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3 years ago#1
besides playing blu ray, are u missing alot?
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3 years ago#2
Seeing as it wouldn't be good for anything at all other than reading or burning Blu-Ray... No.
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3 years ago#3
There's two reasons to have a Blu-Ray drive in a computer these days:
1) Play Blu-Ray movies
2) If you get a Blu-Ray burner, obviously you can burn Blu-Ray discs.
Other than that, no.
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3 years ago#4
Nope. I don't think any PC video games are released on Blu-Ray at this point, and with digital distribution becoming the norm more and more every day, I'm not sure you'll ever see any PC video games released on Blu-Ray.

And I'm pretty sure you have to purchase special software to even watch Blu-Ray movies on your PC (and have HDCP compliant hardware, which basically anything made post-2007 is).

The only reason I can see to purchase a Blu-Ray drive is data backup, but then you'd need to purchase a burner, not just a reader.
3 years ago#5
If you're a XBMC type person, you could rip your HD movies to disk and then serve them via media server. I plan on doing this for my home theater personally.
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3 years ago#6
From: ajxh | #004
And I'm pretty sure you have to purchase special software to even watch Blu-Ray movies on your PC (and have HDCP compliant hardware, which basically anything made post-2007 is).

You can get OEM bundles which does bring the cost down, also, in addition to having a HDCP graphics card you must also use either DVI-D (with a HDCP monitor) or HDMI.

But basically, the only reason to get a BD drive is for watching BD and maybe burning, that's it.
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