HD-DVD to win format war this year?
According to market research firm ABI Research, HD-DVD will have the lion's share
of the high-definition media market this year
with 70% of sales, leaving Blu-ray with less than a third of the market.
ABI Research supports this by pointing to the availability and pricing
gap between the two formats. Indeed, the first Blu-ray player is
expected to hit stores on June 25
around $1,000, while Toshiba shipped the first HD-DVD players
on Wednesday for $499. Blu-ray may make a comeback following the release of Sony's
PlayStation 3, which Sony Europe says will be cheaper
than dedicated Blu-ray
players. That being said, Microsoft is rumored
to be cooking up an Xbox 360 HD-DVD player for E3 in
May, so Sony could have a hard time turning the tide back once the
PlayStation 3 comes out in November.