When it comes to the high-def format war I don’t think there is much arguing that Blu-ray is emerging as the clear winner. Within the last week Netflix announced that they are starting to phase out HD-DVD’s from their rentals, and then shortly following them Best Buy said that they will start recommending Blu-ray to their customers.
Walmart is hot on the heels of everyone else announcing on their blog (yes, apparently even Walmart has a blog) that they will be selling Blu-ray exclusively by June:
By June Wal-Mart will only be carrying BluRay movies and hardware machines, and of course standard def movies, DVD players, and up convert players. Not sure of the short term pricing plans, but history tells us that as more people move to a new technology prices typically go down.
I can only imagine that the PS3 sales will now pickup quite rapidly since Blu-ray has become the obvious winner. The PS3 actually looks pretty cheap when you compare it to the price of the existing Blu-ray players out there, but the movies are still so much more expensive than regular DVD’s that I don’t think I’ll become an adopter quite yet.
What’s it going to take for you to jump on the high-def bandwagon, or have you already adopted one of the technologies?