Microsoft: HD-DVD Not Critical to 360's Success

The fate of HD-DVD is not critical to the success of the Xbox 360, according to senior Microsoft officials, who have noted that the company would consider supporting rival technology Blu-ray if it were victorious in the high-definition format war.

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Dudeson423993d ago

Is not going to suffer by HD-DVD losing the format war. Nobody is going out and buying an xbox 360 JUST so they can watch HD-DVD's, when you can buy a standalone player for less, it's just simple math. Sony, however, has the Playstation 3 priced as one of the lowest (or THE lowest) priced blu-ray players on the market, so they are in more of a position to gain or lose sales based on the outcome of the format war.

Columbo3993d ago

You are correct sir. Having an optional player let some people purchase one if they were interested in HD-DVD. Personally, I did not buy one because I was waiting to see who would emerge victorious. But I do believe Sony was smart in putting a Blu-Ray player in their PS3. I will be purchasing a PS3 in the coming months once I see a good bundle deal or the price is dropped, and I am looking forward to watching Blu-Ray movies on my 1080p tv. But both the 360 and PS3 are successes already and their futures look bright for both systems.

Anego Montoya FTMFW3993d ago

but it`s NOT a good thing HD-DVD is dying QUICKLY for the people they have convinced to get the HD-DVD add on for 360.

HarryEtTubMan3993d ago (Edited 3993d ago )

Either way the PS3 is more reasonable now... they both have the same Multiplatforms and I want the PS3's Exclusives more... online is free... built in WiFi. Everything is better. In game XMB and PS Home and Downloadable Music and movies in 2008. 2008 is gonna be good

Heck yea dude!

Anego Montoya FTMFW3993d ago

sorry my man,


2008 is going to be UN-F**KING-BELIEVABLE!


Genki3993d ago

That would be like saying the PS2 HDD add-on was critical to it's success. Nowhere was the console designed around the thing. It's tough to pull that off with add-ons, particularly ones with limited relevant support.

May have been if HD-DVD was usable for games, but even then, if the format buckled for movies, they could have still produced them for the space it provides.

I still think they shot themselves in the foot by not implementing this as standard(and usable for games of course), but they'll be alright.

Hapimeses3993d ago

Success of the 360 may not rely on HD-DVD, but I reckon the success of HD-DVD did rely on the 360. If Microsoft had put one inside the 360, rather than as an add-on, I think things would have looked very different right now. But, they didn't, and it seems Blu-ray has been allowed to win this part of the war because of Microsoft unwillingness to build an HD player into their console.

After all, I didn't buy the PS3 as a Blu-ray player, but I do have several BDs already. How many 360 owners would have bought HD-DVDs if their machine could automatically play them? And there are far more 360s out there than PS3s at the moment.

As I said, I think things would have been very different.

bootsielon3993d ago

MSFT would have priced the 360 at $600 and would have launched at the same time with PS3, if not before but after the 2005 holiday season, and it would have miserably failed. Xbox wasn't a brand name that could afford to price themselves out of the market

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