Microsoft No 'Current' Xbox Blu-ray Plans

Plus: platform holder expects to "trail" in February sales in US

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Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360
Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360
Microsoft is playing down speculation that it is planning to make Blu-ray technology available for the Xbox 360.

Speaking in an interview, Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, said, "Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience."

Note the word “currently”in the statement. That leaves a very real possibility that Microsoft has been in such talks in the past or will be in the future. SPOnG has contacted Microsoft for clarification on the matter, but at the time of press none was available.

Commenting on the death of HD-DVD, Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer said earlier in the month, “We've moved on, and we'll support Blu-ray in ways that make sense.”

Of course, this doesn't necessarily contradict Greenberg's comments, as Microsoft offers more products than the 360 (indeed, Ballmer's comments followed mention of Blu-ray support for Windows). However, his statement did leave the door wide open for Blu-ray support for its games platform.

Greenberg's comments also flatly contradict reported confirmation from Sony Electronics' US CEO, Stan Glasgow, that the two companies are in talks over a Blu-ray drive for the 360.

†Source: Reuters


SuperSaiyan4 13 Mar 2008 11:43
I want choice and I want a blu-ray add-on for my 360 I am sure there are many others out there that also want one I mean sheesh its only a PC drive in a casing how hard can it be!!
Svend Joscelyne 13 Mar 2008 12:00
It's about as hard as Microsoft not wanting to give any of their money made from XBox to Sony, as they'd have to pay some sort of premium just for having the drive there.

And there's your reason. It sucks, I know.
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