DVD Format War May Be Over

Just as the battle between PS3 and XBox 360 heats up and with the eruption of the the war of the DVD formats, two new devices are suggesting that the war may be already over.

South Korean LG has announced its dual DVD player, a device that will be able to playback both High Definition DVD formats. An even more practical solution is expected to become available as Warner Bros. releases its hybrid double-sided Blu-ray HD DVD disc. Both solutions to the DVD format dilemma will be showcased at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas starting 8 January.

Behind the rivalry between the two formats lies a struggle to gain control of the entertainment industry as two industries determine the success or failure of a format; the hardware industry and the entertainment industry itself. The manufacturers are split so that Toshiba, NEC, Sanyo, and some others are backing HD DVD; while backers of Sony's Blu-ray discs include Samsung, Dell and Apple. The entertainment industry is split so that Disney and 20th Century Fox have joined the Blu-Ray camp, while HD DVD support comes from Universal. Warner Bros., has turned Switzerland and pledged support to both camps, as its hybrid discs would imply. Behind the war of the insiders, Microsoft has also entered the fray by joining the HD DVD camp.

Sony's Blu-Ray and its success rely on consumer perception of a binary choice, it's either HD DVD or Blu-Ray, a choice which can go Blu-Ray's way when the consumer associates Sony's brand name with the format. If the choice between formats is not such an important issue, consumers may feel more tempted to try the cheaper HD DVD player, which currently comes at about half the cost of a Blu-Ray player.

It will be interesting to study the trends that will arise from this year's CES as they will serve as a first assessment of the DVD format war and although the success of either format is not very important to gamers in itself, the implications of a Blu-ray defeat could determine the future of a console that has shaped a generation of gamers.

Format Comparison

Blu-ray

Disc: 25GB or 50GB
Supporters: Apple, Dell, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony Studios: 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Warner

HD DVD

Disc: 15GB or 30GB
Supporters: Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Sanyo, Toshiba,
Studios: Paramount, Universal, Warner

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DVD Format War May Be Over

So far HD-DVD movies look better than Blu-Ray ones. In the long run I think the format that will be more affordable will win the market. Most people probably won't care which is better if they can't afford it anyway.

DVD Format War May Be Over

Blu Ray's capacity is just overkill for this generation of media. You'll buy the ultra expensive player and it won't even be used to it's fullest until a long time off. And by then the player will be really cheap and you'll feel like a douchebag for wasting all that money. Plus Blu Ray is a stupid freaking name! I hate names that misspell words to sound hip, HD DVD works well because it's a DVD for HD tvs.

DVD Format War May Be Over

One thing overall makes me like the Blu Ray, unless it got cut from spec before final release, is the protective coating. Maximum PC got a hold of one of the discs a while back before anything was released and they couldn't put a scratch on the read side even scraping it across pavement under their foot.

DVD Format War May Be Over

only reason blueray has the coating is because it would be unreadable otherwise... I like HDDVD because it is a lot cheaper and those 15/30GB dics will be pushed over 100. Even though Blue ray is supperior, i believe within 5-10 years this does not matter since there will be technology capable of storing terabytes and a lot faster than any discs making those 2 obsolete.

DVD Format War May Be Over

as it is HD-DVD movies are looking better (so far) and looks like it will be the cheaper format to buy players for and to buy movies for in the long run.Wasn't Betamax better than VHS, wasn't Minidisc better than CD?the main thing with this whole war is gets me is the PS3 being a blu ray trogan, which ever format people favour no nobody can honestly say that the PS3 blu ray is for games and is just Sony trying to push there format which to me does show a degree of desperation...

DVD Format War May Be Over

Well at least using PS3 as a Blu Ray vehicle bit Sony in the ass because it made the console so expensive that nobody wants to buy it. Also there's the fact that the PS3 graphics are nearly identical to 360 except PS3 has slower frame rates, what a great investment!

DVD Format War May Be Over

Catsimboy: "the fact that the PS3 graphics are nearly identical to 360 except PS3 has slower frame rates"Since when?! I HAVE an Xbox360 and I saw the PS3 games working too. The PS3 has far better graphics and physics and is NOT running at slower FPS.I Finished GEARS OF WAR in the 360 and there were few scenes the xbox wasn't strong enough to handle.

DVD Format War May Be Over

to MR Rex. If xbox 360 too slow for you then buy ps3 and pay like 2 times more. sure gears of war had those few scenes where it skipped a little, but look at the graphics there , best to date. ps3 has yet to make something like that

DVD Format War May Be Over

One thing if you havent noticed is that Blu rays has over half of its supporters missing on this topic and its being backed and used as a universal optical format and will eventually have PC games and media being released on it not just for Movies like HD DVD camp is using HD DVD

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