The hi-def movie battle between HD-DVD and Blu-ray is now officially in full swing, and many are no doubt unsure of which format will eventually become dominant. But for Ron Enderle of the Enderle Group
, the end result
is simple: "HD-DVD wins because of the Xbox 360."
Enderle points to brisk sales
of the Xbox 360's $200 HD-DVD drive as a big reason why "there may be as many as ten times more HD DVD players than Blu-ray players in the market by the end of the year." HD-DVD's lower cost, along with support from computer makers like HP and better compatibility with old TVs also help the format's chances, Enderle argues. As for Blu-ray, Enderle thinks the format that was supposed to be buoyed by the PS3 has ironically led to crippling early delays and shortages for Sony's system.
While it's still a bit early to declare a victor in this modern day BetaMax vs. VHS battle, the buzz meter seems to be tilting decidedly towards HD-DVD at this point. Whether the needle will be tilting the same way in a few months is anyone's guess.
Previously: Blu-ray will beat HD-DVD