I do feel a bit sad for perking my ears up every time I see the words ‘Blu-ray’ and ‘HD DVD’ mentioned in the same breath. There’s nothing I love more than a good ol’ fashioned format war.
Whilst the HD DVD camp is actually fairly transparent with their sales statistics (recently claiming to have sold 750,000 players), the Blu-ray Disc Association has always been cagey, never actually releasing figures on actual players sold.
The story being bandied about the playground today is that 2.7 million Blu-ray Disc players have been sold in the US so far, but of those 2.7 million? Yep, most of them are just PS3 sales.
In a recent article on Tech Digest, several commenters were outraged that the HD DVD side is counting Xbox 360 external hard drive add-ons, when official Blu-ray players aren’t allowed to count Sony PS3s, which play the HD format. What these Tech Digest readers failed to understand was that the PS3 is predominantly a games console, bought for playing admittedly shite-house games.
External HD DVD add-ons for the Xbox 360 however, were bought for the sole purpose of playing HD DVD discs, so can be counted in the sale figures.
This new ‘milestone’ for Sony, supposedly selling 2.7 million Blu-ray players, thus demands to be taken with a pint full of rock salt.
Of the 5.59 million PS3 consoles sold throughout the whole world, two million of those are reportedly in the US. Using simple maths, if you subtract the number of PS3s from the purported 2.7 million Blu-ray players sold, you’re left with just 700,000 units. That’s just a shade under the 750,000 HD DVD players supposedly sold so far.
That means 74% of US Blu-ray Disc players owned in the US are actually those hulking dust-gatherers, PS3s.
I’m a little intrigued as to why the Blu-ray Disc Association has released these figures mere days after the HD DVD squad announced their amount of players sold – surely people are clever enough to sift through the flour of lies to find the little grains of truth?
Time to look to the other side of the tennis table and see what the HD DVD team can serve up in the next round.
(via Daily Tech)
HD DVD bites back with claims of 750,000 players sold
European Blu-ray Association claims they’ve sold one million discs, owns 73% of HD market
HD DVD owners buy more movies than Blu-ray owners, in Europe at least