If you want an HD DVD player, place your pre-order with a retailer now. That’s our advice, after Toshiba’s Vice President for Europe, Masaki Kimura, confirmed that only 10,000 HD DVD players would be shipped to Europe from Japan for the systems’ November launch.
Toshiba is unlikely to decide on further inventory levels for its HD-E1 (pictured above) and HD-XE1 players until it’s had a chance to ascertain demand.
Availability may not be much better for Blu-ray either. Stories continue to circulate that blue laser diodes are in short supply as Sony dedicates its own production of the vital component to PlayStation 3 construction. DigitalTimes.com is reporting that production difficulties may halve the proposed 2 million ship-out of the next-gen games console.