Feeds

Xbox 360 to get HD DVD drive

Externally, naturally

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

CES Microsoft's XBox 360 will support the HD DVD next-generation optical disc format after all, the company's hardware chief, Robbie Bach, revealed at CES last night.

However, the ability to play the discs will be delivered through a face-saving external drive, shipping at some point this year, Bach said.

Last month, Microsoft said there was no truth to speculation that the company would this year deliver an HD DVD-equipped Xbox 360, and that not decision had yet been made on support for the format. This despite comments from Bill Gates in the summer and, more recently, Microsoft Japan's Xbox chief, that the format would be part of the Xbox 360 plan, if only to allow movie playback rather than as a games medium.

Shipping an external drive allows Microsoft to deliver that functionality without alienating consumer who've purchased that standard, DVD-supporting Xbox 360. Though nothing, we'd note, said by Bach prevents the company offering a special edition 360 with an integrated HD DVD drive in the future. However, we suspect the format will have had to demonstrate strong support in the broader consumer market first. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.