CES: Microsoft delivers HD-DVD blow

Just as things weren't looking quite so dire for HD-DVD, long-time champion Microsoft has gone and let slip that it might consider switching to Blu-ra

That's a turnaround from previous statements, which completely quashed any suggestion of a switch of formats for the next-gen console.

Speaking at CES, Xbox group marketing manager, Albert Penello, told Reuters: "It should be consumer choice; and if that's the way they vote, that's something we'll have to consider."

Translation: if HD-DVD turns out to be a turkey, we'll be there for the shoot.

Not that Microsoft has lost all faith. He did add that "there are a lot of consumers who bought HD-DVD who are going to have a say in how this shakes out".

So there you have it, HD-DVD fans: keep buying those movies.