Historically, Sony isn’t known for winning format wars. I doubt too many people listen to their Super Audio CDs while browsing their Betamax collection, especially since a lot of those movies are on the wildly popular UMD format now. Sarcasm aside, a Sony format actually seems to be doing pretty well this time around, but will it stick around?
According to a post on Games Industry, Sony has officially stated that the company is already winning the hi-def format war. In a study recently released by Nielsen VideoScan, provider of VHS and DVD format sales, Blu-ray is outselling HD-DVD by quite a large margin and is rapidly catching up in lifetime sales. Blu-ray sales taking off as they have could make a huge difference in this generations console wars.
One of the biggest selling points of the PS2 was that it doubled as a DVD player, and that same concept could work well for the PS3. In fact, the PS2 DVD player is often attributed to its overwhelming sales. It’s still very early in the game, but if Blu-ray carries on like this, HD-DVD may be in trouble.