Has Blu-Ray crushed HD-DVD?

Toshiba recently announced they are dropping HD-DVD, but will continue to manufacture some accessories and devices, but not for long. This is all due to major movie studios switching to BR-D. However, BR-D is not in the clear just yet, as it will compete with the Internet, where downloading is as easy as using a remote.

Also; Rumors were circulating that Microsoft is set to dump HD DVD and bring out a Blu ray Xbox 360 add-on by as early as May 2008.

Insiders at Microsoft in the USA have told SmartHouse that Microsoft have already configured a standalone Blu-ray player that can be connected to Xbox 360, and that subject to internal marketing and sales approvals, the model could be on sale within 3 months.

The Company has also been said to be working on a built in Blu-ray player, however, insiders are claiming that Microsoft sees the HD format battle moving online with consumers offered 1080p movie and content files as a download, as opposed to having to buy HD or Blu ray devices. If this is true, again, another kick in the face from M$, where future units have better features than previous models. Sony may have re-hashed the PS2 over and over again, but they never added a jump in technology like this.