The Death of HDDVD

Well it looks like the war of the formats has finally finished as of today. The bbc is reporting that toshiba one of major backers is dropping out. [BBC Article]

Toshiba have stated that they will stop production of HDDVD players and recorders so that they can concentrate there efforts in other areas. However they will still supply retailers with players and recorders till the end of march this year and will continue to give technical support to the millions of people that have gone with HDDVD. The death of HDDVD has been on the cards for sometime now with many of the larger movie studios supporting blueray and an ever decreasing presence at retail with major chains like Walmart either removing there HDDVD stock completely or Focusing more on the Bluray format.

Sony’s decision too include a bluray player in there gaming console the playstation 3 also gave blueray a huge advantage what ever the HDDVD camp also supported by Microsoft would like people to have believed.

I for one am glad that this war is over and not just because I am a playstation owner (although it helps :P) It makes things a lot easier for consumers and retailers, Don’t get me wrong in some respects the format war was a good thing. Competition is good as it means cheaper prices and more choice for the consumer and you can be certain that if there was only one of the formats Prices would not have reached the level they are now for a long time.

What i hope now is that the remainder of the film studios still supporting HDDVD will make a swift move to blueray And that prices for bluray players and films will continue to fall and not stagnate.

Oh and some buying advice for those that after seeing this news and wanting to buy a Bluray player. I really would suggest that you buy the playstation 3. Even if your not interested in the games or anything else It is by far one of the best bluray players on the market and is certainly the cheapest on the market.

PS3 Shifts Into Top Gear

Towards the end of november i bit the bullet and shelled out for a Playstation 3 and to put it simply its awsome.

But that’s not really what i want to talk about as such. Today I learnt that Gran Turismo [which if you don’t know, is supposedly the worlds most popular racing game series and is exclusive to the Sony Playstation ] And BBC Worldwide have teamed up and will be releasing 40 episodes of top gear on Grand Turismo TV [GT TV] which is a new feature to be introduced on the playstation network and which will also be able to be used to keep up to date with motoring news which frankly is awesome.

But not only that the test track which is used for the series and is raced on ever week by Clarkson, Hammond and May not to mention dozens of celebrity’s in a reasonably priced car [ not at the same time. Althought….] Will be available to race in Gran Turismo 5.

Now i was already planning on getting GT5 as they are always great but all this has made me very excited for the next version in the series where as before i was only excited.

This sort of thing could really hope shift consoles and i hope other game developers and even sony take notice it will be very interesting to see the numbers when this game is finally released some time in 2008.

Check out this post form qj.net for more info