NEWS - Monday, February 25, 2008

Microsoft Drops HD-DVD


”As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

It is now possible Microsoft will release a Blu-ray player for Xbox 360, although the company may opt to focus solely on digital downloads via 360’s Xbox Live Video Store.



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