According to reports, Toshiba and Samsung are combining their efforts to create an external disc drive for the XBox 360.
The add-on, if it exists, would be expected to retail in the US for around $100 to $150 (around £58-86).
That would put the Xbox back in competition with Sony’s PlayStation 3 in the high-definition stakes, since Blu-ray whopped HD DVD’s ass back in February of this year.
It still leaves Microsoft without a player inside one of its games consoles – although the company has always preferred such items to be peripherals and never even bothered to produce a dedicated HD DVD version of the Xbox 360.
Naturally, Microsoft is sticking to its policy of "no comment" when it comes to rumours, even if X-bit Labs claims to have the skinny from "sources close to the Toshiba-Samsung partnership".