[Emru Townsend of Digital World writes]: One step closer to optical media harmony: While
Toshiba and Samsung
have talked about creating a multiple-format high-definition DVD player, Ricoh has decided to actually do something about it. They’ve developed a
that reads and writes HD DVD, Blu-ray, DVD and CD with one pickup and one lens. The component will be offered to OEMs by the end of the year.
It’s about time. Consumers don’t want to be caught in the middle of this foolish format war.