1. Hiatus
2. RIP, Satoru Iwata
3. Let there be Robot Battles
4. Regarding pixel art!
5. 16-bit Star Wars
6. Goodbye, Spock.
7. James Randi Retires
8. More Star Wars on GOG
9. gives you DOS Games
10. Ralph Baer, RIP.
1. Quickie: Impressions June 2014
2. Quickie: Penny Arcade Episode 3
3. Quickie: The Amazing Spider-Man
4. Quickie: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
5. Quickie: Prototype 2
6. Quickie: Microsoft Kinect
7. Quickie: X-Men Destiny
8. Spider-Man: Edge of Time
9. Quickie: Transformers Dark of the Moon
10. Quickie: Borderlands GOTY
1. Musings 45: Penny Arcade and The Gripping Hand
2. Movie Review: Pacific Rim
3. Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph
4. Glide Wrapper Repository
5. Movie Review: Winnie The Pooh
6. Musings 44: PC Gaming? Maybe it's on Life Support
7. Video Games Live 2009
8. Movie Review: District 9
9. Musings: Stardock, DRM, and Gamers' Rights
10. Musings: How DRM Hurts PC Gaming
Main Menu

X-bit labs
The Tech Zone
Twin Galaxies


 Log in Problems?
 New User? Sign Up!

 Apr 05, 2005 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Wired commentary: Discs are Dead

Printer-friendly page Print this story   Email this to a friend
PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft
In the hardware world, Wired's got an op-ed from Robert Capps in which he says that the upcoming HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray fight will only hurt consumers because the future is internet-based delivery.

A few years ago, the future of high-capacity discs would have been guaranteed nonetheless, thanks to high-definition television. Digitizing hi-def video, after all, produces a ton of data, which is tough to move around on networks. That's where compression and bandwidth come in. Both Apple and Microsoft are developing new codecs, compression-decompression algorithms that squeeze hi-def video and then unpack it for viewing. Apple's newest will be the core of the MPEG-4 compression standard and should be released by mid-2005, with the next version of OS X. And Microsoft's Windows Media 9 technology already crammed a hi-def version of Terminator 2 onto a DVD and should continue to improve with new generations of Media Player. A third contender, a codec called DivX, can compress a 20-Gbyte hi-def feature down to as little as 2 gigs, less than half the size of a standard DVD.
Of course he misses the fact that users will still, ultimately, want to hold something in their hand and say "I bought this"; plus, there's the fact that even the best compression still means data loss.

Home :: Share Your Story
Site contents copyright Glide Underground.
Want to syndicate our news? Hook in to our RSS Feed.