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7th Jul '14 5:08:18 PM MarkLungo
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->''"Without Blu-Ray, your HDTV is just a TV."''
-->-- '''[[{{Slogan}} Marketing slogan]]'''

Blu-ray is the most recent consumer optical media format, intended for high definition content. It was introduced by the Blu-ray Disc Association, an industry consortium which includes Creator/{{Sony}}, Philips, Apple, Panasonic and many others. The discs are the same physical size as a DVD, but have a capacity of 25 gigabytes per layer (discs are currently at one or two layers), large enough for a feature-length film stored at 1080p resolution with significant leftover space. The Blu-ray format is used by the {{Playstation 3}}; in fact, for a time this game console was the only Blu-ray player on the market, a factor that helped overcome some of the objections to its high price point.

All that space comes with a drawback. The read and seek speeds of the new disc are only marginally faster, while the capacity is much higher, leading to long load times for games released on this format. The problem is not as noticeable during movies, which are of course strictly linear. But it becomes even more noticeable when burning, although those wishing to back up hard drives would need a lot of time anyway.

The players are expensive, especially given how cheap DVD players have gotten, so most people have only one, if they have any. They have recently been gone down in price, although it is debated if the price cut came soon enough. There are few portable devices that support it. One solution to this problem is to copy the tactic from HD-DVD: package a DVD version of any given movie with the Blu-ray disc, so parents don't need to either buy the film twice, or try to explain disc formats to a six year old who's upset he can't watch ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' in the minivan.

Blu-rays were expected to replace [=DVDs=] as the standard home video format, which Sony happily claimed would be a CurbStompBattle, but takeover isn't really panning out. A HDTV (preferably 40" or more without sitting very close) is needed to enjoy the sharp picture - while watching on a standard-definition TV might show a small improvement over DVD due to the downscaling effect, it's largely not worth it. The content itself also needs to have been filmed in HD (virtually all older films qualify due to the detail level of 16mm and 35mm film, but older TV series and other content shot or mastered on SD video sadly don't qualify). However, HDTVs are now very common in households, and virtually all current media is shot in HD. Many people still feel that Blu-rays are not that significant of an upgrade from [=DVDs=], as much as optical discs were an upgrade from cassettes (many [=DVDs=] hold up remarkably well when "upconverted" to high-definition--most Blu-ray players should be able to play a standard [=DVD=] and in turn "upgrade" the picture quality--but this can be subjective). Another problem is the people that buy HDTVs and don't realize what to get with it--you need a component or HDMI connection cable (anywhere from $5 on eBay to $80 for overpriced cables - stick with the cheap ones, there's essentially no difference) and you really ought to upgrade your speaker system too ($400+) because the built-in speakers on any TV just won't cut the mustard.

In addition, the rise in popularity of online video sales and video streaming websites such as Hulu has also curtailed some of Blu-ray's growth. In response to this Blu-ray players have at least ''some'' internet television capability and can access content providers like Website/YouTube, {{Netflix}}, {{Hulu}}, Blip, Crackle and others without a dedicated piece of equipment like a Roku Player or Apple TV. However, Blu-ray discs themselves still hover around the $15-$25 range (as opposed to $8-$15 for [=DVDs=], with further drops and special offers common, which is often a turn-off for those who plan on switching to the new format. Not to mention, the library for Blu-Ray is a lot smaller. Some film companies are responding by putting the bulk of the extra features on the Blu-ray versions, even basic ones like [[DVDCommentary Audio Commentary]].

The format's name comes from the blue-colored laser used to read the blue-tinted disc. A blue laser has a shorter wavelength than the red ones used for DVD players (and infrared for [=CDs=]), and thus can pick out the much smaller physical data tracks on the disc, allowing one to pack more data on a given area.

Ironically, Sony is currently up against LG in a patent war regarding Blu-ray technology, starting when LG tried to get the PS3 banned outside of Japan. This dispute could be part of LG's EvilPlan to hold an illegal monopoly on the Blu-ray industry, as evidenced by [[http://www.techeye.net/business/lg-dodges-blu-ray-patent-group-because-it-still-wants-to-litigate LG dodging a Blu-ray licensing consortium just because it still wants to litigate]].

Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 7 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game, ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=] and ''Tekken Hybrid'' which contains the movie ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'' and two games, ''Tekken Tag Tournament HD'' and a demo of ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however, so whether gamers will prefer to stick with physical copies or embrace downloading games from the Internet will determine the future of the format in the games market.

Unlike DVD where there were only two movies on launch day for the format, Blu-ray launched with seven films[[labelnote:*]]''Film/FiftyFirstDates'', ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', ''Film/XXx'', ''Film/{{Hitch}}'', ''[[Film/{{Underworld}} Underworld Evolution]]'', ''Film/TheFifthElement'' and ''Film/TheTerminator''[[/labelnote]] that can all lay claim to being the "first Blu-ray title''. However, there are considerably less movies now out on Blu-ray than there are on DVD.

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->''"Without Blu-Ray, your HDTV is just a TV."''
-->-- '''[[{{Slogan}} Marketing slogan]]'''

Blu-ray is the most recent consumer optical media format, intended for high definition content. It was introduced by the Blu-ray Disc Association, an industry consortium which includes Creator/{{Sony}}, Philips, Apple, Panasonic and many others. The discs are the same physical size as a DVD, but have a capacity of 25 gigabytes per layer (discs are currently at one or two layers), large enough for a feature-length film stored at 1080p resolution with significant leftover space. The Blu-ray format is used by the {{Playstation 3}}; in fact, for a time this game console was the only Blu-ray player on the market, a factor that helped overcome some of the objections to its high price point.

All that space comes with a drawback. The read and seek speeds of the new disc are only marginally faster, while the capacity is much higher, leading to long load times for games released on this format. The problem is not as noticeable during movies, which are of course strictly linear. But it becomes even more noticeable when burning, although those wishing to back up hard drives would need a lot of time anyway.

The players are expensive, especially given how cheap DVD players have gotten, so most people have only one, if they have any. They have recently been gone down in price, although it is debated if the price cut came soon enough. There are few portable devices that support it. One solution to this problem is to copy the tactic from HD-DVD: package a DVD version of any given movie with the Blu-ray disc, so parents don't need to either buy the film twice, or try to explain disc formats to a six year old who's upset he can't watch ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' in the minivan.

Blu-rays were expected to replace [=DVDs=] as the standard home video format, which Sony happily claimed would be a CurbStompBattle, but takeover isn't really panning out. A HDTV (preferably 40" or more without sitting very close) is needed to enjoy the sharp picture - while watching on a standard-definition TV might show a small improvement over DVD due to the downscaling effect, it's largely not worth it. The content itself also needs to have been filmed in HD (virtually all older films qualify due to the detail level of 16mm and 35mm film, but older TV series and other content shot or mastered on SD video sadly don't qualify). However, HDTVs are now very common in households, and virtually all current media is shot in HD. Many people still feel that Blu-rays are not that significant of an upgrade from [=DVDs=], as much as optical discs were an upgrade from cassettes (many [=DVDs=] hold up remarkably well when "upconverted" to high-definition--most Blu-ray players should be able to play a standard [=DVD=] and in turn "upgrade" the picture quality--but this can be subjective). Another problem is the people that buy HDTVs and don't realize what to get with it--you need a component or HDMI connection cable (anywhere from $5 on eBay to $80 for overpriced cables - stick with the cheap ones, there's essentially no difference) and you really ought to upgrade your speaker system too ($400+) because the built-in speakers on any TV just won't cut the mustard.

In addition, the rise in popularity of online video sales and video streaming websites such as Hulu has also curtailed some of Blu-ray's growth. In response to this Blu-ray players have at least ''some'' internet television capability and can access content providers like Website/YouTube, {{Netflix}}, {{Hulu}}, Blip, Crackle and others without a dedicated piece of equipment like a Roku Player or Apple TV. However, Blu-ray discs themselves still hover around the $15-$25 range (as opposed to $8-$15 for [=DVDs=], with further drops and special offers common, which is often a turn-off for those who plan on switching to the new format. Not to mention, the library for Blu-Ray is a lot smaller. Some film companies are responding by putting the bulk of the extra features on the Blu-ray versions, even basic ones like [[DVDCommentary Audio Commentary]].

The format's name comes from the blue-colored laser used to read the blue-tinted disc. A blue laser has a shorter wavelength than the red ones used for DVD players (and infrared for [=CDs=]), and thus can pick out the much smaller physical data tracks on the disc, allowing one to pack more data on a given area.

Ironically, Sony is currently up against LG in a patent war regarding Blu-ray technology, starting when LG tried to get the PS3 banned outside of Japan. This dispute could be part of LG's EvilPlan to hold an illegal monopoly on the Blu-ray industry, as evidenced by [[http://www.techeye.net/business/lg-dodges-blu-ray-patent-group-because-it-still-wants-to-litigate LG dodging a Blu-ray licensing consortium just because it still wants to litigate]].

Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 7 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game, ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=] and ''Tekken Hybrid'' which contains the movie ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'' and two games, ''Tekken Tag Tournament HD'' and a demo of ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however, so whether gamers will prefer to stick with physical copies or embrace downloading games from the Internet will determine the future of the format in the games market.

Unlike DVD where there were only two movies on launch day for the format, Blu-ray launched with seven films[[labelnote:*]]''Film/FiftyFirstDates'', ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', ''Film/XXx'', ''Film/{{Hitch}}'', ''[[Film/{{Underworld}} Underworld Evolution]]'', ''Film/TheFifthElement'' and ''Film/TheTerminator''[[/labelnote]] that can all lay claim to being the "first Blu-ray title''. However, there are considerably less movies now out on Blu-ray than there are on DVD.

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1st Jan '14 1:22:13 PM dmeagher13
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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however, so it will be interesting to see whether gamers will prefer to stick with physical copies or embrace downloading their games over the Internet.

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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however, so it will be interesting to see whether gamers will prefer to stick with physical copies or embrace downloading their games over from the Internet.
Internet will determine the future of the format in the games market.
30th Dec '13 6:50:31 AM BreakAtmo
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Blu-rays were expected to replace [=DVDs=] as the standard home video format, which Sony happily claimed would be a CurbStompBattle, but takeover isn't really panning out. A HDTV (preferably 40" or more) is needed to enjoy the sharp picture, and it doesn't look any different from a DVD on lower-resolution sets. Not only this, but the movie itself needs to have been originally filmed with the capacity for HDMI, which is a fairly recent thing. Anybody saying they see a difference without all these factors is either lying, or they're an idiot. But the sale of those has been slower than expected, as many people are unwilling to spend upwards of a thousand dollars to replace their functioning CRT [=TVs=] just for a prettier picture. It doesn't help that many people also feel that Blu-rays are not that significant of an upgrade from [=DVDs=], as much as optical discs were an upgrade from cassettes (many [=DVDs=] hold up remarkably well when "upconverted" to high-definition--most Blu-ray players should be able to play a standard [=DVD=] and in turn "upgrade" the picture quality--but this can be subjective). Another problem is the people that buy HD-TV's and don't realize what to get with it--you need a special connection cable ($20) and you really ought to upgrade your speaker system too ($1000+) because the built-in speakers on any TV just won't cut the mustard.

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Blu-rays were expected to replace [=DVDs=] as the standard home video format, which Sony happily claimed would be a CurbStompBattle, but takeover isn't really panning out. A HDTV (preferably 40" or more) more without sitting very close) is needed to enjoy the sharp picture, and it doesn't look any different from picture - while watching on a standard-definition TV might show a small improvement over DVD on lower-resolution sets. Not only this, but due to the movie downscaling effect, it's largely not worth it. The content itself also needs to have been originally filmed with in HD (virtually all older films qualify due to the capacity for HDMI, which is a fairly recent thing. Anybody saying they see a difference without detail level of 16mm and 35mm film, but older TV series and other content shot or mastered on SD video sadly don't qualify). However, HDTVs are now very common in households, and virtually all these factors current media is either lying, or they're an idiot. But the sale of those has been slower than expected, as many shot in HD. Many people are unwilling to spend upwards of a thousand dollars to replace their functioning CRT [=TVs=] just for a prettier picture. It doesn't help that many people also still feel that Blu-rays are not that significant of an upgrade from [=DVDs=], as much as optical discs were an upgrade from cassettes (many [=DVDs=] hold up remarkably well when "upconverted" to high-definition--most Blu-ray players should be able to play a standard [=DVD=] and in turn "upgrade" the picture quality--but this can be subjective). Another problem is the people that buy HD-TV's HDTVs and don't realize what to get with it--you need a special component or HDMI connection cable ($20) (anywhere from $5 on eBay to $80 for overpriced cables - stick with the cheap ones, there's essentially no difference) and you really ought to upgrade your speaker system too ($1000+) ($400+) because the built-in speakers on any TV just won't cut the mustard.
14th Dec '13 11:58:32 PM dmeagher13
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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however.

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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however.
however, so it will be interesting to see whether gamers will prefer to stick with physical copies or embrace downloading their games over the Internet.
8th Dec '13 6:31:39 PM dmeagher13
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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however.

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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne XboxOne, use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however.
4th Dec '13 5:16:48 PM arnoldmcguire335
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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game, ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=] and ''Tekken Hybrid'' which contains the movie ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'' and two games, ''Tekken Tag Tournament HD'' and a demo of ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 7 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game, ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=] and ''Tekken Hybrid'' which contains the movie ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'' and two games, ''Tekken Tag Tournament HD'' and a demo of ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]
7th Nov '13 6:41:03 PM arnoldmcguire335
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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=]) exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and game, ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=]) [=PS3=] and ''Tekken Hybrid'' which contains the movie ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'' and two games, ''Tekken Tag Tournament HD'' and a demo of ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]
31st Oct '13 10:00:24 PM dmeagher13
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Two contenders in the Eighth Generation of Video games, the PlayStation4 and XboxOne use Blu-ray as their physical storage medium and will support playback of Blu-ray movies, while the Wii U uses a disc format similar-to-but-not-quite Blu-ray to save money. All three also have an emphasis on DigitalDistribution, however.
5th Aug '13 3:41:38 PM arnoldmcguire335
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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first, the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and the upcoming ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first, first (The movie includes the game ''Macross Trial Frontier'' for the [=PS3=]), the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the Blu-Ray release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and the upcoming ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'') Goodbye~]]'' which also includes the ''Macross Last Frontier'' game on the [=PS3=]) exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]
19th Jul '13 7:30:46 AM GhostOfAGeek
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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first, the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and the upcoming ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]

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Currently, a variant of the format, The Blu-Ray hybrid (Movie and a Game in one disk) has just started being available to the public, but as of this writing, only 6 (''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Last Songstress~]]'' being the first, the hybrid versions of ''Film/TopGun'' and ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the PS3 version of the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' video game having 4 bonus P&F episodes on the same Blu-Ray (accessible on the XMB instead of the game menu), the release of ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross: Do You Remember Love]]'', packaged with the ''Watashi no Kare wa Pilot 2012'' video game and the upcoming ''[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Frontier ~The Wings Of Goodbye~]]'') exist and are available in both the west and the east.[[note]]For the ''Macross'' discs, that is "available" for varying values of "available", of course due to the ongoing legal stalemate (and music licensing costs) making any further releases unlikely in the near future. The upside is that BluRay is currently effectively region-free, and even if region locks are fully implemented, Japan and America are in the same region, meaning that Japanese discs are fully compatible with US players and vice-versa.[[/note]]
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