If you were hoping to reduce some living room clutter by slapping an internal HD DVD drive in that Xbox 360, think again, jack. Microsoft just put the kibosh on a certain Toshiba exec's "prediction" that those external HD DVD drives Microsoft was showing off at E3 would find their way integrated into future 360 consoles. In an official statement, Microsoft says they have no plans to integrate the HD DVD drive because they "feel that offering the drive externally is the best way to give consumers the ultimate choice to create their own high definition experiences." Well, that's pretty clear. However, BD believers could interpret that statement to hint at possible support for an external Blu-ray Disc drive -- afterall, that would be the ultimate choice, right? Hell, the next-gen format war is anybody's game at this point so why lock yourself into a format which might lose, or even morph into a unified offering? It's not like Microsoft's alone in hedging their bets now are they?

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Xbox 360 with integrated HD DVD drive? No way.