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Microsoft's Xbox could consider Blu-ray support

Discussion in 'Gaming Discussion' started by Nodz86, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Nodz86

    Nodz86 ____________

    Essex, England
    LAS VEGAS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's Xbox video gaming unit still fully backs Toshiba Corp's HD-DVD high-definition DVD format but could consider supporting Sony Corp's rival Blu-ray technology should consumers want it, an executive said on Tuesday.

    "It should be consumer choice; and if that's the way they vote, that's something we'll have to consider," Albert Penello, group marketing manager for Xbox hardware said when asked whether Microsoft would support a Blu-ray DVD accessory in the event that HD-DVD failed.

    Microsoft does not believe the surprise decision last week by Time Warner Inc unit Warner Bros, the top seller of home movies, to abandon HD-DVD format in favor of Blu-ray should affect sales of its Xbox 360 video game console, Penello said.

    "I fundamentally don't think ... this has a significant impact on Xbox 360 versus (Sony's) PlayStation 3," Penello told Reuters in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
    "With the PlayStation 2, DVD was a big part in the beginning, but over time, people were not buying it as a DVD player after first year or two," Penello said.

    The Xbox 360 supports a plug-in HD-DVD accessory that is bought separately, while Sony, hoping to give its next-generation video format a leg up, built a Blu-ray player into its PlayStation 3 machine.

    "You can't say it's not a bummer, not a setback, but I've seen this battle declared over so many times," Penello said of Warner's decision.
    "I want consumers to have a voice in this and I think there are a lot of consumers who bought HD-DVD who are going to have a say in how this shakes out."
    Warner Bros is the movie division of media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. (Reporting by Scott Hillis, editing by Gerald E. McCormick, Richard Chang)

    Source: The Guardian
  2. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator
    tduck team Admin

    What's funny about this is that Microsoft was going to announce an Xbox Ultimate with a built-in HD-DVD drive but due to Warner Bros move to switch to Blu-ray exclusively and it looks like Paramount and Universal are about to follow suit.
  3. Nodz86

    Nodz86 ____________

    Essex, England
    They will probably delay it and when the format war is totally over, which it nearly is, release a blu ray one.

    Or they will wait until the next gen xbox.
  4. Nige

    Nige Buy American ....

    Calgary, AB
    OH NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Blue Ray is like the work of a drunken football hooligan lol

    Keep it HD-DVD, Microsoft don't give sony the psychological edge please don't !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I really do hate Sony, WOOO HOOO for Microsoft fanboys like me :D:p:D lol.
  5. Pherelas

    Pherelas I'm Going Slightly mad

    The Dark Side of the Moon
    Dunno its a better technology blueray but its Sony, they will charge everyone a fortune to use it probably while I need toshiba would probably do better. Sony do have a knack of making great things and ruiening them with huge prices, k850i, PS3....
  6. Baldy

    Baldy Wibble Wobble

    Lancashire, UK
    yep i agree with that thank god i got my k850i free on my contract. Although it would be good for blu-ray to come to the 360 i don't think ms should ditch hd-dvd so maybe just add a blu-ray add on for around the same price as the hd-dvd player add on.
  7. MCW


    Armagh, Ireland
    The elite should have the HD DVD player in built. Give us something free MS!

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