Blu-Ray wins battle in HD war, collateral damage to ensue?
Looks like Sony’s hellbent making sure Blu-Ray isn’t another Betamax debacle, and Blockbuster’s just given them more ammunition. Blockbuster’s decided to give its support to Sony’s format when their experimental high def DVD rentals turned out to favor Blu-Ray by 70%. That’s party because while most major studios support both formats, some, like Walt Disney (hello Pirates of the Caribbean) are Blu-Ray exclusives. While HD-DVD execs play this down and trump recent HD-DVD releases like “the 40 year old virgin” and “the matrix” trilogy, there’s no denying this’ll be a cause for celebration for Sony adherents.
What this could mean for the PS3 is increased sales, as the mass adoption of the Blu-Ray format (if sustained) may make it easier for the consumer to justify the 600 dollar cost of buying a PS3 as a multimedia entertainment system. On the other hand, with Bl-Ray players starting to creep to the 400-500 dollar range, people just looking for a movie system may opt to buy a standalone player.
Still, this has to be good news for Sony and its beleaguered fanbase, who have endured plenty of scorn for the failure of the PSP to dominate the handheld market (or even dent Nintendo’s supremacy) and the audacity to predict that people would shell out 600 dollars to buy a black multimedia monolith. Maybe Kutaragi had it right all along?