This is a war of 2 formats, that are nearly identical. Sure bugs are being worked on for both. But because the techno. is so much the same, I cant see why dual players will be the norm in 2 years.
This format war reaks of the DVD+R/DVD-R resolution.
Is a HD-DVD disk and a Blu-ray disc really that diff? NO. Sure material, encoding, reading may be somewhat different. But is this really that advanced techno? NO. What this is is but an upgrade (though very good one) to the DVD format.
These are nice disks that spin, and in my eyes the techno. only needs to move foward 2 steps, and both of these formats will be playable on one player.
Even if blu-ray 'wins', there will still be quality dual players that can play most of your HD-DVDs. Look at the numbers---even if blu-ray is selling more than HD-DVD...its not a crazy amount. Even if hd-dvd 'loses' it cant really lose because the slight upgrade in a next gen player will play those dics.
This is not a HD-DVD vs a blu-ray crystal----one doesnt need a hd-dvd player and a kryptonian Ion Beam. Hell they both need a frickin blue laser?
Deep down the smart corporations know that dual compatibilty is in the future. So why the format war? Because it makes you buy right now BOTH players, It makes these systems affordable to more people (you dont think competition cant be beneficial to everyone!, heck maybe more to the companies).
The PS3 drives part of this of course. See if you buy a stand-alone HD-DVD or blu-ray player---you kind of know the risk you are taking---and will ungraciously except the outcome. With the PS3 these kids want this all-in-one magic entertainment system. And I can understand that.
The problem is they shelled out all this goshdarn money, and many cant afford a xbox or a 360 addon (a partially separate format war). Its a great system, and has potential....but in this century the all-in-one doesnt last long.
Your favorite movies are THE THING and SPIDERMAN, and why do you need to players to play it!!!! OHHH the frustration.
I promise you people, dual players are the future. If HD-dvd no longer survives as a major stand alone....Their will be millions of disks laying out there. How many people wouldnt pay an extra $90 to have their blu-ray player with hd-dvd compatiblity......I though so.
When good dual players start hitting in spring 09 for $400-$600 dollars---the formats will live and the war will be dead.
But by then everybody will be sucking sand to get HDMI 1.6---which allows your hi-def player to have compatiblilty for text messaging (OH MY, WHY NOT SPEND THE EXTRA $200 DOLLARS FOR THIS FEATURE)
How do you think the backstreet boys sold so well? How can limp bizkit be made and broken in a matter of months?
In the age of the internet and 40year old boys, this format war is beautiful to the corporations. I first learned of hd-dvd and blu-ray by people fighting over the ps3-xbox 360. Now in the last 6 months---this has caused me to purchase a player and a HD TV. You want a game system...you will be lead into the format war. You get into the format war....well if you dont have a HDTV then you will need one right? IT gets you caught up in something that is a matter of months old. Hell I bought a sony 50" a2020 a few days ago and a toshiba a2 player. Toshiba sells a player and sony sells a TV.
Hell the format war was probably intentionally started with video gamers purely for the fact the people are going to be buy HDTVs (because if you have a CRT and want to get a PS3 you are a jacka$$, are you not?)
LOL just playing around guys, but please note some of my valid points.