Report: Microsoft says no Blu-ray for Xbox 360

“Microsoft Corp is not in talks to include Sony Corp’s Blu-ray high-definition DVD technology in its Xbox 360 video game console, an executive said on Wednesday,” Scott Hillis reports for Reuters.

“The comments by Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, poured cold water on recent speculation that Microsoft could support Blu-ray after Toshiba Corp, backer of the rival HD DVD format, gave up when key movie studios and retailers abandoned the technology,” Hillis reports. “‘Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,’ Greenberg told Reuters in an interview.”

MacDailyNews Take: Mickeysoft must think Blu clashes with their patented Red Ring of Death.

Hillis continues, “The software giant also expected that supply problems for the Xbox 360 meant the machine was outsold in the U.S. market by Sony’s PlayStation 3 console in February for the second month in a row.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

  1. “the Xbox experience”

    “Are you experienced?
    Uh! Have you ever been experienced?
    Well, I have.
    I know, I know
    You’ll probably scream n’ cry
    That your little world won’t let go!
    But who in your measly little world are trying to prove that
    You’re made out of gold and uh, can’t be sold?”

  2. @Macintosh: “F*ck Blu-Ray. Download only for me. People actually drive to pick up computer files on discs still? WTF?”

    Yikes! I remember sneaker nets. The only time I get physical media is when some one is passing on a huge file of photos or videos.

    So XBox won’t have the ability to play movies or the new games produced on these Blu-Ray disks! Can you imagine the colplexity and richness that games on Blu-Ray can benefit from?

    What are the thinking?

  3. Good think i don’t drive to a store, i order all my blu rays online and have them delivered to my home. I have over 20 blu rays and the thought of having everyone of those movies on my computer or appleTV is scary. Shoot my 20 blu’s is already about 1,000 gigs. Why would I want to have all that file space taken up on my computer.

  4. @Macintosh,

    People like me don’t drive to get discs, but instead use Netflix. I never thought I would like a service like that, but I love it. I guess if you are an impulsive movie watcher, it might not be for you. But it works great for me. It has by far the best selection and you can’t beat the price. I end up paying less than $2 per movie, and there is no time limit on when or how many times I can watch them. When iTunes can compare with the selection, price, and viewing terms I might give Apple TV a try.

  5. @cptnkirk:

    Yeah, games make more sense… I am leaning towards downloading of movies. It’s obviously headed to a download only scenario, just like music is now. I just think Blu-Ray will slow that down a little… People will go buy stand-alone Blu-Ray players and such…

    @ John B:

    I had Netfilx for a year or so, and I agree that iTunes needs a catalog of movies comparable to Netflix. That seems to be in progress now.

    One thing that I didn’t like about Netflix is my mood while selecting movies online, and my mood when they arrived never matched. I would be Mr. Drama guy or something while selecting, but the next day maybe I felt more like watching an Adam Sandler comedy…

  6. This just proves that what everyone suspected about MS’s support of HD-DVD is true. That they could not care less about giving the consumers access to HD content, and that it was really all about some mutual back-scratching with their manufacturing friends and screwing Blu-Ray (and PS3), out of a “win.”

    It was all a big dodge to try and bankrupt Sony and stop the PS3 from horning in on Xbox. Now they have lost, they don’t care about HD content or their customers who want to see it at all.

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