Unless you've been living under a rock or you're technophobic, you've heard of the new video format war coming up that will rival the days of Betamax vs. VHS until VHS won out.
This May Toshiba is coming up with HD-DVD, the next medium succeeding DVD.
Projected to come out in fall 2006 (hopefully) will be Sony's development Blue-Ray.
Both were developed independently by the two giants and employ a BLUE LASER capable to creating discs with vast memory capable of TRUE high defintion quality, interactive features, and more video time than ever before. Your $5000 HD TVs will finally serve a purpose now.
The formats are NOT intercompatible. There will be separate players for both machines.
Sony's Playstation 3 (postponed till 2007) WILL be a Blue-Ray player.
Major studios are already tied to both formats, and they are stable. There is no predicting which will win.
HD-DVD has almost a year long head start, but Blue-Ray is the better disc as it holds more data.
But this is not a gurantee for either format.
Betamax was technically better quality than VHS in the 80s, but VHS still won.
HD-DVD players will be around $500 when they are released this May.
The Blue-Ray players will sell for around the same amount, the Playstation 3 will be around $800.
Who will win?