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Latest Xbox 720 rumours suggest absence of Blu-ray drive

by Mark Tyson on 6 March 2013, 09:58

Tags: Xbox, PC

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The next Microsoft Xbox will not contain a Blu-ray player according to a source speaking to Gaming Capacity online magazine. The source, who “had hands-on time” with the new console, also said the new console is around three times more powerful than the Xbox 360, and that both Arcade and Pro versions will be available at launch.

Gaming Capacity noted that its source has spoken under condition of anonymity so these rumours are not easy to verify. However many of the details revealed are similar to what other rumours have put forward – except for the lack of a Blu-ray drive.

Key details from the Xbox 720 rumoured spec are as follows:

  • AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, Direct3d 11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • The new ’720′ will have 3x the processing speed of the current 360
  • 2 launch versions; 320GB Arcade / 500GB Pro, 1TB HDD available as a separate purchase
  • It will not include Blu-ray

Really no Blu-ray?

Previous spec leaks concerning the Xbox 720, from bigger name sources than this one, have included a Blu-ray drive in the mix of components. GamesRadar Managing Editor Tom Magrino said of the most recent rumour; “I avoid absolutes as a rule, that said, there is a zero percent chance that the next Xbox will ship without a Blu-ray player,” Magrino asserted “Setting aside the wealth of leaks from reliable sources, Microsoft's strategy for years has been to turn the Xbox into the de facto media hub for every family's living room, not just a game console.” He concluded that “It can’t, with a straight face, continue to make that claim without a Blu-ray player, seeing as that is the future of physical media”.

Steam Box is no competition

In related news Don Mattrick, president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, has said that Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Google are the main competitors that could trouble its future console business. Mattrick responded to a question about whether the Steam Box was a serious console competitor, during Microsoft’s recent TechForum with a simple “no”. However he did concede that Valve is “doing some innovative stuff”.



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The future of physical media is that there wont be any... not Blu-Ray.

If that is not obvious to Tom Magrino (which it doesn't seem to be) he needs to consider working in an industry that doesn't move so quickly so that he can actually keep up.
Biscuit
The future of physical media is that there wont be any... not Blu-Ray.

If that is not obvious to Tom Magrino (which it doesn't seem to be) he needs to consider working in an industry that doesn't move so quickly so that he can actually keep up.

Exactly, he was making sense right up until he claimed Blu-ray is the future of physical medium. I think it'd be a bad idea to skip out on one for the whole home entertainment hub perspective. But I can equally see Microsoft wanting to deliver media content over XBL, and they don't mind boning the consumer for profits if they can (and likely would) get away with it.
The future is a long way off. I still have my CD collection and buy CDs. I still have my DVD collection and buy DVDs. I currently have 1 Bluray. Sure I'm not as hip and trendy as the kids with iTunes, but there's still a generation older than me who like a physical medium.
Bit silly really, unless they want to sell cheap high quality downloads/rentals and subsidise 100mbs lines
Sorry, disagree (edit, this was originally a reply to biscuit!) - at least in the kind of timescales we should be using for discussing consoles.

There's still enough people around who like physical media that the market will not disappear in the near future. The 360 lasted 8 years, and if the 720 lasts a similar time we could have a serious discussion about media requirement for its successor - but I really can't see physical media dieing in the kind of timescales required to make bluray playback irrelevant to the 720 (i.e. within the next year or two).

And of course, if physical media did die that quickly, in a couple of years they could release a cheaper version without blu-ray: win win :D