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Hybrid players due early next year

With no foreseeable happy ending to the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war, NEC has done us all a favor today by shipping a chip that is compatible with both formats.

According to Reuters, "the chips go on sale for 10,000 yen ($84), roughly the same price as NEC Electronics' chips which read only Blu-ray or only HD DVD formats." Players incorporating the new chip will be available sometime early 2007, reports AkibaNews.

While we now have silicon to rule both formats, the optical pick-up lens capable of reading both HD-DVD and Blu-ray is still currently in development. Until such a hybrid pick-up becomes reality, dual-players must utilize two separate lenses, which no doubt drives up costs.

A NEC spokesperson commented that a hybrid chip and optical pick-up would likely make up more than half of the cost of a player.

Developments to bridge the gap between the two warring formats isn't exclusive to hardware. Warner recently filed a patent outlining plans of a hybrid-disc that will be compatible with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray by means of layering one format on top of the other.



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RE: Go Dual
By rushfan2006 on 10/11/2006 4:54:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm basically with you.

After reading through much of this flaming back and forth on which format is "uber"...I just find it fascinating a bit how people debate so strongly over such trivial things. Its amazing.

I mean basically every person hollering for blu-ray in this post is acting as if they get all the royalties if it does well and the same is true for the folks on the side of HD-DVD, I just don't get it.

Buy what the hell you like. In the end I'm absolutely convinced that the vast majority of the blu-ray folks will ONLY by BR and the same for HD-DVD....so its not like anyone is swaying someone's buying decision either.

In the end again, just buy what the hell YOU want...its your money after all, not some screaming punk kid on a internet forum telling you that you are stupid for going with one format over another.


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