No Xbox 360 with built-in HD-DVD on the horizon?

— 9:08 AM on July 3, 2006

As the PlayStation 3 and its integrated Blu-ray disc drive inch slowly towards their release in November, Microsoft still has no plans to begin shipping Xbox 360s with integrated HD-DVD drives, according to a Microsoft employee's blog. The employee, Microsoft Online Community Manager Cesar Menendez, says the following:

Saw a few stories online about an Xbox 360 with a built-in HD DVD drive: not true. We have no plans to release an Xbox 360 with an internal HD DVD. What we showcased at E3 was an external HD DVD drive, and we're sticking with that.
He says that by making the drive optional, Microsoft will be "offering consumers a choice in creating their own hi-def experiences." Thanks to Reg Hardware for the tip.
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