It was only a matter of time before Microsoft officially discontinued manufacturing the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on, but it took them a few days longer than we expected. Their statement is finally out, and it signals Microsoft’s official withdraw from HD DVD on the console front.
The good news is that they’ll still continue to support and repair your player based on the standard warranty, but chances are you’ll get little future use out of that player now that no movies will be made for it. What’s still unclear is whether there will ever be a Blu-ray add-on to the 360 that’s cheap enough to sell the Xbox + Blu-ray package at a comparable price to the PS3 (US$399ish). We’re guessing that something along these lines will hit within the year. [Gamerscreblog]