Phil Elliot of GamesIndustry.biz writes: Market research and consulting firm DFC Intelligence has told GamesIndustry.biz that it believes Microsoft will be largely untroubled by the recent death of the HD DVD format and resulting victory for Sony's Blu-ray technology.
George T Chronis, DFC Dossier editor, pointed at comments made by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in October 2005 regarding the next-gen DVD battle:
"The format that's under discussion right now, HD DVD versus Blu-ray, that's simply the last physical format we'll ever have," Gates said then. Even videos in the future will either be on a disk in your pocket or over the Internet and therefore far more convenient for you."
"Microsoft has never been wedded to any specific HD disc playback as an Xbox 360 feature necessity, only as an option," he said. "Therefore, given the 10 million-plus Xbox Live subscriber base, it is very likely that Microsoft will continue to actively pursue more deals with major media conglomerates to secure additional HD content for delivery via Xbox Live as its primary high-definition playback."