For gamers, up until now making a decision about which High-Def DVD solution to adopt has been made mostly by which console you would prefer to own, Xbox 360 or PS3. Microsoft fans will mostly opt for the relatively cheap HD DVD add-on (a snip at £129.99), while Sony-philes will rely on the rival Blu-Ray player built into the PlayStation 3 to play their High-Def movies
But now the battle lines are about to get blurry as a hybrid disc format, Total HD, that works in both types of players is due to be announced by Warner Brothers at next week's Consumer Electronics Show, according to the New York Times.
Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Brothers' home entertainment group, believes the new disc is the ideal way for studios to make their products more widely available without "conceding defeat" for the format they were initially backing.
Warner is also trying incorporate normal DVD playback on its Total HD discs, combining both formats into a single medium - an idea movie buyers planning to upgrade to High-Def in the future will surely appreciate...