Originally Posted by deacongreg
Why did we have to have this war, in the first place? Nobody wins here.
Because the previous Sony CEO couldn't reach an agreement with Toshiba. Toshiba insisted on the Network capabilities and HDi. Sony wouldn't budge and pretty much didn't want to combine the two techs.
However Sony was really scared about losing with another technology (SACD, BETA, MD, etc) so they decided getting Studios to sign exclusive contracts was the answer.
Thus the war. The sad thing is that because of the PS3 there was really no need for the Studio exclusivity. The PS3 guaranteed that BD would survive.