In an unsurprising turn of events, Microsoft has decided to discontinue its HD DVD drive add-on for the Xbox 360. The drive became available around the $200 mark a couple of years back, and because of its standard USB interface, it quickly became a popular way to add HD DVD playback support to PCs. However, according to the Gamerscore blog, Microsoft has issued a statement saying it will pull out of the HD DVD camp and stop manufacturing the HD DVD drive.
Unless you've been been stranded on a deserted island for the past few weeks, you'll know that the move is tied to Toshiba's decision to discontinue its HD DVD hardware and effectively kill the format following decisions by many large industry players to back Blu-ray exclusively. Microsoft has said before it was considering the addition of Blu-ray support to the Xbox 360, so a replacement Blu-ray accessory could be on the horizon.
In the meantime, folks who want one of the HD DVD drives—be it to watch their existing stockpile of HD DVD movies or to add an extra item to their failed hardware product museum, next to the Voodoo 5 and Apple Newton—can nab one at Best Buy for just $50.