Microsoft backs down from Blu-Ray claim

by: Chuck -
Right after CES, Petere Moore (the marketing guy for the X-box) let out that Microsoft could release an external Blu-Ray player for the Xbox 360 if Blu-Ray won the upcoming format war with HD DVD (the standard that Microsoft is supporting).  Microsoft has since released a statement saying:

"It is important to understand the context in which that statement was made. Microsoft firmly stands behind the HD-DVD format as the best choice for our consumers."

Which I interpret as

"Yeah, we could probably release a Blu-Ray player for the Xbox 360 if we wanted to but we are pouring a lot of money into the HD-DVD stuff so we want you to buy that instead.  If that doesn't work out we'll put out the Blu-Ray player"

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