Posted September 30 2006 - 04:36 AM
| Originally Posted by ppltd |
I don't believe either that non gamers will put either the PS3 or XBox on their list for HD viewing, but, as strange as this year has been in sales, I guess nothing would surprise me. Bottom line, sometime in February, we should actually start seeing sales numbers that may give us some real data on which HD system will survive. I think it will be both.
I think you'll be surprised. My generation(Gen X) and younger are very tech savvy, having grown up in a world of consoles, VCR's, computers, cell phones, internet and such. Unlike earlier generations I strongly suspect that we'll make the adjustment to a new format fairly quickly.
Remember, we grew up in a world of disposable formats: Cassette -> CD -> MP3, Atari -> a dozen others, 80286 -> Pentium X, Broadcast TV -> VCR -> DVD. Even phones have changed dramatically for us. We've *always* bought things knowing that in a few years it'll be replaced with something better, this is no different for us.
We never grew up in a world where you bought something a kept it for many years, and replaced it with the same thing. We're the children of the marketing machine.
So, I strongly suspect that more than a few people will either outright buy into the format, or rationalize a console to buy into a format, as HDTV is right up our buying pattern alley.
IMO, the adoption rate of HD video will be equal to or greater than DVD. Heck, HD video's already generated as much buzz as DVD did.