Blu-Ray has been one of the key selling points of the PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360 has certainly dipped its toe into the HD disc market with the ill-fated HD-DVD add-on accessory. But now that Blu-Ray has taken off, could Microsoft's console receive another add-on that will cater to those without a PS3? If an interview with Gizmodo
is anything to go by, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes so.
Asked about the possibility of adding a Blu-Ray feature to the Xbox 360, Ballmer said; “Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-Ray in there – you'll be able to get Blu-Ray drives as accessories.”
Now, watching the video it could be possible that there is in fact no Blu-Ray add-on coming and Ballmer spoke before thinking through his sentence, and meant to say that any possible implementation would have to come as an external accessory. But it's equally possible that this was a slip of the tongue to an unannounced supporting of the format.
Gizmodo asked for comment from Microsoft and, instead of a flat-out denial, responded with “We're not ready to comment.” Curious.
It would certainly help in Microsoft's strategy if their intention is to break the generational cycle in keeping the Xbox 360 alive for many years to come. When asked whether the introduction of Natal was an attempt to nix the concept of console generations, Ballmer smiled and said “We'll see”.
Other tidbits in the short video clip include Microsoft's plans for Natal – which basically amounts to 'Get it on store shelves, make games for it, hope it sells'. Genius.