Intel, Microsoft to back HD-DVD

By Justin Mann on September 27, 2005, 10:51 AM
Just when we thought Blu-Ray was getting that important first to market advantage and that it may have a better chance of taking off, two of the biggest players around had announced their support of HD-DVD. Intel and Microsoft have committed themselves, and think that the weight of them combined will be enough to sway the market in favor of HD-DVD.

"We have a high expectation of having a single format, and that format is HD DVD," said Intel spokesman Bill Kircos.
There are various reasons cited for the preferences of these companies in choosing, such as Multi-function discs (able to have DVD content on one side that works in 'legacy' hardware), the requirement of movies to be copied to a hard drive, and the potential for more capacity. Blu-Ray will still be able to hit first to market properly starting in early next year, in 25GB and 50GB versions, though Toshiba now says 1Q 2006 will see a 15GB and later a 30GB HD-DVD release. The article mentions that perhaps now people will have to check make sure a title or software package is compatible with their drive before purchasing it, but we have seen statements from various companies such as Sony that they will be producing drives that support both formats. In the end I actually believe the two competing formats will be good for the consumer, and perhaps in a year or so we can all have 100GB backup X-DVDs lying around.

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smtkr said:
I was pretty sure that with Microsoft backing, HD-DVD would win the next format war. With another giant behind this format, I am completely convinced.
CoLD_SToRAGE said:
I think HD-DVD has a bright future. Think about Intel glorifying HD-DVD as part of their VIIV platform, you know when Intel marktet something, they normally do an awesome job of selling it to the General Public, look at the success of the Centrino campaign. As much as i am an AMD man myself, I cant deny the effectiveness of Intel's marketing. Also, if you need a HD-DVD drive to be classed as part of the VIIV platform, which PC manufacturers are not going to go with that? They know how important it will be to customers that their brand new shiny HTPC has that little VIIV logo, or it will just seem like and over priced PC (which they probably will be, but thats another discussion)That instantly means DELL (as well as all other PC manufacturers), as much as it has been in Blu-Ray camp, DELL will have to ship HD-DVD Drives, will there be any point in them trying to support both formats? Especially when intel has chosen its side. What would be funny though, Sony computer division making a HTPC - would have to put in a HD-DVD drive, or not be part of the Intel VIIV platform.Toshiba already has ready for release a laptop with a HD-DVD drive, which is also a DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive. Not heard any such thing from Blu-Ray camp. HD-DVD will be first to market, has familiar terms, has ready support for hybrid discs (Yes blu ray can do them, same as it 'can' be a 50GB dual layer, but right now that has not been displayed in any kind of large production, unlike HD-DVD which can do both reliably)Xbox 360 will ship with a HD-DVD drive at some point, perhaps they will upgrade all previously sold 360's too, mybe just the ones that are registered. That would give the format excellent market penetration. If HD-DVD were to become the standard also, it would be a major major spanner in Sony's works for the PS3. Their entire plan is banking on Blu-Ray becoming the standard format, and 1) The inclusion of the drive for PS3 being a selling point 2) The cost of the drive reducing significantly due to enhanced production in relation to market penetration. If blu-ray is not the standard adopted, sony are left with a console that will not be able to play the majority of HD content (apart from its own movie studio stuff, I doubt they will defect to HD-DVD themselves), the cost of the drives and discs will never reduce that much - meaning they will be making a severe loss on PS3 for a while. Also they will have to support a dead format for the length of the PS3's life (10 years didn't they say?)Massive gamble. Go Microsoft!
ParticleHunter said:
Naw... it's more of the same, it's the same slow-transition from one media type to another... it's like if they were promoting a 800MB CD format when the vast majority of us were still using 650MB ones...Blu-Ray seems more of a logical choice for a technology upgrade... I personally don't like the idea of just having to upgrade my DVD-ROM unit for a HD-DVD-ROM one just for having roughly 3x storage capacity (at its best) and to be able to play 1080i/p content...I think we could have more success with Blu-Ray, but don't take me as some sort of a Sony fanboy... just my oppinion as I'm tired of reading this kind of news and pseudo-improvements in optical media storage... even more if we think all of this improvements come, in some way or another, from the original FMD-ROM specs from Constellation 3D, inc.But... I suppose there's nothing to do with it... we're tied to upgrade the way they want WHEN they want...that's my 2 raw cents hehehe :P
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