Sunday, 24 February 2008

Microsoft drops HD-DVD add on.

Following Toshiba's announcement last week that it was dropping the HD-DVD format, Microsoft were left with little choice but to follow suit. Microsoft released this statement:
"As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market.
As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own."
The only question that remains is whether Microsoft will release a Blu Ray disk player. Microsoft haven't at any stage ruled this option out, however with Microsoft seemingly focusing more on Digital distribution over Xbox Live it does seem that Blu Ray would take a back seat.

Source: CVG

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