Toshiba launched the first HD-DVD player in late March in Japan and in America it was made available in April. Now, Toshiba wants to bring the HD-DVD technology before October. This means that will make available this technology even before Sony will launch its PlayStation 3 console.
Even if Toshiba manages to bring the HD-DVD players into Europe there are still problems. Financial problems. As almost every product, in Europe everything costs much more than in US. This means that this players will cost more than the $800 which is the released price for Toshiba’s HD-XA1 HD-DVD player.
Soon, there will be other solutions if you want to experience the high definition media. Sony will release its PS3 console at a $599 which gave birth to a lot of talks while Microsoft will make available a HD-DVD add-on for their XBOX 360 console that will cost about the same price. If you want to wait until then.
At the same time, Toshiba is ready to face competition. TDK is poised to bring the Blu-Ray in Europe. While it didn’t launched their players as fast as Toshiba they announced that they already have in production 50GB rewritable Blu-Ray discs and are already testing a prototype with a capacity of 200GB.