Blu-ray vs HD DVD: A Recap

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hddvdvsbluray.jpgA few days ago, Engadget posted a concise version of the high definition format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD. It’s a tale of dirty deals, upsets, streams being crossed and big gambles.

At the end of the tale, it tells of the biggest gamble paying off: the inclusion of Blu-ray in the PlayStation 3. This, of course, stirs up the question: “What if Microsoft crammed an HD DVD drive in the XBOX 360?” Where would we be today? I guess this is another one of those “What if” questions which we’ll be left unanswered.

HD DVD Death Fallout

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It’s been over for 12 hours now, but the news keeps rolling in after Toshiba pulled the plug on its ailing format.

While Toshiba may not be adopting Blu-ray “at the moment“, early naive/misinformed/idiotic consumers can find solice in the fact that their HD DVD collection could be viewed on upcoming combo players from LG who have taken it upon themselves to continue HD DVD support. That’s really nice of them. I mean, just because the format’s dead; it doesn’t mean that existing HD DVDs cease to function.

As for you fence sitters, may I recommend the PlayStation 3 as a Blu-ray player? Cnet says it’s a solid choice. Don’t believe they’re credible enough? Why not believe Sound and Vision Magazine then. Whatever you do, be sure to put Planet Earth on your list of Blu-rays to watch.

It’s Over: Toshiba Kills HD DVD

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After a series of mighty blows from retailers and rumors surrounding Toshiba’s inevitable decision; the leader of the red team officially called it quits for HD DVD.

“We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called ‘next-generation format war’ and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,”

Quite possibly the smartest move they could have made for themselves and the high definition movie market.

The Present Is Blu.

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