saturated, but not quite yet.
Hmm more MS crap ? OKJ Xbox360 has done quite well using just a bog standard DVD drive, but lets face it... its much harder and expensive to copy Blu Ray discs - so If MS want to tryand prevent more piracy of Xbox titles or even PC software then put it on blu ray.
I thin kthe bigger point is that MS wont adopt Blu Ray because Sony beat them to it and it would be a little like admitting defeat.
Downloads sure, but streaming is a whole different game. Between the fact that most people have painfully slow internet that cannot keep up with HD streaming and ISP caps Blu-ray isn't disappearing yet.
I like having my movies bought on DVD or burned onto DVD after buying it, personally. If I can't burn it onto something I won't be paying for it, except for what I watch streamed off Netflix...
Easier to let my family use a DVD than to use money I don't have to setup some sort of awesome Media Center that can stream to any TV in the house...
Blu ray blank discs are cheaper now too. I might be in the minority of people though considering there are a lot of movies I like to watch more than once... Streaming content isn't always available.
Having a large collection of physical media has saved me a couple times really. Like last time we moved we didn't have TV or internet for an extra couple weeks, so we had tons of DVDs to watch when it got late and we felt like vegging.
I think it's nice that if you purchase a movie/game on either DVD or bluray, you have the physical copy. You can sell it to someone else if you so choose. With a digital download, wouldn't you just be stuck with what you purchased?
BR burners are way too expensive at present to purchase on a whim. Maybe in a year or two when the price of both the burners and discs are competitive with DVD or even 9DL DVDs, I might entertain the idea of buying it as a storage/backup solution.
Ugh, there are Blu Ray files already available, its called the .MVK format.
THese are basically close to being a BLU RAY format and the files are not as large as 20GB but they are more than 7gb which would be a DVD.
And NO, I dont believe that the next gen systems will not sport a HDD because the console will need to store upadates and will need internal memory. So maybe it might not sport a HDD but it may have a large SSD by then.
Microsoft has long had a vested interest in digital download and making Blu-Ray go away.
That is the same microsoft that had me calling some frickin call center in dubi every time my LEGAL copy of windows had to be installed. Apparently I changed the inside of my rig around so many times they thought I was puting it on a new machine. Thats alwasys a fun 45 min. So screw microsoft and their control tactics
Second, there is something very posessory about having a physical disk. I bought it. Its mine. Ill have it forever. Now, a few years back I got the game Panzer General online for 5 bucks...well...subsequently my drive got wiped and I had to go back to the company to get another copy....turns out they lost my original purchase and I had to pay another 5 bucks to get rights to the game again. Pure streaming + corporate profit motive + BS bureaucracy created = bad news.
Also, if everyone starts streaming...the internet will get clogged...period. Now, there is a niche for streaming and in a perfect world it might be a good replacement. But not this world. Keep makin the disks.