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Microsoft reiterates: Blu-ray not coming to Xbox 360

by Parm Mann on 10 October 2008, 13:19

Tags: Xbox 360, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360

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In Microsoft's latest blogcast from TGS '08, Xbox Live's Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) and Aaron Greenberg (BIGVIP) have once again confirmed that Blu-ray functionality is not coming to the Xbox 360 console.

The rumour that simply doesn't seem to go away, reappeared earlier this week with Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp. reported to be bringing an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on device to retail.

In a possibly futile attempt to put the rumour to bed once and for all, Aaron Greenberg states:

"We have no plans to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience. We believe that we shouldn't force consumers to pay for things they don't want, we also believe that the future is digital, and that's why we've invested in a massive library of entertainment content."

"It's pretty clear that Blu-ray is not the next DVD, the days of one physical format being the standard I think are gone."

There you have it, folks. Don't be expecting to play Blu-ray discs on an Xbox 360 anytime soon, if at all.

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i agree. electronic downloading of media files is the future. stores like HMV and Zavvi will be none existant in the future i reckon.
stores like HMV and Zavvi will be none existant in the future i reckon.

Thats alot further away than most people would like to think though…
I wouldn't go that far Josh. Digital distribution definitely has its place, but retail stores won't go the way of the dodo.

The two will live side by side, I reckon. Similar to the way the music industry works today, services like iTunes and Amazon MP3 are hugely successful, but there will always be CDs in stores for those who prefer a hard copy.

Personally, I'd prefer to use digital distribution. But I know lots of people who prefer to have the physical item.
Thats alot further away than most people would like to think though…

maybe so but digital content is coming mate and as soon as your beloved hd tv has a built in wireless and hdd in it, you will be able to download movies with your remote control. That would ineffectively begin the downfall of retails shops like HMV as if your grandparents can operate a remote control, they will be able to download whatever they want :)

Sky tv is thinking of streaming all there content on the internet and getting rid of satalite dish. fibre optic is coming people, and the amount of speed in which could be used in internet connection is impressive
how can anyone think digital is the way forward when isp's cap you for 5GB of data usage…..

I mean really come on lol. A full BluRay movie in digital format is well over 20GB each. If your going to get files like that over the internet then you will need to get a hell of a lot faster line and a far bigger usage tarrif that doesnt cost the earth.