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Microsoft says HD DVD woes won't hit Xbox 360

No fall out from demise of Blu-ray competitor

The death of the HD DVD format won't hurt the Xbox 360 console, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft made the statement following Toshiba's announcement that it will end production of HD DVD players and recorders as the software giant offers an optional standalone HD DVD drive for Xbox 360.

"We do not believe Toshiba's announcement about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace," Microsoft said. The gaming function of the console is its main attraction, the company added.

Timeline: HD DVD versus Blu-ray

Microsoft did not say whether or not it will stop manufacturing the HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360.

For game consoles, high-definition discs are growing in importance. Sony put Blu-ray Disc drives in the PlayStation 3 (PS3) as a way to spread popularity of the high-definition discs. PS3 owners can play HD movies on the drives as well as advanced games. Blu-ray discs can hold far more data than conventional DVDs, and give players high definition graphics on games.

At a recent game show in Taipei, Sony showed off a display of over 100 game titles created using Blu-ray Disc. A nearby Xbox 360 booth displayed the HD DVD logo and showed movies and just a few games made for the format.

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