Microsoft: Firmly Behind HD DVD Format - No Blu-ray Add-on

Just want to clear up a few things surrounding several erroneous stories regarding alleged comments from Peter Moore about Xbox 360 supporting Blu-ray. Simply put...These reports are completely incorrect.

Some online media outlets have picked up this story and are citing Internet speculation of an alleged Associated Press story that does not exist, along with comments taken out of context from a story in ITmedia that appeared back in January. This information is being reported as news and as a result of a recent interview, neither of which are true.

In an interview with ITmedia back at CES in January of this year, Peter said Xbox 360 has the flexibility to adapt to consumers' needs, allowing Microsoft to add features as consumers demand them - as evidenced by the offering of the HD DVD Player as an accessory.

It is important to understand the context in which that statement was made. Microsoft firmly stand behind the HD DVD format as the best choice for consumers. Current reports indicating that Microsoft has a back-up plan, which includes Blu-ray support are incorrect. They're fully committed to HD DVD and have absolutely no plans to support other optical formats.

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Marty83704205d ago (Edited 4205d ago )

Blu-ray will end up the clear winner. There loss.

Shadow Flare4205d ago (Edited 4205d ago )

stubborn idiots. Their loss. Blu-ray for the win

sak5004205d ago

What is this Nluray? Some new joint format?

gta_cb4205d ago

BluRay wins which in my eyes it prob will, it wont take long to release a BluRay add on, unless there making a writen statement saying they will NEVER release one lol

Keyser4205d ago

That's what a company is supposed to say so MS looks like they supported hddvd to the end, secretly they have a warehouse of bluray addons.

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FCOLitsjustagame4205d ago

I think MS is firmly behind digital distribution. But like any commpany they will make whatever add-ons make them money. Making this type of statement will only hurt him in the long run if they do decide that their customers want the blue ray format. It reminds me a lot of a football owner saying "I am 100% committed to my coach" and next week the coach gets fired.

gta_cb4205d ago

i dont think it would hurt them as if they knew they are going to make a BluRay add on and say drop the HD-DVD add on, they would surely want to sell all the HD-DVD add ons before launching the BluRay.
just my opinion

Observer4205d ago

"'till it all crashes down
and your break your crown
and you point your finger
but there's no one around
just want one thing
just to play the king
but the castle crumbled
and you're left with just a name
say, where's your crown king nothing ?"

Now, all seriousness aside, when a developer for first-gen titles for the new consoles (hint: GTA4) says that HD-DVD is restricting their game-making abilities, that should hint about a thing or two.

Seriously, Microsoft should swallow their pride. Instead of learning from Sony's mistakes with the PS3, they're being more arrogant.

FCOLitsjustagame4205d ago

GTA guys didnt say anything about HD-DVD restricting them it is the regular DVD player in the Xbox that restricts them. HD-DVD is an add on and not the component used to play the game.

Silver3604205d ago

He was asked if the lack of a standard of having a hard drive made it more difficult to develop for the 360 and he answered "yep"

Shadow Flare4205d ago

xbox 360 fans think Microsoft 'gives you the choice' in this generation

Master of Menace4205d ago

As for options I now have 10 Blu-ray movies in my collection. I recommend Happy Feet. Absolutely the best transfer I've seen for Blu-ray yet. The textures are so clear it's nearly 3-D.

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