Saturday, December 10, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
U.S. Confirms Samsung and LG Dumped Washers
Xiaomi Electric Vehicle Launch on Monday, Yeelight LED Ceiling Light Launched
Hon Hai, Sharp To Build Massive LCD TV Plant In China
U.S. To Review Cyber Attacks Beyond 2016 Election
Samsung To Brick Remaining Note7 Device Through Software Update
Samsung SDI to Supply Batteries To Lucid Motors
Samsung To Design And Make Chips For Tesla Cars
Google Opens its Digital Assistant to Developers
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Games > HD-DVD ...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, August 01, 2005
HD-DVD for Xbox 360


The past three days there's been plenty of chatter online about how Bill Gates supposedly said that the Xbox will launch without any optical high definition video support this year, but that Microsoft will be siding with Toshiba and adding HD-DVD support sometime after the launch.

The decision leaves a bad taste in the mouths of plenty of gamers, and if it's true, it may lead some people to wait on their Xbox 360 acquisitions?not everyone has an abundance of space for electronics galore.

The problem with this story is that I can't find anything to corroborate it. While plenty of blogs and news sites write things such as "Bill Gates said that the Xbox will get HD-DVD support next year," there's not a single actual quote out there, and I can't find where they're getting this. I complained about this yesterday in an Opposable Thumbs comment.

I reported this back on June 27 (and expanded on two days later) when Gates said that Microsoft was thinking about HD-DVD, and that the company was partnering with Toshiba on various different projects. This opens the possibility of Microsoft backing HD-DVD, and it even opens the possibility of them adding HD-DVD support to the next-gen Xbox at some point, but this is far from confirmed. Nay, it's just that several sites are recycling news that's a month old. I was having trouble finding the root of the misinformation until someone submitted it to Slashdot. As I expected, it's old news, with a patently incorrect quote summary attributed to Gates. Here's what Gates actually said, according to Bloomberg, which is what my previous reports were centered around:

"The initial shipments of Xbox 360 will be based on today's DVD format," Gates said. "We are looking at whether future versions of Xbox 360 will incorporate an additional capability of an HD DVD player or something else."

Emphasis added. That's it. Nothing else has been said on the matter. It should be stressed: in Japan last month Gates explicitly noted that Microsoft has not yet committed to Blu-ray or HD-DVD. All of these reports about what Bill Gates "said" about an HD-DVD revision are just flat-out wrong, and it's distressing to see how one-month old news, with false analytical interpretation, can get passed around the so-called blogosphere as fact, only to be picked up by other news sites as fact. It's not hearsay we're talking about here, we're talking about claims about what the Chairman of Microsoft said. Maybe I'm just cranky today.

So, is this an open and shut case? No, it's not. If we want to start talking probabilities, then I'll concur: HD-DVD seems like the most likely choice for Microsoft. But let's not put words into the mouth of Mr. Gates.

From Ars Technica



Previous
Next
Twentieth Century Fox to Support Blu-ray Disc Format        All News        JVC announces 3 new standalone DVD recorders
Taiwan makers fail to land Sony PSP wireless module orders     Games News      Xbox 360 Available in Japan, Europe in '05

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
European Commission Approves Acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, Subject to Conditions
Microsoft Is Careful With New Chatbot Zo, Now Available For Testing
Microsoft Offers Grants to Organizations Working to Improve Affordable Internet Access
Microsoft Wants To Bring Something Different in The Smartphone Market
Microsoft's Solitaire Game Now Available On iOS And Android
Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation, Google Embraces The .NET community
Microsoft Buys 237 Additional Megawatts of Wind Energy
Microsoft Introduces Chat-based Workspace in Office 365
Microsoft Identifies Russia-linked Hackers Exploiting Windows Flaw
Microsoft Researchers Reach Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights First Quarter Results
Microsoft's Cloud Investments In Europe Hits $3 billion

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .