Toshiba might have announced yesterday that it was delaying the launch of its HD DVD players in the UK, however that hasn't stopped the company launching two new players in Japan.

The HD-XF2 and HD-XA2 will be available from late December, and according to Toshiba are both smaller and offer improved speed in loading and response times over the HD-XA1.

The new high-end HD-XA2 supports Deep Color technology, an optional standard under HDMI that improves representation of color tones and achieves finer color gradation. HD-XA2 also provides support for the superior high-definition images of 1080p output.

The new players support Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, and also support linear PCM 5.1ch audio. Viewers will also be able to up-scale standard DVD to a resolution of 1080i or 720p (1080p for HD-XA2) through an HDCP-capable HDMI output.