Microsoft responds to HD DVD reports


Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say
Toshiba denies HD DVD speculation

Microsoft's first public comment since reports surfaced last week that Toshiba will likely kill off its doomed HD DVD format sought to stem any potential fallout on its Xbox 360 video game console, for which the computer giant manufactured an HD DVD add-on.

"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," the Microsoft statement said.

Xbox 360 is one of three next-generation game consoles currently on the market; competitor PlayStation 3, from Sony, comes with a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive. In its statement, Microsoft downplayed either machine's ability to play high-definition movies, insisting, "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."

As for the future of the HD DVD add-on, Microsoft said, "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."