In front of an audience at the MIX08 Internet conference, Microsoft
chief executive Steve Ballmer let it be known that the software giant will work with Blu-ray Disc technology now that HD DVD is out of the running.
Microsoft was previously one of the exclusive backers of HD DVD.
Ballmer was quoted by the Seattle-PI
as saying, “We've already been working on, for example, in Windows, device
driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on.
Toshiba has moved on. We've moved on, and we'll support Blu-ray in ways that
A report from the Financial
Times states that Sony is offering a Blu-ray Disc drive to Microsoft
for use in the Xbox 360. FT sources
Sony Electronics president Stan Glasgow as saying that Sony and Microsoft are
currently in discussions over adopting the Blu-ray Disc format. Not made clear,
however, is whether Sony is proposing an add-on drive similar to the one
Toshiba built for Xbox 360 HD DVD support, or if it’ll be built-in for an additional
Microsoft has denied the validity of the report, with a
spokesperson telling Next-Gen,
“There are no plans to introduce Blu-ray. ... In response to Stan Glasgow’s
statement that Blu-ray is a possibility for Xbox 360, we have made no such announcement.
Games are what are driving consumers to purchase game consoles and we remain
focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster games available.”
quote: I see no reason for them to not include the blu-ray player in the next revision of the XBOX and it should be internal.
quote: I don't see them giving up on downloadable content and IP based TV it is our country's weak broadband infrastructure slowing that down.
quote: I agree, we don't have the infrastructure for downloading game content to be the primary means of acquisition.
quote: even on the 360, has proven, the infrastructure is enough in place to make it a viable option.
quote: The 360's HDMI implementation is not the issue. It's HDMI is no more limited than the PS3's HDMI 1.3 (which supports NONE of the optional 1.3 features like bitstream lossless by the way, just the faster data rate so they can officially label it 1.3!).
quote: Someone who is worried about 1.3 probably is going to buy a stand alone player anyway.
quote: Sony will say the Xbox with Blue-Ray is alot more then PS3.
quote: Add in the case and MS could probably do a BD add-on at $150 or so. That's way less than a standalone BD player.
quote: Surely PS3 would have been up S*%^ creek if blu-ray would have went under.
quote: I bought the 360 HD DVD add on knowing HD DVD would fail
quote: The way I look at it is as long as there are HD DVD movies I want to watch it was well worth it, & I plan to buy more movies when the prices drop.
quote: Anyone else a bit surprised? I can't believe Microsoft rolled over so easy.
quote: uld end up being a really smart move though