Microsoft Plans Blu-ray for Xbox 360

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Microsoft’s chair throwing overlord Steve Ballmer has stated in an interview that the company plans a Blu-ray drive as an accessory.

When asked whether the Xbox would be getting Blu-ray, he stated it would be available as an extra:

“Well, I don’t know if we need to put Blu-ray in there — you’ll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories.”

This presumably refers to an external optical drive unit connected to the console, an arrangement a number of previous consoles have experimented with, generally with limited success.

Lesser Microsoft flacks refused to confirm the statement, but would not deny it either:

“Our immediate solution for Blu-ray-quality video on an Xbox 360 is coming this fall with Zune Video and 1080p instant-on HD streaming. As far as our future plans are concerned, we’re not ready to comment.”

Via GameSpark.

Update:

Microsoft specifically denies the BD drive as a misunderstanding:

“Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC.

As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360. In fact, the future of home entertainment starts this fall when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies.

With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.”

Reassuring news indeed for all those American households with 100mbps Internet connections…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As if the bluray drive would fix the RROD... losers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they go blu-ray, they need to make their systems more reliable.

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    Comment by Castian
    02:46 27/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which they won't

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cut the movies talk crap, Gamers. Games are getting bigger and DVD's aren't cutting it no more. Period! Some of the hot titles for next year for both X360/PS3 are bigger them just 1 DVD. FFXIII! One of FFXIII main problems is that is has to be broken down for the X360. Japan release is Dec on PS3 on 1 Blueray. Rage a new game for 2010/11. The makers said they can on use Bluray just so they get all the details for the game. This it only for beginning.

    X360 may have started the Next Gen race but it looks like they really falling behind.

    x360 $299 + Bluray add-on $100(maybe) = $399
    PS3 $299 with Bluray =$299
    You do the math with your wallet...

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    Comment by Castian
    02:51 27/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Online gamming priced
    And 54% of breaking down
    And Disc destroying features
    And no real exclusives (since they do appear in PC)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its worthless as an accessory since games wont come out in blue ray anyway. So no extra content, just a funky add on for watching movies =(

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    how predictable

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    cock goes where?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Editor: "Damn, we forgot to whipe this PS3 logo off! Quickly re-assemble the merchandise before it leaks out!"

    *cough* xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn! the Blu-ray accesories can solve the problem of Huge games like final fantasy XIII and have the option to give moar life to this console, but the damned chairmans have little vision ! Holy crap!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol going to try and increase sales by getting something sony made? this makes me LOL!!

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    Comment by at-latch
    03:04 07/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish Sony owned the rights to "Blu-ray"...
    Then maybe we could do something like... agreeing to give them rights as long as we don't get a shitty version of Bayonetta.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay, more hardware to buy!
    As if the $100 wireless adapter, the Xbox live subscription, the hard drive (I own an old Xbox 360) and Project Natal coming up were not enough.

    Honestly Microsoft, instead of releasing all these upgrades, release a new system already!

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    Comment by Myremark
    17:16 25/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My opinon 1st "xbox one" is not good name.

    2nd i thing xbox one so much more about buy and rent video entertainment set-top-box then gaming like original "xbox". new xbox one more likely they can not success #1 unit sale like they with xbox 360. I don't to much about PS4 but this is best time sony to coming back to top next 8 more years.

    3rd do not rush to buy xbox one or ps4 lets wait and see, more like they do so much better updates twicks and so much better games very short time more likely 18 months plus price start droping as well for xbox one and ps4 both companys very good sucking money from comsumers. BTW SORRY TYPING ERROR realy not easy typing with screen keybord with xbox 360 grrrrr.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    America, fuck yeah!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow...so lemme get this straight...they're gonna take the BOGGEST current media format, and throw it in as an afterthought, and it's only gonna be for the pc? further proof that MS are retards. that and who really gives a flying fat crap about instant on streaming? they need to fix the rrod first. then maybe the console would sell to other ppl than americans. and the only reason that most ppl buy it now is brand loyalty and patriotism.i'd switch in a heartbeat if a console was better then the one that i had. it just makes sense to do it that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:35 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Author you fail, MS officialy denied that there is NO FUCKING Drive for the Failbox, get your facts fucking right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This much is true

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    Comment by Artefact

    They denied it sometime after his statement was initially circulated, obnoxious anon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microfuckers have hated blu-ray ever since they found out it was on the PS3. Now they'll love it and pretend they felt that way all along. Fucking asswipes all of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    adding something to shit still leaves you with shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    False alarm, it was a misunderstanding. The guy was talking about PCs.

    http://gizmodo.com/5388075/microsoft-says-no-xbox-blu+ray-drives-period-says-ballmer-was-talking-about-pcs [http://gizmodo.com/5388075/microsoft-says-no-xbox-blu ray-drives-period-says-ballmer-was-talking-about-pcs]

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    Comment by Artefact

    Ballmer must be getting popular amongst Microsoft's PR department...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe after 10 years, James will do some comments about it.

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    Comment by appztetra
    01:11 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice info....

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:56 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zune Video as an answer to HD. OMG this man is FUNNY!

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    Comment by N.R.
    16:47 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To anon 23-10-2009 12:41:
    Have fun downloading a 50GB PS3 game.

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    Comment by matrixdude
    05:50 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, this is just futile resistance to the fact that their next console will have to have blu-ray. They won't have the type of success steam has with their consoles.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    05:45 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They may consider a Blu-ray Disc movie player add-on. Xbox 360 games won't ship in the format, there's no advantage in it whatsoever.

    I'm not sure if they should consider the format for the console's successor, maybe they should go with another one that's not essentially owned by Sony, like HVD's or something. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_Versatile_Disc

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know its a big alteration and quite costly, but they should of stopped production on the current model of the 360 roughly a yr or 2 ago when the format war ended with blu-ray being the winner. And started to implement blu-ray into the console and finished the production and be ready to sell them right about now... which is a good counter to the ps3 slim and their price cut.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back when Sony was the only producer of BR drives and disks ?

    Stupid idea if you want to make more money than Sony on the console market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    BR is not a console market .

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hurr durr cannot reed

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    next version of Xbox Using Blu Ray rather than HD-DVD?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    X360 you sore loser XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I fail to see how MS opting to offering a BD add-on equals them being a sore loser :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anything, refusing release a Blu-ray drive when it's in high demands due to them being butthurt would make them a sore loser. Fucking 12 year old anon, go back to bed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and what are you, an 11 year old anon still suckling from your mothers teet? and blu-ray isn't in "high demand".

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    Comment by Hellmen
    02:55 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Xbox 360 + PS3. What will you get from this combination?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A fine console from Microsoft that has NO GAEMS!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like PS360

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't matter... It's pointless anyway... it probably will even cost more than a PS3...so smart people will juz say, 'fuck it... i ain't gonna get myself ripped off again, im getting a PS3.' As for xbox fanfucks or idiots they'll say hurray im sooooo getting this, see that u sony fanboys??? we have blu-ray too....except we don't have blu-ray games....'

    Well, which 1 are ya?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    TENGEN!!
    TOPPA!!!

    GURREN LAGANN!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Giiiiiiiiggggaaaaaaaaaa Ddrrrrriiiiiiiiiiillllll BBbbbbbrreeeeaaaakkkk!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if this is coming out then xbox owners got screwed the 360 already cost more than ps3 with all the accessories added to it. (and yes i do mean both consoles with all accessories and not the crap like guitars and such)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you're stupid of you purchase accessories at the MSRP. Why pay $100 for the wireless adapter if you can get it for $60 someplace else? Shop around for Christs sake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah why buying an wlan adapter for 100$ if you can have it build in. -PS3
    why buying an external bluray drive if you can have it build in. -PS3

    well see something?
    microsoft always used their customers as beta tester so why should they change that now...






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