HVD: Is Blu-Ray a waste of time?

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The first time I heard about Holographic Versatile Discs (HVD) was about 2 years ago, I had heard that it was the sleeper technology that was going to rise above HD-DVD and Blu-Ray and win the next-gen disc war. Just to make things clear, HVD’s don’t actually project some sort of 3D holographic image, the name stems more from the technology used on the disc itself.

Well, as we all know, the battle between BR and HD-DVD is over. Blu-Ray won, HD-DVD backed off and things felt simple again. Unfortunately, this is not the case. HVD’s are making a couple of headlines again, reason being that they are offering 150GB discs as a start, with the release of 300GB discs in september and promises of up to 1TB discs by 2010.

So if all this is true and the discs become affordable in not too long, what will happen to Blu-Ray?

Now the issue I see here is that we have to look at Blu-Ray from two different angles. You see, everything has been pretty simple over the last couple of years. If you wanted to watch a movie, it was a DVD. You want to buy a game for your PC, it was a DVD as well. The same goes for other software as well as buying blank discs to make some backups.

Technology is moving too fast, things aren’t simple anymore. Blu-Ray is a great way to move the home movie industry forward. Things would be simple then if all PC games, software and writable discs came out on using Blu-Ray technology as well.

Blu-Ray has barely arrived and it’s going to take a long time for it to replace DVD. Many people aren’t even interested in BR, so what is going to happen when something else comes along? The storage size of HVD’s means that they can’t just be ignored, but I also think that Blu-Ray is a good standard to stick to for media and software for the next couple of years at least.

For your average consumer, technology is confusing enough as it is. Advancements are moving at such as speed now that it is getting very difficult to keep up. When is a standard going to be set? Where do we go from here?

source: arstechnica.com

[Thanks doobiwan for the tip]

Last Updated: June 11, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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