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Xbox 360 To Get Blu-ray Drive

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« on: May 15, 2007, 07:46:03 am »

Just saw this on gizmondo.

Looks like Blue Ray beats HD-DVD, thought that might happen.

That’s the rumour of the day, and possibly of the week, since the thought of Microsoft – staunch supporter of HD-DVD – sucking face with Sony – creator of rival format Blu-ray - is almost too much to stomach.

However, Japanese news site ITmedia had an interview with Peter Moore, Microsoft's Xbox corporate VP of worldwide marketing and publishing, and he said that the Xbox 360 could have an add-on Blu-ray drive by Christmas, similar to the add-on HD DVD drive [pictured].

Owners of the portable HD DVD drive for the 360 drive might now be spitting cornflakes across their PCs, especially since it looks like they may have backed the wrong horse in the high-def race. Still, Moore was talking in Japan, where the PlayStation rules, and something like this could help boost the 360's pitiful marketshare over there.

Does it mean that Microsoft, one of THE strongest HD DVD supporters, is losing faith in the format? According to the interview, Moore now thinks that the chances of HD DVD becoming the winning HD standard are looking ‘bleak’. Oh dear.

Still, good news for 360 owners that want to be able to play whatever movie format they like.-Martin Lynch
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