Home Media Magazine is reporting that "Of the high-definition discs consumers bought in the first quarter of this year, 70% were Blu-ray Discs and just 30% were HD DVDs... eight of the 10 top-selling high-definition titles in the first quarter of this year were on Blu-ray Disc."
According to the magazine's research unit, between January 1st and March 31st in the United States, 1,191,830 high-definition discs were sold, of which 832,530 were Blu-ray and 359,300 were HD DVD. This means that, since the launch of HD-DVD in April 2006 (compared to Blu-ray's June '06 debut) 2,137,500 HD discs have been sold. Of this number, 1.2-million have been Blu-ray Discs and 937,500 HD DVD.
The difference in sales could, of course, simply be down to the fact that there are more Blu-ray movies than HD-DVD available. This appears to be at least partially discounted, according to the magazine's findings, "Warner Home Video released The Departed the same day, February 13, on both formats. Between then and March 31, consumers bought 53,640 copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc and 31,590 units on HD DVD (based on studio estimates and Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data)".
So, what does this mean for the gamer? If nothing else, the success of the Blu-ray will incline more studios and content producers to create more content for the format. This in turn will increase demand for Blu-ray players - and this (according to Economics 101) increase in demand will mean more units being manufactured. This will lower the cost of the components - bingo! Lowered cost of PlayStation 3.
As we say, this is the theory. Right now, however, the fact appears to be that one format in the media wars is pulling ahead.