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.