Gates Plans to Make Xbox 360 Sexier



During Bill Gates’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he revealed that the Xbox 360 would be getting a little sexier in 2006 with the addition of an external HD-DVD drive.

There’s been speculation for several months over where Microsoft stood on the higher capacity optical discs while standards were fought over between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, both of which hold many gigabytes more data than the now standard DVD-Rom drives. It was thought by most that Microsoft would be releasing the Xbox 360 with the standard DVD and forgoing the others altogther, although some rumors talked about an add-on later. Turns out the rumors is what everyone should have listened to.

The details of the release were quite vague, stating only that it would happen in 2006 and making no mention of pricing or other details, but it certainly seems that Microsoft has thrown down the hammer in their support of HD-DVD. A question in my mind, with Sony and Blu-Ray on one side and Microsoft with their HD-DVD on the other, is where that leaves Nintendo with their storage media. My guess is that Nintendo will do what it always does: go its own way.



During Bill Gates’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he revealed that the Xbox 360 would be getting a little sexier in 2006 with the addition of an external HD-DVD drive.

There’s been speculation for several months over where Microsoft stood on the higher capacity optical discs while standards were fought over between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, both of which hold many gigabytes more data than the now standard DVD-Rom drives. It was thought by most that Microsoft would be releasing the Xbox 360 with the standard DVD and forgoing the others altogther, although some rumors talked about an add-on later. Turns out the rumors is what everyone should have listened to.

The details of the release were quite vague, stating only that it would happen in 2006 and making no mention of pricing or other details, but it certainly seems that Microsoft has thrown down the hammer in their support of HD-DVD. A question in my mind, with Sony and Blu-Ray on one side and Microsoft with their HD-DVD on the other, is where that leaves Nintendo with their storage media. My guess is that Nintendo will do what it always does: go its own way.

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