Not exactly a video game question, but does anyone here have experience with the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive? It's kinda tempting... HD DVD, King Kong, and remote for 2 bills... If you've got one, what's your opinion of it: is the pic that much better, etc.
Well some basic facts is that blu-ray players are in canada $1300 while HD players are half that. In theory a blu-ray disc has a higher capacity per layer than HD (I think 25gig/layer) so presumably it can have a higher bit rate reulting in better image quality. However, dual layer HD discs are 30gig in size and while a dual layer blu-ray disc would be fifty gigs, these dual-layer blu-ray discs end up being coasters on the assembly line as there are having many problems creating dual-layer blu-ray discs. As a result, HD discs for the moment have more capacity than blu-ray discs. HD DVD use a superior compression and encoding method which results in superior image quality and sound while blu-ray discs are still encoded in mpeg-2 resulting in picture quality that is no different than DVD quality and sometimes worse. The sound is also worse on blu-ray discs than HD-DVD because of the encoding methods again. Right now HD DVD is vastly superior while blu-ray is full of problems which could lead to the demise of the PS3 as Sony opted for the wrong format as it stands now.
I know some HD DVDs also have the DVD version of the film on one side. Is this widespread?[/QUOTE]
It's not widespread, but it is becoming more common. I don't think Blu Ray is able to do this without problems, so it is another tally on the board for HD DVD.
They're called hybrid discs and will be the death of blu ray since many people who still use regular DVD can start building their HD collection and whenever they get a HD player, they can just flip their DVD's over instead of re-buying their favorite movies, like VHS movie collectors had to.