Microsoft Says No to Xbox 360 Internal HD DVD
Posted Thu Jul 6, 2006 at 10:45 AM PDT by
Despite growing rumors that Microsoft would be adding an internal HD
DVD drive to future Xbox 360 game consoles, a company representative yesterday
any such plans
in a post on Gamescoreblog.com.
"Saw a few stories online about an Xbox 360 with a built-in HD DVD drive:
not true," wrote Microsoft’s Cesar Menendez on the popular online
gaming blog. "We have no plans to release an Xbox 360 with an internal
HD DVD. What we showcased at E3 was an external HD DVD drive, and we're sticking
with that. "
Menendez's post came after an Australian-based executive for primary HD DVD
backer Toshiba had reportedly linked Microsoft, which plans to offer an external
HD DVD drive for the 360, to supplying an internal drive for the console.
"We've always had a games-first emphasis with the Xbox, but some consumers
can build on the platform -- like by adding a Windows Media Center Edition PC,"
Menendez also said on his post. "By keeping the drive external, we're offering
consumers a choice in creating their own hi-def experiences. So -- no plans
for an internal HD DVD."