Microsoft Drops HD DVD, Cuts Add-on Price to $49

Microsoft has confirmed to Shacknews that it has ceased production of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on, and units currently available at retail will be dropped in price to $49.

Microsoft's Taipei branch announced the drop earlier today, noting that it will continue to provide technical and warranty support for HD DVD player owners.

Primary HD DVD backer Toshiba announced last week that it would cease production of HD DVD players and recorders, prompting many to sound the end of the "format wars." Microsoft has repeatedly declined to comment on rumors of a Blu-ray player add-on for its Xbox 360 console.