The Sony PlayStation 3 isn’t only a powerful piece of gaming
hardware; it’s also one of the best Blu-ray Disc players currently on the
market. PlayStation 3 owners are well of this fact, and may likely be using the
console as a part-time HD movie player.
Following the North American release of the PS3 in November
2006, Blu-ray movie sales surged significantly
– making up for ground lost to the more economical HD DVD standard. A similar
trend is now occurring in Western Europe, where the PlayStation 3 launched on March 23.
According to data from the Blu-ray Disc Association, as
cited by Pocket-lint,
HD DVD comfortably outsold Blu-ray Disc up until the launch of the PS3. In the
week immediately after the console’s European launch, Blu-ray discs accounted
for almost 87% of all HD disc sales, and not since trailed HD DVD sales.
Recent weekly figures from Europe put Blu-ray sales three
times greater than that of HD DVD, with the now-leading format accounting for
64 percent of the total volume in 2007. The quick turn of the tide, however,
reflects how easily it is to sway favor in a still relatively small niche
quote: For most americans only america exists... or matters. Sad but true.
quote: I dont know why electronic things are so expensive in the UK, we seem to get the raw end of the deal.
quote: Your statement is even more egregiously parochial than was his
quote: Thanks for proving the point that most Americans, believe that they are the only people that matter.
quote: As the 200$ hd dvd stand alone players hit walmart this summer watch things swing the other way
quote: According to data from the Blu-ray Disc Association ...
quote: I'm like dice1111, I'm just waiting for a player to play both formats for under $300; I'll just be waiting a long time.
quote: I'd figure the companies would just choose one format and go with it and not bother to produce the opposite. Wouldn't they just have to pay one royalty if they did that?
quote: HD is still not nearly as big in europe as it is in the US and i'll be surprised if that changes in the immediate future.
quote: Can't you put some sources on that though?