Microsoft has put the kibosh on rumors that future Xboxes will have an internal HD DVD drive.

In a story from Home Media Retailing, it had been reported by "an Australian-based Toshiba executive" that the "Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, which plans to offer an external HD DVD drive for the 360," would move "to supplying an internal drive."

"Saw a few stories online about an Xbox 360 with a built-in HD DVD drive: not true," stated Microsoft's Cesar Menendez on the site Gamerscoreblog.com.

He went on to say that keeping a drive external will give consumers a choice in the kind of "high-def experiences" they want.

Lastly, Menendez offered, "We have no plans to release an Xbox 360 with an internal HD DVD. What we showcased at E3 was an external HD DVD drive, and we're sticking with that."

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