Quick Thought: We keep hearing that Sony will have Blu-ray support in its upcoming PlayStation 3. And various tech pundits and content distributors keep touting that Blu-ray will be the eventual winner in the next-gen DVD battle, due in no small part to PS3′s aggressive future adoption. So, why didn’t Microsoft ship their new game console with an HD-DVD drive as standard (HD-DVD drives for PCs have been on the market since November) and get a leg up on the competition? Remember: Microsoft has publicly announced that they back HD-DVD as their high-definition DVD format of choice.
At this point in time, it probably doesn’t mean much; but wait until PS3 launches and high-definition DVDs start hitting the market. Then we’ll see if Microsoft regets its decision. I’m guessing they will — Big Time. Note: There’s been rumors that Microsoft will eventually release an HD-DVD version of the Xbox, but it seems a little too late if they want to capture a large chunk of the market for their preferred format. What do you think?
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