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Sony and Microsoft Exchange Blows Over Blu-Ray

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by Josh Ray on September 30 '05

God, I love it! The battle over the next gen format really heated up yesterday with Sony, creators of the Blu-Ray high capacity disc format, calling Microsoft a bunch of girly men. Microsoft bites back and calls Sony frigid. Such drama!

No one really knows what's going on, but Ars Technica covers the verbal abuse, providing the insight that Microsoft says that HD-DVD is available TODAY in 30GB discs while Blu-Ray's 50GB discs are many years out. More than that, HD-DVD can be produced today on current DVD presses (with only minor adjustments) while Blu-Ray requires all new manufacturing equipment.

My only hope is this is resolved so we don't end up in a DVD-A versus SACD battle again with both formats dying slow and painful deaths. With MS and Intel on HD and a launch much sooner than Blu-Ray, HD seems to have taken the upper hand. Though the PS3 lurks around the corner, so we'll see how this battle shakes out. Of course, the next gen hasn't gone mainstream until we see a tubed transport...right.

Great article. Read it:

Blu-ray fires back at HD DVD camp, Microsoft responds

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