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MS issues official statement on the death of the HD DVD format

Posted by: Chuck at 2/18/2008 4:05 PM
Straight from the Gamerscore Blog:
"We do not believe the recent reports about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace.  As we’ve long stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360 continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most exclusives and best selling games in the industry.  We will wait until we hear from Toshiba before announcing any specific plans around the Xbox 360 HD DVD player.  HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room along with playback of the DVD movies they already own."
I know we are beating this thing to death today but it does have some long range implications for gamers.  I think we're still a few years off from digital distribution really taking off and Microsoft is now officially out of the high definition DVD market.  While this isn't a big deal for gamers it does put a bit of a crimp in Microsoft's plan for the Xbox 360 to serve as an all in one media hub.