We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360

 

 

During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360. I wanted to clear something up. Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC. As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360. In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies. With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.

 

 

 

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  • yamayamayaamaa

    DVD9 can’t last much longer, especially since TDK has created a 10-layer blu-ray disk with a 320 GB capacity.

    I’m just saying.

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  • NICK982002

    Hurray another thing in Canada i wont be able to use I’ll just continue downloading my movies

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  • My Big Boss

    Blu-Ray is just an excuse for not having a good render system.
    -You don’t necessarily need Blu-Ray if you wanna get all you stuff onto a disc.

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  • My Big Boss

    >Major Nelson can you make all the links Blue its almost impossible to read the word without highlight it.

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  • The Dukenator

    Could anyone do a Kanye West meme of this?

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  • xXraYmaN717Xx

    I don’t care i’ve got a 360 and a blu-ray player! either way, im good!

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  • Azor

    Sorry Major – this is not a solution.

    First, I like collecting certain movies to watch multiple times or to own the physical content with any extras.

    Second, my ISP (Rogers) is a bastard and limits bandwidth to 60GB/month and ridiculous charges after that. A 6gig movie download will blow out 10% of my monthly allowance in just 2 hours.

    Third, your too damn expensive for your rentals with all your restrictions, especially for Canadians since the CDN$ is basically par with the US$ and has been for awhile.

    Fourth, very limited selection for people outside the US. No TV shows for outside US. I have come to like purchasing TV shows – $40 or so for an ENTIRE SEASON that I can buy and physically own the discs – to either resell or give away or keep as I want.

    MS plan for no Bluray drive just means the CDN$299 PS3 looks very attractive – and the stand alone drives are now well below $200 and dropping fast. I would like my 360 to be my entertainment hub, but it just can’t be with so many limitations. Not to mention it can’t even playback the video my Canon SD960 digital camera records. The fact of the matter is that the 360, although it has the capability to do it all, will never do it all because MS believes in forcing customers into tight restrictions and heavy limitations.

    So, the 360 will remain just a gaming box for many.

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  • davidkenobi

    thanks for the update, we pass the message. Lot of noise about nothing.

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  • CyberKnight

    Ugh, I get so tired of hearing people say “discs are dead, digital distribution is the future.”

    You can’t borrow, loan, trade, or sell a digitally-distributed movie. Heck, in most cases, you can’t even move it from one device to another without breaking some kind of copy-protection scheme (which, thanks to the DMCA, is illegal). Not to mention you only get the movie; I have yet to see a downloaded movie that has alternate viewing angles, audio tracks, producer/director commentary, captions, video overlays, or so much as a flippin’ chapter menu.

    And the same goes for games. I loaned my copy of Left 4 Dead to a friend just this month. Try doing that with a “Games on Demand” or Xbox Live Arcade title.

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  • Quezcotl

    Yeah, what about Europe? we wont get that Hd-movie support.
    however, I already got a blu-ray in my ps3, so im covered, but for others? blu-ray kick-ass and I recommend everyone to get a ps3 so they can get a blu-ray.

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  • A Place for Us

    How about you put a Blu-ray drive in the next console? Forza Motorsport 3 would have easily made it onto one disc then.

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  • Anonymous

    LOL….. Just take the loss Microsoft. Blu-Ray won over and now you’re all butthurt over it by not putting out an add-on.
    Either release the add-on or drop the ridiculous price of the Hard Drives if you want customers to “enjoy the experience”.
    I seriously doubt anyone can “enjoy the experience” of getting beat in the head by abusing price marks.

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  • XxLightkunxX

    You do realize major that, while I LOVE the 360 and, I must say it’s my favorite system, the PS3 is building steam because of what it offers as far as entertainment goes. A PS3 now is $300 and you get : Free Blu-Ray player, Free Online, Free Wireless capabilities, and a few other things. I own the Elite, and have wireless. Both of those were gifts…but take into account how much you’d have to pay to get THOSE now. 360 ($300) + Wireless ($100 for those who want to utilize the upcoming update) + No Blu Ray//HD-DVD drive that was a useless add-on. It’s plain to see why people are starting to come over to the PS3 side. It sucks, but it’s just how it’s turned out in the end.

    If you all at M$ wouldn’t charge so much for the wireless adapters, hard drives, the controllers and other accessories, maybe more and more people who have no idea what a 360 is would have more to look at considering Christmas is coming up. I love the 360 buuuuut damn I’ve had a hell of a time making sure everything on my system works. Not to mention I’m on my 3rd system.

    That’s what happens when you rush a console out MS, crap TENDS to not work out completely the way you want it to.

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  • Anonymous

    Oh and not to mention the amount of bandwidth it would take to download and stream 1080p videos. Seems like they haven’t heard of “monthly bandwidth caps”.

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  • Quicksilver4648

    I don’t have an internet connection that can even handle 480p streaming so please release a Blu-Ray add-on.

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  • SacredCrayon

    UGH, Blu-Ray is so overrated.

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  • WeezinTheJuice

    Without leaving YOUR customers an option for watching their OWN movies without having to PAY everytime they want to watch it? The only reason I initially bought a PS3 last month was for Blu Ray but now I *LOVE* it! M$ is shootin themselves in the foot by burning their own customers.

    BTW, is $50 a year just to play online NOT enough to give your customers more options that this? You guys will lose gamers to Sony because of this, youve already begun to lose me and many others!

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  • yolarrydabomb

    How about the people that doesn’t got decent internet to steam 1080p huh? Hope you guys not taking out the CD drive on the next xbox or I be fucked!

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  • XandizitxU

    Just to say, if u joined the preview and were accepted just enter on a game and the dash will update!

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  • blackdevil4589

    I got into the preview…wuhuuuu

    BUT!!!! i cant connect to my twitter account.. everytime i type in my password i can clearly see that the password in the box is WAY LONGER than my password!… HELP.

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  • The Dukenator

    If you did join the preview, you might want to read up on the unauthorized memory units issue

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  • blackdevil4589

    i dont have any unauthorized memory units ^^

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  • Anonymous

    Nice to know that my 360 won’t recognize any unauthorized devices now, should I decide to sell of this system and convert back to PS3 at the rate Microsoft is going.

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  • Buckaroo Banzai

    The reality is that I don’t have the bandwidth to get instant-on 1080p streaming movies. And I, like many, like to also own physical media. So, now instead of my 360 being the only box attached to my TV and only having one UI to deal with (which I would love to be the case), I had to buy a Blu Ray player. So now I have two boxes and two UIs, both of which provide me with hi-def content (and both have netflix too). I would have gladly given Microsoft $200 for an add-on Blu-Ray drive, daisy-chained with my HD-DVD drive, and had a single, uniform experience. Instead, I gave LG $250 for a complete player.

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  • Blinx88

    we should get a blue ray drive then we’ll have no more multiple discs🙂

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