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Toshiba makes HD DVD statement, Microsoft shrugs shoulders

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Amid a frenzy of speculation, Toshiba has posted the following short comment on its Japanese website (not that anyone appears to be listening anymore):“The media reported that Toshiba will discontinue its HD DVD business. Toshiba has not made any announcement concerning this. Although Toshiba is currently assessing its business strategies, no decision has been made at this moment.”
Microsoft has also broken its silence, stating for the record: “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.”
Microsoft has also shrugged its corporate shoulders regarding the standalone HD DVD drive: “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.”

Tags: Corporate · HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade · Video games

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