After a rash of discounting, Microsoft has pulled the plug on its external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360. John Porcaro, of Microsoft’s Global Games Marketing Team, says: “As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD players in the market.” Microsoft’s hi-def focus now appears to be on its Xbox Live service, which continues to sign up studio support. Porcaro says the discontinuation of the HD DVD format will not have any impact on the Xbox platform. To date, around HD DVD 300,000 drives has been sold for the console.