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PS3 games to come with free Blu-ray movies?


Source: High-Def Digest

Industry insiders are suggesting that Sony will be bundling free Blu-ray movies along with game releases. No, you didn’t read that wrong: they’re not bundling them with the console itself, but along with games. I’m starting to smell the strench of desperation. “Buy Sonic the Hedgehog and get a free copy of the classic Little Man!” as Lyris put it.

On a related note, Engadget is reporting that Warner Home Video have apparently come up with a means of creating a triple format HD DVD/Blu-ray/DVD disc. This doesn’t mean that the same data can be read by both players, but rather, much like the HD DVD/DVD combo discs being offered by Warner and Universal for some titles, that multiple differently formatted layers are included. This is certainly an extremely interesting development, but I have to wonder how many studios are likely to pay the licensing costs for three formats, as well as the unavoidable increase in manufacturing costs.

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 12:10 AM | Comments: 1
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Games | HD DVD | Technology



I really don't see the point of bundling Blu-ray movies with games. I know gamers are all ages, but I still think anyone who's primarily interested in movies will buy a stand-alone player, and PS3 owners will buy it primarily to play games. And they'll be saving their money mostly for those games (which are hardly cheap), not thinking "Wow, 'S.W.A.T.' looked so great I'm going to buy 'Stealth' on Blu-ray now".

Unless that bundled copy of 'S.W.A.T' will count as a sale, enabling Sony to artificially big-up their sales figures?

Posted by: Philly Q, September 19, 2006 12:30 PM

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