http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/news/?id=14893In what is yet more proof that the next-generation DVD format war really is tied to the video game console space, new statistics from Adams Media Research in Carmel, Calif., as reported by The Wall Street Journal, reveal that the vast majority of HD DVD and Blu-ray players are either PS3s or HD DVD add-ons for the Xbox 360.
Adams Media states that there are currently 695,000 consumers that own a hi-def player of some sort. Breaking that figure down shows that about 400,000 are PS3 consoles, while only 25,000 are standalone Blu-ray players. Additionally, roughly 120,000 standalone HD DVD players have been sold compared with about 150,000 people that have purchased the add-on player for 360.
Some quick math will tell you that almost 80 percent of all hi-def players are game consoles or console add-ons. If either of these formats is to truly become mainstream to replace standard DVD, then that statistic is going to have to change.
http://www.dvdtown.com/news/hddvdpressevent/4256The Consumer Electronic Show starts today, but the HD-DVD camp started early with a press event late Sunday.
They used the event to present sales figures for the format. An estimated 175,000 HD-DVD players (Standalone, XBOX 360 Add-on and Laptops) have been sold from the format's launch until January 5th 2007. When it comes to sold titles, the figure reaches 28 titles per sold player.
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=117Blu-ray software sales have now surpassed HD-DVD for the first time the week of December 24 and they did so by an impressive 20 percent. The sales gap is expected to widen further in 2007 based on research conducted by Twentieth Century Fox and Blu-ray is expected to outsell HD-DVD by a 3.5-to-1 ratio by the end of the first quarter.
Its looking pretty good for Sony right now. Its bound to get better after the ps3 is released in Europe and Australia.