February 25, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
They are a little slow, but Microsoft says it will stop making its HD DVD add-on player for the Xbox 360. This comes almost a full week after Toshiba’s announcement to drop the high-def format.
Seems like a good time, since it appears that no one will be making software for it anymore. That isn’t the only reason that Microsoft’s decision isn’t surprising, however. Best Buy (via Crave) has been trying to dump drives for a mere $50 a pop.
If you decide to scarf one up, the New York Times says that Microsoft will honor warranties.
Microsoft was one of the biggest backers of HD DVD, along with Intel. The company says they don’t think this move will have any impact on the Xbox platform or future developments.
There is no word on whether Microsoft plans to develop a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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