No 360 games on HD DVD

Friday 18 August 2006
Microsoft has doused a blaze of speculation regarding the upcoming HD DVD drive for Xbox 360, stating clearly that the external player is "designed exclusively for playing HD DVD movies. It will not play games".

It had been rumoured that Microsoft would sound out sales of the 360 add-on before releasing a number of HD DVD games, firing up paranoia that gamers who refused to upgrade would be snubbed.

"Games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion clearly show that beautiful high-def graphics and huge, immersive worlds are possible on the DVD9 format," a Microsoft spokesperson informed US website The drive will be released later this year, will connect to Xbox 360 via USB and will cost $200 (about %26pound;105).