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Microsoft unloading remaining HD DVD add-ons for $50

Attention, people who collect obsolete technology -- here's the perfect chance to, um, add some obsolete technology to your collection! While Microsoft recently announced they're no longer producing HD DVD add-on drives for the Xbox 360, they are unloading their remaining supply at a...

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It's official: HD DVD has officially died an official death

We were pretty certain when we first heard the rumors, and we were even more certain when other sources said an official announcement was coming. Now that the official announcement from Toshiba has officially happened, we're officially 100% sure that HD DVD is officially dead. Official! Well, maybe...

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Rumor: Xbox 360 Blu-ray player could be out by May

We've heard over and over and over how a Blu-ray movie player add-on for the Xbox 360 was a distinct possibility if the HD DVD format ended up losing out. Well, now that the Microsoft-supported format seems just one step away from dead, we're hearing rumblings of just how possible that Blu-ray...

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Rumor: Blu ray add-on for 360 if format wins?

Over at Next Generation is an article discussing the possibility of a Blu-ray adapter coming to Xbox 360, should the format's success justify it. BBC News was told by Xbox UK head honcho Neil Thompson that whichever format wins, the Xbox 360 will more than likely provide a solution for it. He goes...

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Stop the format wars! This disc is both Blu-ray and HD DVD!

Warner Bros has announced it will unveil a videodisc next week, dubbed Total HD, that plays in both HD DVD and Blu-ray drives. We've known about this decision since September, when the studio filed a patent for such a disc. (Though the patent mentions embedded DVD, this news report doesn't.) The...

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PS3 will not impact format wars, says Time Warner CEO

The fate of the Blu-ray will not have a big impact by the inclusion of a Blu-ray player in the PlayStation 3, according to Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons. Speaking to an investor conference in New York, Parson called the next-gen DVD format war "unfortunate," remarking that the competing formats --...

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Newsweek: Blu-ray the movie winner

On his Newsweek blog, N'gai Croal explores the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies in relation to gamers. While the Xbox 360 can play HD-DVD with its add-on drive, Croal says that's a non-starter because those sorts of console add-ons rarely sell to more than 10 percent of the base....

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Sony fakes Blu-Ray on VAIO [update 2]

Gadget blog Gearlog posted photos exposing some Sony shenanigans. Sony was recently celebrating the 10th anniversary of the VAIO computer when pesky PC Magazine reporter Lance Ulanoff pushed the eject button on Sony's VAIO AR and out popped a DVD-R with "House of Flying Daggers" hastily scribbled...

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Blue Laser Wars Cont.

Following up on their useful examination of HD-DVD, TeamXbox has published an easy-to-understand run-down of the facts concerning Sony's Blu-Ray (aka Beta-Ray) format. They're even kind enough to summarize their own article: Blu-ray Disc has a higher storage capacity per layer than HD DVD. ...

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HD-DVD vs. Beta-Ray

The MS fans at GamerScore are so confident in the success of HD-DVD they're calling Blu-ray "Beta-Ray": "Price. One company out there has a $1,800 Beta-ray player (no release date) – one that doesn’t even play CDs! For 1,800, you could get a $500 Toshiba player, and about...

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