|Microsoft to Cease Production of HD DVD Drive For Xbox 360|
|Home Theater News HD DVD Hardware News|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2008|
Don’t expect Xbox 360 to switch its drive to Blu-ray any time soon, but the switcheroo comes only a little more than a week after HD DVD’s main supporter, Toshiba, announced they are throwing in the towel on the format.
The news comes as no surprise to those following the HD disc format war, but does highlight the significance and power of the video game market. With the power to sell $50 titles year in and year out, the video game market has proven to be where new technologies either make it or break it. The stakes are just that high.
Inventory for the Microsoft drives still can be had (likely with a deep discount after today) and can be a reasonable way to pick up an HD movie player at an amazing discount. Hardcore fans of HD DVD report on AVRevForum.com that 1080i (not the highest resolution format – 1080p) players are being blow-out at retailers for as little as $79.99 with software titles packing 50 percent or deeper discounts. Considering HD DVD was the leader in the format war for much of the battle – there might be some HD battle out there but buyer beware that you will want to make sure your Blu-ray player is solidly installed in your rig with all of the latest, Oscar-winning titles piled up and ready to play before you go bargain basement shopping for HD DVD at this stage.