Xbox 360 HD-DVD player to support movies only


— 9:56 AM on August 22, 2006

Bad news for those hoping the launch of Microsoft's external HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360 will pave the way for 30GB game discs with voice acting and full motion videos aplenty. Microsoft's Taiwanese branch has confirmed that the HD-DVD player will be intended for movies only and won't have support for HD-DVD games.

Microsoft cites fears of increased costs and decreased stability as the reasons behind its decision to limit the HD-DVD player's capabilities. Indeed, some gamers wouldn't be too happy about needing to cough up another $200 or more just to run a game, and quality assurance might suffer if studios released games on both DVD and HD-DVD formats. Nevertheless, some game developers reportedly think HD-DVD games would help the Xbox 360 better compete against Sony's upcoming PlayStation 3 and are disappointed with Microsoft's decision.

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