Microsoft’s stance in the ongoing high-definition DVD war has been well known. But in the wake of some rather stunning recent developments, that stance appears to be softening.
At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, a spokesman for Microsoft — a longtime supporter of the HD-DVD format — said the company wasn’t against the idea of releasing an add-on that supports the Blu-ray discs currently playable in Sony’s PlayStation 3.
The Blu-ray camp got a significant boost this week when Warner Bros. announced plans to support the format exclusively, shunning HD-DVD altogether. Other major studios are expected to follow Warner’s lead and, if that happens, HD-DVD’s days will be numbered.
“It should be consumer choice; and if that’s the way they vote, that’s something we’ll have to consider,” Xbox group marketing manager Albert Penello told Reuters.
While that’s not an out-and-out endorsement of the Blu-ray format, it’s certainly a sign that Microsoft is leaving the door open for the future.
So much for that Xbox 360 with a built-in HD-DVD drive.