According to EngadgetHD, quoting an article from Reuters, insiders at Toshiba have confirmed that the company intends to formally announce their withdrawal from the HD format war. This news paves the way for Sony’s Blu-ray format to become the standard in what has been a long battle between the two rival factions.
While consumers are the ultimate winners here, many of them have already jumped on the HD-DVD bandwagon and are now faced the question of what to do about their recent investment.
As we recently reported, Amazon.com is offering 150 of their HD-DVD titles at 50% off, which means that if hardware prices take an equally steep dive in price, folks who don’t mind shelling out a few hundred dollars could easily build a decent HD system and library, assuming of course they don’t mind the idea of dwindling title selection in the coming months and years. After all, most HD-DVD players are also excellent standard DVD upconverters which means if you were considering buying a regular up-converting player, a few bucks more for an HD-DVD player may make sense.
On the other hand, now that Blu-ray has emerged victorious, would this be only slightly better than buying a Betamax player?
Let us know what you think – especially if you have already bought an HD-DVD system.