Monday, August 2, 2010

Will my "XXXX" system ever be 1080p/i, Blu-Ray, or/& 3D ready?

Many people think their two year old Window system is Blu-Ray and/or 3D ready check with" to experience high-definition with spectacular realism and 3D depth right from your PC. Download the Cyberlink Blu-Ray & 3D Advisor to find our if adding a Blu-Ray drive means buying a new system or just upgrade with a Blu-Ray Drive.

Foreshadowing: To successfully play HD 1080p on a PC you need the video card, sound card, monitor, and a HDMI cable to all have an HDCP protocol to go with your HDCP player.

System Requirements for Playing 1080p/i:
  • Operating System

    • Microsoft Windows 7
    • Microsoft Windows Vista
    • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later installed
  • CPU Processor Dual or quad core processors recommended
  • System Memory (RAM) 1GiB (minimum), 2 GiB or more is recommended
  • Audio Card and/or Driver supporting HDCP
  • It is recommended that you have one of the graphics cards with the following graphics processor unit (GPU) installed on your computer in order to play DTCP-IP content.
    Intel 965G, G33 graphics
    • nVidia
      GeForce 7800 GTX 512, GeForce 7900 GX2, GeForce 7900
      GTX, GeForce 7950 GX2, GeForce 8400 series, GeForce 8500 series, GeForce
      8600 series, GeForce 8800 series
    • ATI (minimum requirements)
      X1800 series, X1900 series
    • ATI (recommended requirements)
      ATI Radeon HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600, 3800 series
      Video RAM: Graphics card memory requires 256MB or above.
  • Note: We strongly recommend that you update your graphics card driver to the latest version. Graphic Card Memory: We recommend having at least 256 MB of video memory to ensure the smooth playback of DTCP-IP content. Note: If you want to use digital output during DTCP-IP content playback (through DVI or HDMI connection), make sure the graphics card is HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatible. If your graphics card is not HDCP-compliant but has a DVI connector, you can use a DVI-to-VGA converter (or cable) to output the video in analog format. To determine whether your graphics card is HDCP-compliant, please visit the hardware manufacturer's web site.

Apple does not appear interested in HD (Blu-Ray).

Apple could skip Blu-ray discs altogether and head straight to streaming video online, if we believe two reports that have popped up over the past few days. Considering Apple’s history of picking winning technologies, that could signal bad news for Blu-ray. An email exchange between a MacRumors reader and Steve Jobs could indicate that the consumer electronics manufacturer probably won’t be adding Blu-ray disc players to its computing products anytime soon. Likening the Blu-ray format to “high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD” — here’s looking at you, Sony MiniDisc! — Jobs suggested that Blu-ray may soon find itself beaten by “Internet downloadable formats.” Later in the exchange, Jobs wrote that “we may see a fast broad move to streamed free and rental content at sufficient quality (at least 720p) to win almost everyone over.”

Apple's Blu-ray fiasco: the iTunes pending conflict

But that’s not what Jobs is saying. He keeps trotting out the same tired excuse that there isn’t a big enough market in Blu-ray yet. Really? The number of households with Blu-ray players increased 76 percent, to 17 million in 2009. Take off? I think that the Blu-ray horse has left the barn. The elephant in the room is iTunes. The Apple content juggernaut allows you to buy and rent movies, TV shows and music (natch). More importantly, Apple gets a cut of every sale and controls the entire process. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but Blu-ray is on a collision course with iTunes and something’s got to give.

Xbox 360: Stalled at Gate with HD DVD

Blu-ray is likely to be too closely associated with Sony's PlayStation 3, so it's questionable whether Microsoft would want to support the HD DVD rival unless its favoured format entirely fails to set the market alight When Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox 360 at E3 on 2010-June-14, not many people were expecting the company to include a Blu-ray player, and we didn't get it. However, when you look at the specs and $299 pricing for both consoles, the most obvious omission--and the thing that seems to separate the two systems--is that Blu-ray player. Yes, you can nitpick about things like the PS3's free online play vs. the Xbox 360's $50 yearly fee for Xbox Live Gold (360 fans like to say you get what you pay for) and which industrial design is superior (I would argue PS3 holds the edge there). The fact is that now that Microsoft's added built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n) and quieted down the system by redesigning the fans and moving to a 45nm chipset that runs less hot, the core specs and performance are very similar. (Get a full rundown of the new Xbox 360 here). But why no Blu-ray player? Let's start with the obvious. It adds cost to the system. And just as importantly, it doesn't appear as if Xbox 360 gamers have been clamoring for a Blu-ray player, even if the company keeps talking about the 360 as an "entertainment hub." Also, while a few games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy XIII took advantage of Blu-ray's expanded capacity (to the amusement of PS3 fans, the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy came on three discs), by and large today's games can live just fine on a single DVD. Occasionally, we hear rumblings about a potential step-up model with a Blu-ray player for say $50 or $100 more, but it never materializes--mainly, I assume, because the pricing makes Microsoft look bad. An external option, like Microsoft once had with its Xbox 360 HD DVD drive, doesn't work either because it's simply an ungainly solution to a problem Microsoft doesn't want to acknowledge. Speaking of HD DVD, perhaps Microsoft has some sort of weird psychological block when it comes to including a technology that it once bitterly opposed (and lost a lot of money promoting)? Probably not. Even Toshiba, the main force behind HD DVD, serves up Blu-ray players these days. So, why, Microsoft, why no Blu-ray player? Well, aside from the aforementioned costs issues, I'd say Microsoft simply believes, like a lot of other people, that movies should not come on optical discs anymore. And instead of licensing technology from Sony, its archrival--at least when it comes to gaming--it would prefer to have you rent or buy digital versions of movies via Xbox Live. That's all well and good, but for those of us who rent our Blu-rays from Netflix, the only choice is the PS3--or the Xbox 360 and a standalone Blu-ray player.

Xbox's lack of Blu-ray a 'problem' for developers Monday 2-Aug-2010 10:52 AM

Mercury Steam boss Dave Cox told CVG sister mag Xbox World 360 that the problem of studios being unable to compress a full game onto a single DVD will be something Microsoft experiences "more and more" over the next few years. He said: "Microsoft actually sent their tech guys to the studio to see the game and look at [how we're] compressing it, but they said: 'Okay, it's good. You're doing all you can.' "I think it's something Microsoft are going to experience more and more - that they need to help developers overcome the storage problem."

3D Broadcasting: Now DirecTV; Soon allothers

DIRECTV is the first TV provider to bring dedicated HD 3D content to your home. You've experienced it at the theater — a picture so realistic that you feel like you can actually touch the people and objects you're watching. The 3D experience now comes to your living room1. DIRECTV, already the leader in HD, is the first TV provider to bring it to you. Get ready to be blown away. It works; available NOW!

Open Source forced to use HDCP enabled Hardware under Wine?

I really wanted this to be included Open Source, but (as of posting) there is no open source cross-platform support for HDCP. Netflix runs on open source OEM devices (phones, ipad, tons of Blu-Ray and HDTV, and Xbox) just not a white-box x86 or AMD64 system even with certified Hardware.

There is a way (painful yes). Wine can pass Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). Given that buy a Cyberlink license & there you go!