HD DVD Drive for Xbox 360 announced

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2005 in a keynote address that kicked off the show, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced that an external HD DVD drive will be released for the system later this year. HD DVD from Toshiba is a next-gen disc format to follow-up DVD, and will soon be fighting for the new disc market along with Blue Ray discs, an opposing format and one that Sony will be using in their Playstation 3 system. A price for the drive was not announced but standalone drives are expected to cost in excess of $300. While games can most definitely use the new format (already there are next-gen games in the works for Xbox 360 that have to use multiple DVD’s due to space restrictions) so far it sounds like the new format will mainly be used for movies. We’ll keep you posted on this as more information is released in the coming months.

Also of interest to Xbox 360 owners is the announcement that Capcom’s landmark fighter Street Fighter 2 will be coming to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade, making it the first game from the great Japanese developer Capcom to be released via the Arcade, hopefully a trend that will continue.