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MS Leaves HD-DVD & Lies about BD

Microsoft's Gamer Blog team has made the following statement about HD-DVD:

"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."

However, Peter Moore, while heading up Xbox 360, promised the media that if Blu-ray did eventually win the war, Microsoft would adopt the format and provide players with a Blu-ray drive. This now appears to not be planned as Microsoft will only continue to support overpriced HD content via DLC. Hopefully we will see MS change their stance on this issue so both PS3 and X360 can offer players a chance to play the best high-definition format on their console of choice.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 02/25/08

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