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(Shadowlocked)   5 things you need to know about the Wii U, including 50 launch titles   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Wii U, Wii, New Super Mario Bros., Arkham City, external hard drives, Just Dance, launch windows, graphics cards  
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4638 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Sep 2012 at 9:58 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-16 07:34:44 AM  
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jat26006: Fail without Blu-Ray

I can't understand this.

You're 95+% of the way to having Blu-Ray, and won't pay the extra few dollars to get the CODEC licensing?

This is why I hate proprietary, closed stuff. Someone either puts in the effort to deliberately stop something from being done, or doesn't give you a simple paid update path. You then have to buy ANOTHER hardware box despite the fact that you have a piece of hardware sat right next to it that just needs a bit of software to work. You see it with all these boxes for TV. An Apple TV will give you services X and Y. A Roku will give you Y and Z. A PS3 will give you X and Z.

Look at the iPad. Pretty soon, v1 stops being supported. That probably means no security fixes. You can't go to Apple and buy the latest iOS for it. It's basically bricked as far as online use is concerned. And this is going to be the trick with all of these boxes. You'll buy this year's box, it'll do something, then they'll roll out next year's box, do an update for a new feature, and you won't get it in the one you bought. You'll have to buy a new box.

I'm building a media center soon because EVERYTHING works on Windows. Lovefilm, iTunes, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, MP3, MKV, AVI, DVD, Blu-Ray. It all farking works, and when something else comes along, it'll farking work with that too. At worst, i'll have to buy a new Windows license, or a new thing to plug into a card slot.
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