Originally Posted by Grubert
However, nobody knew if gamers would buy movies. It could have gone either way.
And still might, if a lot of good games are released and games devote their budget to game-buying.
This will be interesting.
-edit: I've added the sales info to the omnibus release calendar/distilled news thread. It's on post 4
Clearly, some gamers are buying movies, and one can see that there are enough disc being sold to put BD firmly in the lead, (no matter how one defines it). Yet at the same time, BD isn't outselling HD DVD by 10:1 or 20:1. It's a more mild 2:1, which is about the lead HD DVD had held before.
Previously some people predicted that gamers wouldn't buy movies, while others predicted that the PS3 would come in and blow HD DVD away.To me it doesn't look like either of those things happened. It looks like it fell somewhere inbetween. The deluge of PS3 demand has came, and a bunch of sales in a short period of time have occured, and that was enough to give BD the lead, but it didn't deliver a knock out punch.
I had thought we would know for sure who would be the format winner after the release of the PS3. Either BD would outsell HD DVD by a lot, or gamers wouldn't buy games. It turns out, we still don't have a winner. BD has taken back the lead, but it's not an insurmoutable lead. It's about the same lead that HD DVD had only a few months ago. And adoption levels are still low enough that we can expect some volatility. HD DVD needs to do something different and big if they want to get the lead back.