Microsoft Says No BD Drive for Xbox 360

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Home Media Magazine | Microsoft Says No BD Drive for Xbox 360


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[FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT][FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Microsoft has denied reports out of China’s Economic Daily News publication that a Blu-ray Disc drive is in the works for the Xbox 360.

Earlier in May, the newspaper reported that Microsoft had tapped Pegatron Technology to manufacture Xbox 360s with internal Blu-ray drives, with the new gaming systems hitting stores in the fall.
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No No No Absolutely untrue Now introducing the Elite!
 
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:) . This is absolutely true until 60 seconds from now, thats about how far you can believe a company press release. Everyone should have learned that from Paramount and WB.
 
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hmmmmm....IF it is true, I won't buy a PS3 on Monday.
 
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I find it hard to think they wouldnt consider the profit possibility, but who knows. This has been denied so many times its not even funny.
 
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yes... no... yes... no... I'll believe it when Microsoft makes the announcement. It's funny. "My friend who used to work for the HD-DVD division and now works for XBox, Zune." Did Amir ever say what he was doing after he left last fall? I know he said he was messing with BD stuff and comparing audio.

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Amir, err, "retired." Perhaps a bit earlier than he planned.
 
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While I've always hated this rumor, would be nice to see something like this come out and deflate some of this hype around Sony's Wii-like strategy with the new 80gb MGS bundle. Reports of Gamestops only getting/expecting to receive like 4 of them. They haven't been sending new 80gbs to retailers for a couple months and have never had problems meeting demand... and now IMO they're shorting supply to generate a 'marketing by availability' hype machine.

Guess we'll find out tomorrow, been way too much smoke for there not to be some fire I guess.

Can anyone clarify the shortcomings with the BD drive on the PS3? Are all BD drives locked at a fixed reading speed like that (or maybe I am misunderstanding it?), or could a 'nicer drive' solve this, and the PS3 just uses earlier tech?
 
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Nothing wrong with the drive in the PS3. Just the way it is.
 
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Did Amir ever say what he was doing after he left last fall?
Yes, he did. Nothing.
I know he said he was messing with BD stuff and comparing audio.
That was only to bring the audio "specialist" RBFilms down to earth:
the 96kHz soundtrack in BD's Nature's Jorney has nothing above the 48kHz track in HD DVD.

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Yes, he did. Nothing.
That was only to bring the audio "specialist" RBFilms down to earth:
the 96kHz soundtrack in BD's Nature's Jorney has nothing above the 48kHz track in HD DVD.

Diogen.

The video sure as hell wasn't better. Rich whined and blamed VC-1. He claimed AVC would show Blu-Ray was better. However, he refused to put out a HD DVD disc to show otherwise. Hell, he could release the last HD DVD and make collectors happy. However, he claimed his "mistreatment" on AVS is why he wouldn't ever do HD DVD. Anyhoo, this isn't the war zone.

MS (and/or Toshiba) took a bath on the HD DVD add-on drives. MS wisely kept their lead in the US game console market by keeping costs down.

A Blu-Ray add-on would be about $200 with current prices. MS could get the drive from LG or Panasonic if the taste of doing business with Sony (actually Pioneer) is too distasteful.
 
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They say no again.


Robbie Bach / MICROSOFT ENTERTAINMENT & DEVICES DIVISION PRESIDENT: "We ship lots of 3G phones already on Windows Mobile. ... We will outsell the iPhone. We will outsell the BlackBerry."


Q: So no plans for Blu-ray in the next generation Xbox?
A: No. There is nothing to even talk about right now with regard to the next generation. That is so far out that there isn't anything to talk about.
Q: Just the same, we are coming up on a few years now with the Xbox 360. Is there some point when you start to say that we need to start looking at its replacement?
A: There is no real projection on that. The last generation for the Xbox was a little short because we entered the market a little bit later in the cycle. I suspect this time the cycle will be a little bit longer for us.
In terms of our actual thinking about that, we started thinking about the next generation before we finished creating the last one. It's a continuous process. We're always thinking about new ideas and new things. We don't have anything specific to talk about. There are so many things going on in the current generation that will keep us more than occupied for the foreseeable future.
 
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Rich whined and blamed VC-1.
Did he ever do anything but?
Windows laptops are only worth to be driven over with SUVs...
Nobody (but him) understands what high end audio is about...
His girlfriend hears the difference between 16bit and 20bit on Bose car speakers...
Jitter is introduced while transfering audio between hard drives...
And my favorite: Real audio pros never use dither...
he claimed his "mistreatment" on AVS is why he wouldn't ever do HD DVD.
This is why he got such a warm welcome at brcom...
A Blu-Ray add-on would be about $200 with current prices.
I really can't understand the nature of those rumors.
Sony f*cked up with BD drive inclusion in the PS3. Kutaragi was fired for that.

The only one way to feel better is to see another console maker is as stupid as you are? Is that it?

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Yeah, by including that drive in the PS3 they won faster than expected. Yep, big error! :rolleyes:
 
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I think the PS3's huge volume is what won the war but HD DVD was with a scheduled WB press conference away from being able to out last BD in a long race. New formats usually don't deal with numbers in the millions and the PS3 gave BD that advantage. Even with the low attach rate the volume was just to much.
 

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