Director Michael Bay says HD DVD/Blu-ray war (and market confusion) encouraged by Microsoft

A scam, apparently

What does Transformers (and Pearl Harbor…) director Michael Bay think about the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war? Oh, you know, that it’s all Microsoft’s doing:

Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads…. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just [to] embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.

Well, yeah, sorta. Disc-based storage is what we’re using now, but the future, in so far as we can predict the future, is in downloadable content like the Xbox 360 Marketplace. But until download speeds are sufficiently fast enough for a large enough amount of consumers, we’ll have to put up with discs.

CES is just around the corner, so I’m sure we’ll see better, cheaper hybrid high-def disc players.

DVD Formats [The Official Michael Bay Forums via Next Gen]