It’s official: Toshiba has called it quits with their HD DVD, and yielded to Sony’s Blue Ray DVD.
TONY VAHL SAYS:
Unlike VHS vs. Beta, it would seem the better technology has
won this time. You could also argue that the guy in the photo should
have used The Point (tm), instead of waving his hand towards a screen.
DAMIAN HOSPITAL SAYS: The final nail in HD DVD’s coffin was when Time Warner decided to go with Sony’s Blue Ray. The bottom line is that it is SO hard to demand an “either-or” market/loyalty from studios and consumers. Yes, the best parallel is VHS vs Beta, no doubt. Looking back through electronics history, that sort of competition is cut-throat and generally “one shall stand, and one shall fall”. Look what happened to Sega’s hardware systems. Now, Sonic and Mario are in the same game, and there are only a HANDFUL of video games that AREN’T ported over on all 3 systems.
For the record, I am not a technophile, and never bought into “higher definition” anything. As someone who is legally blind without my glasses, I’m used to not seeing every pixel. I think it’s all a gimmick anyway. EVERY time a new type of media is introduced, it claims to give you the “movie theater” or “arcade” experience. I simply ride the old media I have until they break, and then I’ll pick up a new technology when the price drops.