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Microsoft Again Denies Xbox 360 Blu-ray, Claims Digital Downloads Are 'The Future'

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Citing digital movie downloads as the future of Xbox 360 media playback, Microsoft today ruled out the possibility of a Blu-ray add-on player for the system.

Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Europe VP Chris Lewis was the latest voice from the company to refute rumors of a Blu-ray add-on player. "We have no plans to do anything at all in terms of further or additional movie playback peripherals," Lewis told MCV. Read more »

"GG Microsoft. I would have bought a 360 if it had an internal HD-DVD drive, but got a PS3 ..."
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Microsoft Denies Blu-ray on Xbox 360

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Microsoft is not in talks with Sony to bring Blu-ray movie functionality to the Xbox 360, Xbox product manager Aaron Greenberg has revealed.

"Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience," Greenberg told Reuters.

Greenberg's comment clarifies a statement made by Sony Electronics US president Stan Glasgow earlier this month, in which the executive said that the company was in talks with Microsoft concerning an adoption of the Blu-ray format. Read more »

"Why would Sony give MS the cheapest entry into the Blu-Ray market?"
- raspu2n    See all 30 comments

Sony, Microsoft Talk Xbox 360 Blu-ray Support

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Sony said that it is in talks with Microsoft concerning Blu-ray movie playback functionality for the Xbox 360, according to the Financial Times.

Sony Electronics US president Stan Glasgow stated yesterday that the companies were discussing the possibility of Microsoft adopting the format. Whether or not this would take the form of a hardware revision with a built-in Blu-ray player or an external add-on peripheral similar to Microsoft's HD DVD player was not specified. Read more »

"Beat me to it. Seems like everyone is jumping all over the "Blu-ray on the 360" bandwagon when ..."
- nakedsavage    See all 29 comments

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

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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.

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"HD DVD writers have always had a lot of problems with error rates. They stretched DVD ..."
- theflux    See all 24 comments

Toshiba Halts Production of HD DVD Hardware

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Electronics manufacturer Toshiba announced today that it will discontinue production of its HD DVD players and recorders, prompting many to sound the end of the format war in favor of Sony's Blu-ray disc.

Rumors began circulating last week that Toshiba, one of the largest backers of the HD DVD format, would discontinue support after retail giant Wal-Mart announced its decision to only sell Blu-ray discs in its stores. Read more »

"Not true, there a are clear annoying issues with BR. I don't really give a shit which format ..."
- hornoxe    See all 84 comments

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Add-on Drops to $129.99

The price of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on has dropped from $179.99 to $129.99, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced.

The reduction is effective in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and units sold at the new price will continue to include the five free HD DVD offer out of the box. The player's functionality is strictly limited to the play of HD DVD and DVD discs. In early January, Warner Bros. abandoned HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, sounding the death knell of the format with the loss of one of its greatest supporters. Read more »

"Dude, the HD-DVD is an add on peripheral to play HD DVD MOVIES. It has absolutely nothing to do ..."
- FormerHPB    See all 21 comments

Microsoft Intentionally Sabotaging HD DVD and Blu-ray, Claims Director Michael Bay

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Acclaimed director and aspiring game developer Michael Bay (Transformers, The Rock, Playboy Video Centerfold: Kerri Kendall) has lambasted Microsoft's HD DVD initiative as a ploy meant to weaken the format and eventually strengthen the company's on-demand video service.

"Microsoft wants both [HD DVD and Blu-ray] formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about," Bay wrote on his official forums. Read more »

"CDs are still of higher quality, and analog sources or digital sources of a higher bitrate are ..."
- Serpico74    See all 119 comments

Toshiba Denies, Undenies HD DVD Xbox 360

Addressing rumors that Microsoft and Toshiba are prepping HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360 for late 2008 or early 2009, Toshiba has offered up two very different responses. "It's got nothing to do with us," a Toshiba representative told Stuff. "But we know Microsoft doesn't want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to limit the user's experience." However, the version of that story found on Stuff's official site tells a less definitive tale. "Toshiba has no comment to make on this matter," the rep said the second time around. "The Xbox 360 is not a Toshiba product." According to Engadget, that first comment was later replaced because it was a misquote, and Toshiba's UK PR company, Nelsom Bostock Communications, has been asking sites to take it down. What does it all mean? That's a great question. It could be anything from a Toshiba rep being unaware of Microsoft's plans to the company merely covering up a comment that makes HD DVD look kinda bad. One thing's for sure: with the Xbox division finally profitable, don't expect Microsoft to slow down whatever plans it has anytime soon.

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"I dont think the gap is as much about cost of the system as it is that one system has lots of ..."
- godm0de    See all 14 comments

HD DVD Xbox 360 Rumors Circle Back

Like a hyperactive toddler, the internet's well-worn gossip circle is once again entranced by the same shiny thing it was fascinated with months ago. Quoting an inside source at Toshiba, Smarthouse claims that Microsoft is prepping an HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360 for late 2008 or early 2009. Other additions swirling around the long-rumored device include an HDTV tuner and some type of standardized docking port for MP3 players. "An Xbox with a built in HD DVD drive is critical," the unnamed Toshiba employee apparently said. "They and we are working on it. It also has to be more than a gaming machine. Microsoft recognise this. A version of the device may also be sold under the Toshiba brand name." The feud between HD DVD and Blu-ray has long been brewing, with both Microsoft and Sony positioning their respective consoles on opposite sides of the HD format war. Microsoft's decision to use standard DVDs with Xbox 360 games and its offering of the optional HD DVD add-on solely for movie playback has been criticized within the industry, as more and more developers claim they need the additional storage space available through the newer formats. Meanwhile, Sony has faced numerous criticisms stemming from the PlayStation 3's higher price point, said in part to be a result of the company's choice to include Blu-ray support in every model. Both sides of the HD format war have begun offering recruitment incentives of free movies in exchange for the support of that particular format.

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"I guess I was refering to games on HDDVD as an option where the game would also come out on ..."
- jazz_uc    See all 47 comments

Microsoft Matches Sony's Blu-ray PS3 Incentive with Free HD DVD Offer in UK

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Teaming up with HD DVD promoter Toshiba, Microsoft has just announced an incentive for purchasers of its Xbox 360 HD DVD Player, giving U.K. customers who purchase the add-on between now and January 31 five free HD DVD flicks. The offer is slightly different than the recently begun HD DVD incentive for American customers, but matches Sony's existing promotion for five free Blu-ray movies with the purchase of a PlayStation 3 or select other Blu-ray players, which runs through January 31. Purchasers of Toshiba HD DVD players or certain Toshiba HD DVD-equipped computers are also eligible for the U.S. offer, which runs longer than the U.K. promotion through February 28. Americans can pick five titles from a list of 15 HD DVD films: Aeon Flux, Babel, The Italian Job, Hulk, Pitch Black, The Thing, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Swordfish, Full Metal Jacket, Firewall, The Frighteners, U2: Rattle and Hum, Black Rain, Darkman, and Troy. For the U.K., the list of available choices has 13 titles and is slightly different, with Serenity, The Chronicles of Riddick, Hulk, Children of Men, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Troy, Full Metal Jacket, Corpse Bride, The Prestige, Swordfish, Black Rain, Dreamgirls, and Word Trade Center on offer. Interestingly, several of the available choices in Microsoft's HD DVD offer are also available in Sony's Blu-ray incentive. Regardless, the Xbox 360 add-on is the cheapest route to five free movies, at $179.99 in the states and 114.99 Pounds in the U.K. After filling out the form for either the American or U.K. offer, customers will receive their movies in 8 to 10 weeks in America or in 28 days or more in the U.K.

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"Depends a lot on the title, as some are total crap, but others are drop-dead gorgeous. It also ..."
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Microsoft Brings Xbox 360 HD DVD Player to $179

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In the first news coming out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Microsoft today announced it would lower the price of its Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on player from $199 to $179 starting next Wednesday. The company also noted that it will throw in five free HD DVD titles as an extra incentive, although the selection of titles amounts to a meager 15 offerings. Anyone buying the player between August 1 and September 30 will be eligible for the movies. HD DVD proponent Toshiba already offers the five-movie deal on its line of stand-alone players. Competitor Sony also doles out a similar coupon with the purchase of qualifying Blu-ray players, including the PlayStation 3, allowing you to choose five free Blu-ray discs from a pool of 21 films.

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"consumer wins if both are sucessful. Competition is a good thing. I dont want sony or toshiba to ..."
- gyokuro    See all 43 comments

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