The high-definition war is about to heat up. Although the general public has been pretty hesitant to buy anything so far, both Toshiba’s HD-DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray format have begun to roll out a steady stream of releases with the hopes of winning over consumers. However, a key element to the race has been missing up until this point: the Playstation 3. Sony is hoping that this next-gen gaming console will be able to covertly plant a Blu-ray player in living rooms across America, helping give them the edge. And if it wasn’t obvious that the PS3 is an important part of their Blu-ray strategy, they’ve confirmed it this week with the announcement that the first 500,000 Playstation 3 units will come with the Blu-ray release of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Unrated). This is similar to the PSP bundle released last year that included a UMD version of Spider-Man 2 (and we all know how well those UMD movies sold as a result).
On the flip side, however, an HD-DVD add-on for the X-Box 360 will be released in mid-November with a reasonable retail price of $199 US. It will come bundled with the HD-DVD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Will Ferrell versus a giant gorilla? I’ll take Kong in this one. I mean, high-def is really all about the special effects movies… who cares how pretty Will Ferrell looks? As for the larger battle, however, it’s still a little early to call. I do think Toshiba has another good idea with their Combo Format HD-DVD releases (they include regular DVDs as well). Anyone out there want to make predictions?» Related Link: The Man Room DVD News