NEWS - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Xbox 360 May Include HD DVD Player

Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp., which have a patent-sharing agreement on consumer electronics and personal computers, will develop players for next-generation DVDs and the Longhorn operating system for portable computers. The extended agreement will combine Microsoft’s knowledge of personal computers with Toshiba’s expertise in consumer electronics, the companies said in a statement. Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 video-game console may also use the HD DVD format developed by Toshiba, said Chairman Bill Gates at a Tokyo media conference today. Microsoft and Toshiba are strengthening their ties as profit margins get squeezed amid rising competition from the likes of Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Sony and Samsung, which agreed last December to share patents to speed up product development and ease price competition, have spent 2.1 trillion won ($2.1 billion) on a venture to make liquid-crystal displays. ``The market for digital consumer products, including PCs, is huge and may develop in any number of ways,’’ said Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida. ``The alliance will definitely be beneficial for both Toshiba and Microsoft.’’ Microsoft is a member of the DVD Forum, a group that promotes the HD DVD technology Toshiba helped develop as a standard for the new DVDs that can store more high-definition pictures and other content than existing DVDs. Sony and Samsung back the competing Blu-ray disc format. ``The initial shipments of Xbox 360 will be based on today’s DVD format,’’ Gates said. ``We are looking at whether future versions of Xbox will incorporate an additional capability of an HD DVD player or something else.’’ Gates said Microsoft hasn’t ``solely’’ backed either DVD format. Toshiba will also make mobile devices such as Tablet PCs and handheld computers that will use Microsoft’s next version of its Windows operating system known as Longhorn, the companies said today. Windows is used on about 95 percent of the world’s computers.


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 43,987
Forum Posts: 725,150
Xbox One Titles: 657
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,084
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 583
Xbox Titles: 847
Staff Reviews: 1,449
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 13,093
Screenshots: 28,876
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 19 Views

Games with Gold for November - Count me in
Post by TheOutcast-XBA
3 Replies, 81 Views

Xbox One Edition Limitee Borderlands The Handsome Collection
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 55 Views

Xbox One Edition Limitee et controllers
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 84 Views

GOW 4 Horde Credit and XP Earn Rate Updates
Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 88 Views

Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 80 Views

Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing Fall 2017
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 139 Views

Xbox One S Protoype Zebra
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 179 Views

Xbox One South Korea Edition Limitee Mother Pearl
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 119 Views

Xbox One Official China Edition limitee Lunar New Year Monkey 2016
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 134 Views

Xbox Play Anywhere Set up.
Post by Nato King
6 Replies, 195 Views

CONTEST! Win a copy of Worms W.M.D.!
Post by Variation-XBA
9 Replies, 383 Views

The Gears of War 4 Live Broadcast Airs Today
Post by Nato King
7 Replies, 226 Views

Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 274 Views

Spoiler: First 12mintues of Battlefield 1
Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 264 Views

© 2000-2016 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics