Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

Over the last few days, several stores and media producers decided to abandon HD-DVD and now it has been confirmed that the greatest force behind the format has finally given up. The HD format war is over.

Toshiba, which developed the HD DVD format along with NEC then got it acknowledged by the DVD Forum, hasn't made an official announcement yet, but they have already started working on HD-DVD production termination.

According to Reuters, this will cost Toshiba losses in the range of tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars).

On the gaming front, this news might give an additional boost to Playstation 3 sales. Playstation 3 features a Blu-Ray player and Sony has been marketing it as a home entertainment system rather than just a console. Xbox 360 comes with a standard DVD ROM drive and an HD-DVD drive can be sold separately.

Months ago, Microsoft announced that they might release an external Blu-Ray drive for Xbox 360 if Blu-Ray was to win the HD format war.

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Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

"whats the point of Microsoft using a secondary drive?, its not like it will play games, 360's games are only limited to its dvd drive, i would rather buy a separate bray player, or just go with sony."I agree, it's no point in getting a external for the x360. might as well put that money towards the ps3. by the way i do own 360. X360 die? Hardly, if you can open that thick skull of yours maybe you can see both consoles offer very good games. I just hate to see those who have adopted the format early. Finding out HD-DVD bombed.

Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

BluRay and HD DVD both using Advanced Access Content System (AACS)as their DRM. Microsoft and Sony were both partners in the creation of that DRM. So I don't think that was a factor. Unless you consider that the HD DVD format had its AACS keys cracked several times which were and still are circulating.

Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

I could see this from day one, reason? First Sony owns half of the Hollywood studios, Second Blu-Ray just sounds a lot better then HD-DVD, and Third the storage amount and bandwidth of Blu Ray is superior.And no 360 wont die, your dumb, but this will show for the first time higher sales of PS3 over 360 (see latest sales reports for January 08)

Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

Still no one wants an over-priced PS3. I bought a 360 because I want to play games, and I can certainly play more on 360.All the next gen consoles will probably have blu-ray and for much cheaper by then. You fanboys make me laugh.

Toshiba Gives Up On HD-DVD

HD means the end of end user rights, you don't realize it but your supporting something that steals your rights!!How you ask?? Simple, the larger a disk is the more it can hold......but, theres more, this expansion will eventually lead to encrypted discs. Where contents cannot be touched only played because of the nature of blue-ray, if you value your freedom stay against this move.

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