Well, the big rumor over the weekend was that Toshiba was throwing in the towel on HD-DVD. Now, as of yesterday morning, Toshiba was denying this, saying they were just re-evaluating their game plan. By this morning, that is not the case.
Toshiba announced today that they are dropping the format. I am impressed by Sony here. Afterall, they got toasted by VHS in the last major format war. And they won while being significantly more expensive than the competing format. And to top it off? They won while not being ready to be on the market, while the opposing format was ready. HD-DVDs already did everything they promised. Blu-Ray on the other hand keeps saying “just wait!” It won’t be fully ready until the fall. So, that’s impressive.
I’ll be curious to see if Microsoft tries to get something set up for a Blu-Ray player like the HD-DVD player they have. I suppose someone other than Sony might be willing to make one. I can’t see Sony doing a deal with Microsoft for it though, since Sony would rather you just buy a PS3.