The hi-def movie battle between HD-DVD and Blu-ray is now officially in full swing, and many are no doubt unsure of which format will eventually become dominant. But for Ron Enderle of the Enderle Group, the end result is simple: "HD-DVD wins because of the Xbox 360."
Enderle points to brisk sales of the Xbox 360's $200 HD-DVD drive as a big reason why "there may be as many as ten times more HD DVD players than Blu-ray players in the market by the end of the year." HD-DVD's lower cost, along with support from computer makers like HP and better compatibility with old TVs also help the format's chances, Enderle argues. As for Blu-ray, Enderle thinks the format that was supposed to be buoyed by the PS3 has ironically led to crippling early delays and shortages for Sony's system.
While it's still a bit early to declare a victor in this modern day BetaMax vs. VHS battle, the buzz meter seems to be tilting decidedly towards HD-DVD at this point. Whether the needle will be tilting the same way in a few months is anyone's guess.
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