If you own a desktop PC at home it is likely that you will mainly use it for occasional work tasks, surfing the net, checking emails, Skyping friends and family, playing computer games and watching films. Manufacturers build their consumer PCs to cater to these needs and you will find that most desktop PCs will be built with suitable graphics cards and sufficient memory for you to enjoy these things.
As more of us turn to digital storage methods like computer hard drives and cloud storage services there is becoming less of a requirement to keep physical copies of our films and music collections in formats like CDs and DVDs. In fact, some manufacturers now offer a range of computers and laptops that no longer come with an optical drive simply because consumers today find little use for them.
One recent format, the Blu-ray disc, has arguably hindered the progression towards a totally digital collection of films and music. Blu-ray discs have a storage capacity that is far greater than that of a regular DVD and this enables them to store and playback high definition film. Since high-definition film requires 50GB of storage space for a feature-length movie then it is easy to see why storing them on a hard drive that only offers a 500GB to 750GB storage capacity is not really viable. Although you could invest in an external hard drive for an additional terabyte of space it would cost you around Â£150.
If you want to watch Blu-ray discs on your PC you can purchase a PC Blu-ray player for around Â£30. In addition a Blu-ray writer can be bought for around Â£100 and if you have suitable broadband in your home it is also possible to stream live media from your desktop PC to your home cinema set-up. At the moment streaming and downloading high-definition film to your PC requires a very quick broadband connection as well as sufficient memory. However, as advances in technology enable us to download and store more formats digitally it is likely to be only a matter of time before the Blu-ray disc is replaced by a solely digital format.
Some manufacturers have already predicted the move to a digital film collection and there are a range of games consoles, players and TVs that are now able to access the internet via your Wi-Fi connection and download rented or purchased games, music and films as and when you need them without even needing to leave the comfort of your own home.
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