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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 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, .
TOTAL TRANSFORMER DVD's SOLD IN FIRST WEEK: around 8 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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