R.I.P. HD-DVD

It’s official, Toshiba has backed out of the HD war leaving Blu-Ray the clear winner. This should come as no surprise to anybody who was lured into buying an Xbox 360 DVD player by the offer of 5 free HD-DVDs. As a general rule; if it sounds too good to be true, it is. I’m one of those people and I have no hard feelings, now comes the wait for the death of HD-DVD to proliferate through the industry and ensure low, low HD-DVD prices for those of us who can appreciate our limited collection for years to come.

Of course, I also own a PS3 and thus a Blu-Ray player so the outcome of the HD-DVD format war was moot to me.

One particularly striking thing about the article listed above is the statement that Toshiba will continue to supply HD-DVD players until the end of March. Why? No sane consumer would even consider buying an HD-DVD only player and even selling a product that is completely obsolete is unfair to insane consumers. Fair enough if they’re dual-format players but otherwise I find it somewhat confusing.