According to a Eurogamer report, Microsoft says that it currently has no plans to release an xbox 360 equipped with a next-generation DVD player in.
The unusually direct statement is a straightforward denial of a report from a Japanese news service yesterday, which claimed that the company planned to launch an HD-DVD compatible Xbox 360 in 2006.
Microsoft, in both America and Japan, has not announced anything regarding the possibility of a next generation DVD drive being placed in the Xbox 360, a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN. There are currently no plans to release an Xbox 360 equipped with a next generation DVD player.
Which is fair enough, although you do wish they’d make their minds up. Back in August, Bill Gates himself said: We are looking at whether future versions of Xbox 360 will incorporate an additional capacity of an HD-DVD player or something else.
And just last month, Microsoft’s Japanese Xbox chief Yoshihiro Maruyama said, it’s a possibility although he did add that it wouldn’t have anything to do with games. If the Xbox 360 uses a next-generation DVD drive in the future, it will only be used for watching movies that run on next-generation DVDs, he said.