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360 vs PS3 – disc formats |

In a report supposedly by Jason Kraft and Chris Kwak of Susquehanna Financial Group, they look at the Xbox 360 and the PS3 with respect to their storage formats.

They note that the PSOne won over the N64 partly because its CD format had a 640MB capacity vs the N64 cartridge’s 128MB. In the current generation, the PS2 and Xbox formats were the same (DVD), so other factors were used to differentiate the systems.

The next generation of consoles use Blu-ray and DVD drives, in the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively. For some reason, the article liked to compare the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD, which the Xbox 360 doesn’t have. It also mentioned the Blu-ray media’s higher price as a negative against the PS3. But you know, PS3 games don’t have to come on BD discs! My guess is that if a game fits on a single DVD, they’ll publish the game on a DVD. If multiple DVD’s would be required, they’ll publish on a BD instead.

Then Joystiq goes on to say that the report missed out on discussing the Xbox 360’s HDD. Well, Joystiq missed out on the fact that the PS3 will have an HDD too!

Joystiq – DVD format matters: Xbox 360 VS. PS3

  • Josh

    A small correction here… the N64’s largest capicity cartridge was Resident Evil 2, at 512 Megabits, which is only 64 Megabytes. Most games were 8 – 16 Megabytes!! This was a major factor in N64’s loss to the PS1, but possibly even more important was manufacturing costs of cartridges vs. CDs. It was much riskier for publishers to produce expensive cartridges as opposed to cheap CDs.

  • Good point. Cost is currently one of the big things Toshiba is selling about HD-DVD vs Blu-ray.

  • Jordan

    I wouldn’t be suprised if many games are released on BD even if they are small simply to reduce piracy.

    One technique that SHOULD be used is to bloat the data as much as possible (ie, hash code and require checks every second). 50GB of data would be difficult to pirate online and BD recorders will be scarse.

  • Never thought of that. I guess some publishers would take the cost trade-off if it means less piracy.

  • oly1kenobi

    wow this old enough for me to post and get points?

  • oly1kenobi

    BD to prevent piracy.. def has stopped me from piracy

  • oly1kenobi

    not that i would..