Microsoft Halts HD-DVD Production

Feb 23, 2008

From the no duh pile of information, Microsoft finally released the company’s official response to the end of the HD format war. Not surprisingly, production of the HD-DVD is now officially over. Despite that and thankfully for those of us who have one, support and replacement for the product will continue.

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. As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own.

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