Microsoft addresses HD DVD death, future of Xbox 360

HD DVD may be on its deathbed, but a new Microsoft statement claims that the Xbox 360 will remain unaffected by the rise of Blu-ray.

Microsoft sent along an announcement regarding the future of HD DVD and the Xbox 360.

Here is there statement in full:

"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." The statement comes after sweeping reports of retailers dropping HD DVD in favour of Sony's Blu-ray. Some industry insiders suggest that HD DVD may be officially discontinued as soon as tomorrow.

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