In a statement issued on the official Gamerscore Blog this morning, a spokesperson has confirmed what we heard unofficially late last week: ‘Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market.‘
It’s not unexpected, of course, but it further concretes Blu-ray as the winner in this particular battle. Whether or not winning the High-Def War will have any impact on PS3 sales is still anyone’s guess, and Microsoft don’t seem to think so: ‘As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own‘, by which we assume the low-bitrate downloads service offered over Live.