Toshiba announces the death HD-DVD – OFFICIAL

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That’s it, it’s all over.

Toshiba has just announced on their official website that they are no longer going to be developing HD-DVD products

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.

There are now no longer any if’s, buts or maybe’s. The war is over and Blu-Ray has won.

I honestly think this is the best thing that could have happened, now we can all move into the HD world and look forward to some cheap Chinese Blu-Ray players in the coming months.

It seems Sony’s belief in the embedded Blu-Ray player paid off after all.

Source: Official Toshiba Website

Last Updated: February 19, 2008

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Fred

    RIP ……….
    Now its just ps3 vs xbox .

  • baba

    The format war is also over…

    The Wii won πŸ™

    Luckily there is still place for the PS3 and 360 πŸ™‚

  • baba

    Oh my goodness!, I meant the console war on the above reply.

  • PS3 just gained over 360 and we all know it

  • Fred

    Hell , i still cant get myself to talk about the wii on the same page as the 360 or ps3..

  • Abe

    I agree fred, Im still calling it the hula hoop of the modern age!

  • scotty777

    well… thing is… I rate in about 2 weeks (or less) Microsoft will release the all new blu-ray add-on.
    But, alas, Sony might be smart and make Microsoft buy the license to make a blu-ray add on, which sony won’t sell to microsoft because that will get more people to buy the ps3…

    Ahhh… Sony, you heartless barstards

  • Burns ZA

    Scotty, Microsoft could in turn refuse Sony MS OS licenses and thereby kill their computer business. Unlikely on both counts.

  • Abe

    Bluray add on, So which console costs more again?

  • @scotty… and what u reckon that will cost? look at the price for any other stand alone blu ray… is it worth it…? nope

  • Burns ZA

    But they are not holding a gun against your head and saying ‘If you want to play games on our new pc, sorry console, you will have to purchase this Blu Ray player’.
    An HD drive was never a prerquisite to playing games on the 360. So you can can that thinking Abe.

  • read this
    http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13506_1-9874064-17.html

    “Consider this — the Playstation 3 has officially become the only console that’s capable of playing high-def movies and although some may still find some benefit in owning Microsoft’s HD DVD player, it wouldn’t surprise me if they landed in the junkyard in a matter of minutes after Toshiba announces its failure.

    Realizing this, does Microsoft want to look like the loser who doesn’t have the functionality to compete? Even worse, won’t the Xbox 360 suddenly look like the console that may be able to play games, but can’t let you enjoy high-def movies? And now that the PS3 is much closer to the Xbox 360 in terms of price, how many people that are looking for an “in” to the next-gen format would choose Microsoft’s console over Sony’s?

  • Jak

    I totally agree with you ^^^^^^

  • Abe

    Burns your response is so predictable and completely destroyed by evilred.
    Come to think of it whats with you today, normally you are quite partial to both sides, but today you rampaging something terrible!

  • Fox1

    That just some guys opinion. The 360 will continue in the game-whipping department πŸ˜‰

  • Burns ZA

    One of those day I suppose Abe! We all have them πŸ™‚

  • doobiwan

    I think it’s a good day for PS3 sales, but the question will always be whether someone is looking for a games console or a BD player (They won so I’ll concede to tan :p) that plays games.

    Whether the PS3 is finally filling it’s catalogue or not, the damage to its reputation is already done. The 360 is for games, the PS3 is for people who don’t really know what they want. BR is just a Sony greed vehicle. Why? Because all BD players except the PS3 are non-compliant and more expensive.

  • JimBob

    Sour grapes much? πŸ˜‰

  • doobiwan

    @ Jimbob: Yeah, maybe a bit. But it’s an ‘anti Sony format’ thing, not a console thing.

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