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Toshiba says no to Xbox 360 HD DVD inclusion

Last Friday, Australian website Smarthouse claimed to have word from a Toshiba representative saying that Microsoft and Toshiba are working on an Xbox 360-based entertainment machine that will incorporate an HD DVD drive.

The information ran contrary to what Microsoft has said in the past regarding the never including an HD DVD drive in the Xbox 360 for cost reasons, and that DVD media is still perfectly adequate for this generation of games.

The speculated machine discussed last week, however, supposedly would not be a strict gaming machine, but rather a home media box.

UK-based Stuff spoke with a local Toshiba contact regarding the report and received a denial of development for any such product. “It’s got nothing to do with us,” said the Toshiba representative. “But we know Microsoft doesn’t want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to limit the user’s experience.”

With the rapidly falling prices of HD DVD hardware, it’s conceivable that Microsoft could add an HD DVD drive in a variant of its Xbox 360 console at minimal charge. The added ability to play HD DVD movies would provide a strong bullet point feature to match-up against the PlayStation 3’s Blu-ray Disc playback. Furthermore, with the addition of HDMI in all new production Xbox 360 consoles (though still lacking proper lossless audio output), Microsoft’s machine is one step closer to becoming a full-HD DVD standalone replacement.

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RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By therealnickdanger on 10/24/2007 4:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft will never offer a blue ray drive for the xbox 360

You may eat those words some day. You should check facts instead of posting your feelings. I don't know why people confuse PS3 VS 360 with Blu-Ray VS HD-DVD and Sony VS Microsoft. Whereas Sony is and probably always will be exclusively Blu-Ray, Microsoft's involvement with HD-DVD isn't exclusive and not nearly as strong as their desire to ensure that their customers get the best features. If Blu-Ray completely trounces HD-DVD in the coming year, you can bet Microsoft will release a Blu-Ray add-on in short order. And when they do, you can be sure that Microsoft will play it as just another strength of their console and their desire to give the consumer choices.

RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By drinkmorejava on 10/24/2007 4:35:03 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of what Microsoft would want, do you realize that Sony would never allow Blu-Ray to be licensed to MS? There not going to allow a console competitor to have something that makes their product more appealing. The whole point of the console wars is to provide something that the others cannot.

By darkpaw on 10/24/2007 4:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
The media folks at Sony always call the shots over the electronics folks (see all the failed ony devices due to DRM, odd formats, etc). If the media people at Sony thought selling Blu-Ray drives in the 360 would sell more Blu-Ray media I think they'd be all over it, regardless of what the console division had to say.

RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By Oregonian2 on 10/24/2007 8:29:52 PM , Rating: 3
Of course they would. Heck, Toshiba, who makes the HD-DVD system is now going to be the maker of cell processor ICs that power the PS3!

Good grief!


P.S. - U.S. automakers have long bought parts from their competitors. I know Chrysler automatic transmissions at one time (may still, I haven't a clue) were sold to either Ford or GM to be put in their vehicles.

By MGSsancho on 10/25/2007 3:26:00 AM , Rating: 2
Toshiba also was one of the companies that designed the cell (Rambus for IO, IBM, Sony, and Toshiba)

RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By Locutus465 on 10/24/2007 8:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
You realize what you're quoting is more than a year old and from a source no longer affiliated with MS (for good reason, QA anyone?)

RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By Locutus465 on 10/24/2007 8:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
Having posted this, yes if blueray wins the next x-box will almost certainly have blueray... It doesn't seem like MS is ready to quit on HD-DVD though.

RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By omnicronx on 10/25/2007 10:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
The Xbox360 will never have a BD drive! The next version may if the format war is 'over'. But i wouldn't count on it;

TOTAL HD-DVD sales: around 2 million,
TOTAL BD sales: around 3 million, .

With numbers like these, picking a format winner is like picking the world series winner before the season starts... Anything can happen, Anyone can win

By therealnickdanger on 10/25/2007 3:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
You guys are just so certain... despite the fact that Microsoft has openly discussed just the opposite. The fact that the quote is "old" and from a source now with EA doesn't matter. If you think about it, that quote was from a period when HD-DVD was still "winning" against Blu-Ray, so it holds even more weight now that Blu-Ray is leading.

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