Microsoft: No Blu-ray Helped Xbox 360 Double PS3 Install Base

Apparently Microsoft is the only one betting on digital distribution.

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Microsoft: No Blu-ray Helped Xbox 360 Double PS3 Install Base
Uh oh, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg's at it again. He's doing that 'talking' thing, which makes him say stuff. This time, he's told Edge Magazine that the reason the Xbox 360 has "almost twice" the install base of the PlayStation 3 is because it lacks a Blu-ray drive.

"Being $100 cheaper [than PS3] is part of the reason we're nearly twice their installed base," Greenberg said. "Sony bet on the physical disc, and there are costs associated with that. The fact that we're able to offer a console starting at $199 is a benefit of not being burdened with that cost."

So, Aaron, what exactly is that slot in the front of the Xbox 360 for? Is is a cup holder? Moving on...

The Xbox director of product management continued by saying as an alternative to the Blu-ray media, Microsoft instead bet on digital distribution - a move he says has paid off. "That was the future - the ability to [play] 1080p movies with no disc, no download required; we have the largest movie and TV library, the largest HD library of any console."

His comments should be assumed to be referring to the North American territory, where the Xbox 360 has the lead over its Sony-built competition. In Europe the two consoles are pretty much on even pegging, while Japan... well, let's not go there.

Via CVG.


headcasephil 16 Mar 2010 10:07
this bores me all consoles on the market are doing fantastic the 360 had a big lead if sony got the ps3 out before or even a month or so after the 360 the lead would be a hell of a different
Tamikaze 16 Mar 2010 10:16
For god sake, i wish Microsoft would just shut up.

They keep banging on about their downloadable content and their digital distribution of movies and TV and so on. But who cares? last i checked the XBOX 360 was in the video game industry, which i don't know is about video games? Who cares that you can offer a user a wide range of movies, your bragging about something that no one wanted to do in the first place because they focused on game software which Microsoft doesn't seem to do.
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ND 16 Mar 2010 14:04
I'd happily use my 360 for watching stuff as well as games, but it's too damn noisy.
config 17 Mar 2010 17:14
Anyone know what the bitrate is for these here streamed "1080p movies with no disc, no download required"?

People throw "HD" around (cough, Sky, cough) , neglecting to mention that the compression required to get it from A-to-B degrades the video, so while it may be 1080p (true story!) the quality is mushy compared to a weightier download or BluRay.

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