Our friends at Engadget Japan (English link) were able to live blog a press conference that ended a few hours ago where Toshiba president Nishida-san officially confirmed
earlier reports that HD DVD
had fallen for good in the console war. During the conference a lot of numbers were dropped on the overall impact of the HD DVD format, but instead of just dolling out the info like we've been doing all week long we thought we would write a letter to our downed friend and tell him how we really felt.
Dear HD DVD,
Hey, it's everyone here at X3F. So you had a
run in the high definition format war and it didn't go the way you hoped. Now, like all those ET cartridges buried in the desert, you've found a new home padding Nevada for some kind of future nuclear test. Take solace in the fact that you have around 730,000 HD DVD players worldwide taking up space in homes like an overweight passenger who has to buy two seats on a United flight. Our fans made up for 300,000 of those units by way of the Xbox 360 add-on and while we here at X3F tried to give you as many shout-outs
as possible it just didn't look like you were getting on anyone's good side
It's funny, this whole thing really has nothing to do with video games but we keep talking about you. Maybe it's because of the whole Xbox 360 add-on thing or maybe we're just trying to ignore the fact that a new optical format in the age of digital distribution makes about as much sense as controlling an escalator with a chicken-n-beef burrito. So will Toshiba start making Blu-ray players or begin work on a new format? They won't say. What we know for sure is that somewhere Michael Bay
is licking the sweet tears off of an HD DVD owner's face while pumping a fist to the sky crying for the head of Mr. Bill Gates. Wow, that rhymed! We're poet's and we didn't even know it! Nice, two for two.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 3)
2-19-2008 @ 11:35AM
May your Soul rest Eternally. It was a good Run and the Better format alas not meant to be.
2-20-2008 @ 9:39AM
HD DVD tried to do it the right way, but "the right way" got ass-rammed by marketing. Again. As usual.
It's no coincidence that dual format owners generally preferred HD DVD.
Oh well. I'm sure I'll be ok, I can find something to take solace with...
::strokes Band of Brothers HD DVD set::
2-19-2008 @ 11:36AM
"Michael Bay is licking the sweet tears off of an HD DVD owner's face"
More like licking the tip of Blu-ray's c**k...
2-19-2008 @ 11:40AM
LOLOLOLOL...blu-ray's c**k ahahahaha
2-19-2008 @ 12:05PM
Mr Cool said...
2-19-2008 @ 1:27PM
Oh damn, that was funny.
2-19-2008 @ 11:42AM
And in other news, the Xbox 360 looks more and more like an over priced no HD drive RROD piecer.
Sure see a lot of "I hope they make a Blue Ray add on quick" in the post comments all over the net...Suckit xboys, you dont deserve one. You vehemently protested BR.
2-19-2008 @ 11:48AM
you're an idiot...
2-19-2008 @ 12:23PM
What are you doing here troll? Blu ray is backed but not owned by Sony. Voted down for ignorance. Not everybody has an hd player yet ... not me anyways.
2-19-2008 @ 1:29PM
I don't want a BluGay add-on. I'll stick with standard DVDs and upscale.
2-19-2008 @ 11:46AM
Good night HD DVD. Good morning Blu-Ray.
I've never been on either side of the format war...so I don't care much. I just don't like giving Sony a victory...lol
Blu-Ray add-on for the Xbox 360!!!
2-19-2008 @ 11:52AM
now all that needs to happen is Blu-ray needs to match the interacivity of HD-DVD and we're good.
2-19-2008 @ 8:06PM
Don't worry. I think there are 10 more BluRay spec revisions in the pipeline to make sure they obsolete everyone's player atleast once.
2-19-2008 @ 11:53AM
Oh cmon DIEGO!
This site and joystiq did nothing but mock the inclusion of a BR drive for the last year +....
I think a little victory dance is deserved, no?
Everyone calling for a BR add on all of which mocked its inclusion in the PS3..
Dont hate the player hate the game! And learn to cry by yourself at night as the 360 turns into the Dreamcast 2..Once again MS has bonered a product.
2-19-2008 @ 12:16PM
So because HD-DVD, to which the 360 is/was only connected by a single accessory and weak support from its father, has failed, the 360, which is currently the market leader and console of choice for video gamers, is suddenly going to fail too? That's some funny logic you've got there...
2-19-2008 @ 1:41PM
Microsoft bonered a product? -that whooped your product's as so hard it had trouble sitting down. Sure, Playstation 3 might come up in the next year and sell tons o' tons of consoles but Microsoft is already able to start development on 3 whereas Sony needs to see a sizable profit before they will lay waste to Playstation 3.
How 'bout them apples?
2-19-2008 @ 8:11PM
I think they're mocking the forced inclusion. Can't see the difference? It's the difference between a car company that forces you to get leather seats and a sun roof VS one that lets you pick if you want to spend the money or not. Don't think that the PS3 BluRay player is free with purchase. It's a mandatory add on... one that some people would rather have left out and kept their money.
2-19-2008 @ 11:57AM
Its a tragedy that big business decided the format war and not the consumer.
Its good for Xbox though...now Microsoft can integrate Blu Ray into the 360 and kick Sony to the curb! LMFAO!
2-19-2008 @ 11:59AM
Ya know, I loved my 360 Premium launch console...Didnt have any problems, no fan noise, however my disc drive vibrated like a corksucker making in abnoxious for movies..
Upgraded to the sexiest looking console out, the Elite..
Got screwed by the games transfers...Fan made a terrible whining noise far offsetting the disc tray...Power cord was barely making a connection into the back of the 360/ would cut off / on...
Basically MS made a half baked console...Didnt even have HDMI included for the love of....
However, I still miss my xbox live / gui / and the controller is one of the best ever made (except the dpad which is very gay for arcade games)..Trumps the suxaxis...
Had to abandon ship due to shotty hardware and expensive propriatary addons....
Anyone need a white wireless donge? I still have mine lying around somewhere...
2-19-2008 @ 11:59AM
Well i gotta go buy a ps3 now good job toshiba and ms you left me no choice assholes.
Nah seriously the days of optical media are over.And for the time being dvd will continue to sell especially now that theres quality upscaleing who needs bluray?