informa
2 min read
article

Microsoft Strengthens HD-DVD Ties With Toshiba

With confusion reigning over the continued talks between Toshiba and Sony regarding a unified nex...
With confusion reigning over the continued talks between Toshiba and Sony regarding a unified next generation disc format, Microsoft has lent its support to Toshiba’s HD-DVD technology, with the two companies announcing a formal alliance to develop HD-DVD technology and software together via a Japanese press conference, according to Bloomberg News. Since Sony is Blu-ray’s most high-profile supporter, Microsoft has long been linked with Toshiba and their HD-DVD format. Toshiba executives had tried to convince Microsoft to use the technology in the Xbox 360, although the continued arguments over a unified format and the early release of the console quickly made this impossible. Despite this, Toshiba and Microsoft have announced that they will be strengthening their joint development of PCs and other products. In May, the two companies announced a cross-licensing agreement. This allowed the two parties to use each other's patents on computer and digital electronics technologies, paving the way for today’s further strengthening of their business ties. Officials have now confirmed that the two companies will be working together on the development of HD-DVD players using Microsoft Windows software, a move that Toshiba hopes will help lower its development costs for the next-generation DVD player. "We think the agreement will have practical benefits such as lower costs and shorter development times", Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told a news conference in Tokyo, also attended by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Despite this move, Gates maintained, in comments at the same press conference, that Microsoft remains neutral in the disc format battle, not explicitly supporting either side. This and other concerns make it unlikely that the Xbox 360 will feature any kind of HD-DVD compatible peripheral in the near future, though the Microsoft Chairman confirmed: "We are looking at whether future versions of Xbox 360 will incorporate an additional capability of an HD DVD player or something else."

Latest Jobs

Studio Pixanoh LLC

Los Angeles, California
05.20.22
Combat Designer

Treyarch

Playa Vista, California or Vancouver, BC
05.20.22
AI Engineer

Question

Remote
05.20.22
Lead Level Designer (South Park)

Remedy Entertainment

Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
05.23.22
Rigging Artist
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more