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Published on October 19th, 2007 | by Daniel David

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Rumor: Toshiba and Microsoft working on built in HD DVD Xbox 360

Rumor has it that Toshiba and Microsoft are working on a Xbox 360 with a built in HD DVD drive.

This new Xbox 360 would still of course play games and have Wi-Fi right out of the box. There is also a possibility of it including dual HD TV tuner, EGB capability and a docking port for MP3 players.

A senior Toshiba executive in Singapore said:

“An Xbox with a built in HD DVD drive is critical. They and we are working on it. It also has to be more than a gaming machine. Microsoft recognise this. A version of the device may also be sold under the Toshiba brand name.”

Scott Browning, Marketing Director of JB HiFi also said:

“The device is a lay down mis`ere and essential for the HD DVD camp. We are told that one is coming. The PS3 has been extremely successful for Sony in getting Blu-ray off the ground and for Microsoft, the omission of a built in HD DVD player is set to hurt sales going forward as consumers are aware that the PS3 comes with a Blu-ray player.”

This new Xbox 360 is expected to be released late 2008 or at the 2009 CES show in Las Vagas.

I really don’t like the idea and I don’t think Microsoft needs to release another version of their system. This is something they should of thought of when they released the Elite, that would have been a much better time for something like this when people were saying you should have pack HD DVD in then.

With not only adding a HD DVD drive but Wi-Fi and I suspect the type of port that Ipod’s use this is not going to be cheap by any means. Keeping it a choice for the Xbox 360 is a good choice since HD DVD isn’t being used for game like Blu-ray is. I don’t want to even think about if Microsoft decides to use HD DVD for games at this time in the Xbox 360 lifespan.

I don’t think Microsoft needs this and it seems HD DVD is losing to Blu-ray but I figured thats because there are more and better movies out on Blu-ray and they have the better exclusive movies.

My question is do you think Microsoft needs another Xbox 360 on the market? Would you consider buying this if it does release?

Source: Smarthouse


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