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Xbox 360 HD DVD drive only for movies

Posted on Wednesday, August 23 2006 @ 00:21:45 CEST by

DigiTimes reports Microsoft Taiwan has confirmed that the HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 is merely to play back HD DVD movies and not to support games on HD DVD.
Taiwan-based game developers think blue-laser support for games is key for the Xbox 360 to be competitive with the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) which will have a built-in Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive, the sources pointed out. These developers are disappointed that the external drive will not support games and feel unwelcomed by the HD-DVD interest group, the sources indicated.

While the Xbox 360 itself enables game software to attain high-resolution video performance, the external HD-DVD drive does not support games because such support may increase costs and decrease the stability of game software, Microsoft Taiwan noted.



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