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January 17, 2006

Xbox 360 Short Notes

Posted by David Hunter at 4:31 PM ET.

The continuing Xbox 360 roll out looks like:

Feb 2: Mexico, Columbia
Feb 24: Korea
Mar 2: Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, NZ

and prices have been announced for Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Microsoft pledges to protect young Xbox Live users in response to a child molestation that was apparently arranged via the service.

Microsoft Denies Plans For Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Support:

Following Microsoft VP of marketing Peter Moore’s remarks in an interview where he claimed Blu-Ray support was possible via another add-on to the Xbox 360, Microsoft have issued a clarification firmly stating that the company has no plans to support Sony’s next-generation media format.

“It is important to understand the context in which that statement was made,” said a company spokesman. “Microsoft firmly stands behind the HD-DVD format as the best choice for our consumers. As we’ve said before, we’re confident that HD-DVD will bring the excitement of high definition movies to the consumer faster and at a greater value. We believe that consumers have signaled what format they want to enjoy high definition DVD and we’re going to follow them down that path.”

“The question of whether Xbox 360 has the flexibility to adapt to consumers’ needs is a different issue entirely,” according to the statement. “Xbox 360 is a future-proofed system – one that allows us to add features as consumers demand them – as evidenced by our offering of the HD-DVD drive as an accessory. Current reports indicating that we have a back-up plan, which includes Blu-Ray support are incorrect.”

Filed under Blu-ray, Executives, General Business, HD DVD, Hardware, Peter Moore, Public Relations, Xbox

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