Originally Posted by Galahad/FLT
It was a totally unecessary format war, Toshiba and Sony should know better. All they achieved was to dilute and ensure both formats didn't get the start that DVD had.
Actually if you ever read the rantings of director Michael (Transformers) Bay, he seemed convinced that M$ involvement in supporting HD-DVD was purely designed to ensure both formats failed & instead esure the success of digital distribution instead-courtesy of M$ of course!
I think it's a mercy the "war" has been a relatively brief one. In the interim I can't see it making too much difference in terms of multi-platform releases on 360/ps3 but in the short term at least it does provide a little extra marketing leverage to the ps3. And dvd playback did the ps2 no harm when it was launched either.