We all saw this one coming, right? In the battle of the next-generation high-definition format, Toshiba's HD DVD's primary selling point was always its relative affordability. Now that HD DVD is out of the running, that whole free-market thing isn't doing much to drive down the price of Blu-ray players. The inevitable march toward disk ubiquity seems to mean that Sony can charge whatever it wants.
As a result, Blu-ray drives are now at the most expensive they've been all year, according to TG Daily. Where competition had driven Blu-ray player prices down to near $300, the site is now reporting $400 as the average price for a player. Prices are up across the board since February, when Sony was looking to deliver the death blow to Toshiba's format (already weakened by Warner's pre-CES pullout).
Matters are further complicated by the fact that Sony plans to release disks with advanced issues toward year's end. Good news, except that since there are no players on the market with Internet capabilities save for the PS3, users with older units will not be able to take advantage of the features fully --or get firmware upgrades for their devices.
It's almost enough to make you miss HD DVD.http://www.gearlog.com/2008/03/bluray_drive_prices_highand_ri.php
I keep seeing people ruining HD-DVD threads, but this just goes to show that gloating isn't always the answer as now Blu-Ray no longer has competition then it's prices won't be dropping at any point soon.