Netflix goes Blu-ray only, gamers continue gaming

Destructoid only aims to run this story as a public service. While the rest of the world is blu in the face from arguing about their HD format preferences, we continue to frag, level grind, and dominate leaderboards.

When you do stop gaming to click your Netflix picks, you’ll only have Blu-ray titles listed as choices for high definition movies. The online movie rental service has just announced that they will phase out HD DVD movies, and the format will be dropped completely by the end of the year.

“We’re now at the point where the industry can pursue the migration to a single format, bring clarity to the consumer and accelerate the adoption of high-def,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“Going forward, we expect that all of the studios will publish in the Blu-ray format and that the price points of high-def DVD players will come down significantly. These factors could well lead to another decade of disc-based movie watching as the consumer’s preferred means.”

Wouldn’t you love to have read this news before picking up a price-dropped Xbox 360 HD DVD player last week? You didn’t, did you?

While some of us may never look at our PS3s as movie players, it’s good to know that some may eventually find value in its playback capability as the Blu-ray format gains popularity and support.

Do you think Toshiba and the few HD DVD format supporters are on their way to giving up? Do you care? 


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