Blu-ray/HD DVD: Warner Goes Blu-ray Exclusive

In a suprising news yesterday, Warner announced that they are going Blu-ray exlusive. Here’s the pressrelease taken from highdefdigest.com:

(January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers.”

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.

“Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”

“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”


Toshiba, one of the biggest HD DVD backer, made a statement (also taken from highdefdigest.com):

TOKYO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.’ decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

Xbox 360: Xbox LIVE Holiday Performance

For those who tried to play in Xbox Live this Christmas, you may have experienced some trouble playing online. Luckily, I wasn’t one of those, since I didn’t take with me my Xbox 360 to my parents.

Microsof made a statement today saying what they will do for Xbox gold member. The statement is taken from MajorNelson.com:

Dear Xbox LIVE Members:

During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service.

As a result of this massive increase in usage we know that some of you experienced intermittent Xbox LIVE issues over the holiday break. While the service was not completely offline at any given time, we are disappointed in our performance. I would like to take this moment to thank you each and every one of you for your patience and understanding as our team has worked around the clock to return the service to a stable state.

At the same time we would like to offer a token of our appreciation to all of you in celebration of record success for the service. And as a thank you for your loyalty during this holiday period, we will be offering all of our Xbox LIVE members around the world access to a full Xbox LIVE Arcade game that will be available to download free of charge. In the coming weeks we will be sharing the specific details of this offer with you.

Thank you again for helping make Xbox LIVE everything that it is today!

Sincerely,

Marc Whitten
General Manager, Xbox LIVE
Gamertag: Notwen

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday January 4, 2008

Europe got one new VC game to download this Friday.

Harvest Moon
Super Nintendo – 1998 by Marvelous Entertainment Inc. – Farm simulation – 1 player – 800 points – age 3+

Released for the Super Ninetendo in 1998, this is the first in the now legendary Harvest Moon series of farm simulation games. Starting off with nothing but a few fields and empty stables, you must build up your farm in order to reach your ultimate goal – matrimony!

Plant and harvest different crops, buy and breed cows and chickens and earn money by selling your produce. You can cout a potential wife from several girls in town, but you’ll need to work on upgrading that moedest house of yours if she’s ever going to want to move in!

With special events and holidays every year, crops and scenery that change with the passing of the seasons and a cute at your side, this addictive and entertaining game is sure to bring out the farmer in you!

Retro Gamer – issue 46

I got the latest issue of Retro Gamer, issue 46, when I got home from my Christmas Holiday.

This is what you can read in issue 46:

  • Collector’s Corner
  • Back to the Eighties – The Latest News from February 1984
  • Back to the Nineties – The Latest News from May 1990
  • Top 25 Atari 2600 games
  • Retroinspection: Vic-20
  • The Making of… Rick Dangerous I & II
  • Developer Lookback: Electronic Arts (part 1 of 3)
  • Classic Game: Jackal
  • The Making of… Robocop
  • Whatever Happened To… Chase HQ II: Special Criminal Investigation
  • The Making of… California Games
  • The Acrs of Atari
  • The Making of… Loom

If you can’t find Retro Gamer issue 46 in your local news stand, go to ImagineShop.co.uk and order it from there.