Did you replace all your DVDs with Blu-rays a few years back? And did those DVDs replace your childhood VHS? Do you already own Scarface on three different formats?
If you’re one of those people who just has to have the latest thing as soon as it comes out, prepare to do it again. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are launching on March 1, in the US at least. The new discs can hold twice as much information as a regular Blu-ray (100GB instead of 50GB), and be able to show films in a much higher resolution and at up to 60 frames per second. And yes, you will need a new player to watch them on. So far the only confirmed launch titles are from Lionsgate, and are limited to Sicario, The Last Witch Hunter, Ender's Game and The Expendables 3, which isn’t the strongest line-up in the world. Sony and 20th Century Fox are also on-board, Life Of Pi, The Maze Runner, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ghostbuster and Pineapple Express amongst the films apparently on their way. Amazon is currently listing disc for around $30.
But surely physical formats are a thing of the past, right? Isn’t the future supposed to be Netflix, Amazon, HD streaming and the Cloud? There will always tech fetishists who had the highest quality thing available, but you might want to save your cash rn to see if it goes the way of HD-DVD and Betamax before you splurge on the format.
[via Den Of Geek]