MS said their next crapbox would store the games on the HD now we know why. MS, to cheap to include the Blue Ray license so they will sell it with the drive crippled and the MS tools will have to put up extra cash to enable it on their own. The little MS fanboys won't care, they enjoy paying a fee to play online too and will gladly allow MS/FED spy on them with the alway on internet and camera too. Oh and good luck selling or buying any used games for the next Crapbox too, tools.
the reason they wouldnt and shouldnt go with HDDVD is the simple reason that gaming consoles are no longer JUST gaming consoles. they are media centers/htpc-like. blu ray is the standard for movies nowadays and Im sure as hell customers wont like buying a console that cant play bluray movies. then HDDVD would have to battle Blu ray all over again just to become relevant in the movie business(and we all saw how that turned out last time). not to mention investing mountains of cash in mass producing these discs and convincing the movie publishers that its worth their money.
HDDVD would resolve them for the gaming aspect, but it would fail at everything else. right now, blu ray seems to be the only viable solution.
I'll add crap like Blu-ray console exclusivity to my list of reasons why I wish HD-DVD had won the format war. HD-DVD devices and media (both blank and pressed) were cheaper and the format was more feature complete at launch. The Blu-ray spec required numerous updates to reach its current state, although thankfully most of the hardware was able to make use of firmware updates to remain compatible.
Yes the HD-DVD Format would work just fine for them, that would get them around paying Sony for Bluray licensing Fee's. HD-DVD's hold twice the Data of a standard DVD so they would be sufficient enough for this new Console. Costs would be minimum and it would compete just fine with Bluray in the gaming environment. Why put a Bluray drive in a system and then dis function it from playing movies so you don't have to pay fee's to Sony.??? Just put in HD-DVD and be done with it.