Sony's two new Blu-Ray beauties

Sony has taken drastic steps in the bid to defeat HD-DVD once and for all – enlisting the help of your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.The late

Sony has taken drastic steps in the bid to defeat HD-DVD once and for all – enlisting the help of your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.The latest twist in the HD war sees the Japanese behemoth announcing two new blu-ray players. And with the transfer window looming, Sony has announced a new signing to its star-studded HD squad – Peter Parker himself, Spidey.With IFA in full swing, blu-ray's best buddy has revealed it'll be rewarding those who pledge allegiance to the fight against HD-DVD with a copy of the Spiderman Trilogy; on blu-ray, obviously. Choose between the 300 (top) for penny pinchers who may otherwise be tempted by low-cost HD-DVD, or the 500 (bottom) for those who demand the best, and nothing but that, you hear?The thinner S300 still gets seductive Full HD output with 1080p upscaling for inferior DVDs and 24p for watching Blu-Ray movies at their intended frame rate. It'll also handle 7.1 channel Linear PCM and Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound for the full cinema experience."What, no HDMI V1.3 or Dolby TrueHD," you scoff. Ah - walk this way to the chunkier S500, then, our audiophile chum.We're expecting both models to appear in UK shops within the next couple of months. Our Spider-senses are tingling...EssentialsSony BDP-S300, S500Price: £400, £600On sale: September, October Contact: SonyRelated stories:Tosh chops cost of an HD disc spinnerSamsung dual disc spinner revealedDenon turns Blu-ray up to 1.1