Microsoft Reacts To HD-DVDrama

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News Posted: Tue, Feb 19 2008 6:18 PM

Thought Microsoft actually made the following statements prior to Toshiba's official announcement, it is reasonable to assume that they knew what was coming.  It seems like they're not very concerned about the potential impact:

“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,” Microsoft said in a statement. “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.



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mazuki replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 10:36 PM
largest because they have been out the longest, i will be interested in the future of their marketplace and what games they will bring with Blu-Ray support.
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peti1212 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 11:01 PM

Hmm, interesting, I though they were pretty pissed about the whole incident. I never used DVD HD and I guess I will never get to use one. Who cares really. It sucks for those who have DVD HD compatible DVD players. I also heard that the Blu-ray movies are in an enourmous resolution and quality. One of my friends told me that in some movies he and see the pores on peoples faces. Now that's high detail.

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ice91785 replied on Wed, Feb 20 2008 7:43 AM
Meh, I am not worried about the jaw flapping -- I just like to see the end products. Add-on Blu-ray = OK by me.....DO IT XBOX!!!

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Lev_Astov replied on Wed, Feb 20 2008 7:58 AM
Yeah, why are they going on about this?? It's not like the xbox has a built in HD DVD player or anything, so who would ever expect the BD win to affect the xbox?

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I don't think this will hurt MS...I think it will show how flexable thier company and consoles are if they can pull off an external BD player.

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werty316 replied on Thu, Feb 21 2008 9:49 PM
Sucks for those who have already bought an HD-DVD player.
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ice91785 replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 11:20 AM

I think a lot of it just has to do with the fact that the PS3 is a cheap BD player so MS will lose business due to the fact everyone may rush to buy a PS3 now for HD-media playback and maybe a little gaming here and there.....thoughts?

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werty316 replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 12:21 PM

Its more so than that as the majority of distrubutors are Blu-Ray.

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Kamrooz replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 4:49 PM

I really do wish that Blu-Ray didn't win the format war. It may be a newer technology, but it does have it's own issues as well. First off the $30 licenseing fee is an issue, blu-ray ends up costing more for the consumer and film production companies. Size of the discs isn't really an issue, They have made tripple layer HD-DVD's that store 45 GB of data. Also, the blu-ray protective layer on their discs is thinner than DVD/HD-DVD. So expect those scratches we all get to make more of an impact on our disc usage.

Personally, If Microsoft incorporated the HD-DVD drive into their Xbox 360, this format war would of gone in HD-DVD's favor. We all know the large majority of blu-ray players out their in the nation is the PS3, it's a bit unfair to side exclusively to one side based on that alone. If the HD-DVD was incorporated into the 360, yes microsofts sales would be lower, but the format war would of gone a completely different way, to HD-DVD....Which is owned by NO company, which also makes it easier to improve the technology without copyright and licensing issues, unlike Blu-ray, try to modify it, pay up to Sony.

Don't get me wrong, I like some of sony's stuff, but this is just not the best product for Consumers and Film producers. 

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viperfour replied on Sun, Feb 24 2008 6:46 PM

I agree with you Kamrooz about Blu-Ray and wishing it did not end this way.

I don't know about Microsoft and incorporating their HD-DVD into the X-Box 360 and then winning the format war, but it certianly could have helped as I see it had they done so. 

I was really hoping for some of the same reasons that HD-DVD would win this war.

Blu-Ray's win might not last long though as the Blu-Ray vs. Digital Download is now turning up the heat.

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Kamrooz replied on Sun, Feb 24 2008 7:05 PM

I'm worried more about the digital download then I am of bluray. We are not ready considering what the ISP companies want to do. Bandwidth limiting and overage charges!?!??!..COME ON!. Time warner is testing it in certain areas with road runner. There is also atleast one more company experimenting with it now, but I can't remember which for the life of me.  Heck, it's going to be really bad having to pay more for your net if you go over your monthly limit. We really should take a look at the japanese, 100mbit connections to a home is insane. Their net is like 5 times faster than ours. The broadband cable companies really need to get their act together and focus on improving their fiber optic infrastructure instead of limiting bandwidth and placing overage charges. That's one thing I love about Verizon Fios, crazy fast internet at a great price. Hopefully they'll make it even faster and force other broadband companies to follow suite, cause if we jump into a completely digital download age soon with the current mindset of broadband companies, it's only going to serve to make them richer, and make the lives of those who use the net extensively harder.

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