Toshiba denies work on HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360

By on October 25, 2007, 5:39 PM
Earlier this week, rumors began swirling that Toshiba was working in conjunction with Microsoft on an HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360 console that would also include 1080p video playback, wireless networking and other features. Not surprisingly, however, Toshiba was quick to quash those rumors by denying the company's involvement in such project:

“It's got nothing to do with us. But we know Microsoft doesn't want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to limit the user's experience.”
Whilst there is an obvious attraction in having HD DVD integrated into Xbox 360 consoles, the game machine itself is unlikely to benefit from that, as games for the console would have to work on Xbox 360 consoles that only support typical DVDs. Still, with the falling prices of HD DVD hardware, the idea of having HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360s a couple of years down the road doesn’t seem too farfetched.

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Julio said:
I believe Microsoft could ship an HD DVD version these holidays if they wished to, however it's not such a good strategy.Just like the are targeting the Wii market with the cheaper Arcade version, the moment they ship a more expensive HD DVD equipped version, they will enter PS3 (blu ray) territory and the comparison for which system will be better to own down the road would be inevitable.Rather than exploiting media capabilities, the Xbox today has the edge in terms of games versus the PS3, so for now it's the right call not to ship such a version from a business perspective.
spydercanopus said:
Surely there will be a new xbox soon... the 360 is so weak compared to computers. Even the PS3 is disappointing. Playing a game in 1080p on the PS3 makes the game stutter pretty bad. Sure the PS3 will play games in HD, my computer plays games perfectly smooth at 1200p. Just not impressed with either "next gen" console.
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