February 19, 2008

Time to Buy a PS3?

The big news in the tech section of the blogosphere for some time has been the high-definition format war raging between HD-DVD and Blu-ray. I almost took the plunge on an inexpensive HD-DVD player some time ago but decided to remain on the sidelines until a clear winner emerged. With Warner going Blu-ray exclusive, Wal-Mart announcing that they will only sell Blu-ray, and Toshiba finally indicating that they are stopping HD-DVD production, it looks like we have our winner (I realize that there is still no guarantee that Blu-ray won't be supplanted by downloaded content at some point). Might now be the time to finally take the Blu-ray plunge?

Sony's PlayStation 3 is widely considered to be the best low-cost Blu-ray player currently available. I'm not particularly into video games, but this certainly boosts the appeal of the PS3 for many. For me, it is simply about having a relatively inexpensive Blu-ray player.

I'm one of those people who buys his favorite films on DVD and watches them over and over again. I haven't been buying much of anything since the format war began to wind down, and there are some titles I'd really like to pick up. With Blu-ray emerging as the high definition winner, it seems silly to by standard DVD versions when Blu media is available.

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