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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Moore: Blu-ray Xbox 360 add-on possible

Moore: Blu-ray Xbox 360 add-on possible

"Xbox marketing chief says Microsoft could release peripheral for the Sony-backed disc if HD-DVD loses format war.

At Microsoft's big CES keynote address last week, Bill Gates announced that the company will release an add-on peripheral to read HD-DVD discs on the Xbox 360. Considering that console rival Sony is a primary backer of the competing Blu-ray format of high capacity discs, it came as little surprise that Microsoft would side with Toshiba's HD-DVD standard. The company's support for the HD-DVD camp has been apparently strong, with reports from late last year suggesting the company is offering cash incentives to PC makers that adopt HD-DVD drives into their systems.

However, despite the obvious preference for HD-DVD, it seems Microsoft isn't willing to completely tie its fate to the format just yet. During CES 2006, Microsoft's Xbox corporate VP of worldwide marketing and publishing Peter Moore told Japanese site ITmedia that a Blu-ray Xbox 360 peripheral could appear for the system if the need arises. Moore admitted that Microsoft isn't sure of the next-generation format war's outcome, with the worst-case scenario being a repeat of the Beta vs. VHS war of the '80s.

However, he suggested that whatever the outcome of the HD-DVD/Blu-ray war, the Xbox 360 can adopt the dominant format since its uses an external drive. He also suggested that it's a weak point for PlayStation 3, saying Sony's system is stuck with Blu-ray. Microsoft hasn't announced how the HD-DVD peripheral will connect to the Xbox 360, but it's most likely going to use one of the system's USB ports. While the PS3 may come with Blu-ray out of the box, there's no apparent reason an external HD-DVD drive couldn't be hooked up through that system's USB ports.

Moore once again confirmed that the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 is only for watching movies, and there are currently no plans to use it for games, nor are there plans to release an Xbox 360 with an internal HD-DVD drive." [more]

Was being first THAT important?

Anonymous Anonymous
The thing about this (and the HD-DVD add-on) is that it's an external expansion. Has an external expansion EVERY been successful before?
Recall all of the BS with the Genesis and it's myriad of failed expansions.
Look to the NeoGeo, Jaguar, SuperNES, and others, too.
I think the only thing that's ever been worth a damn are the Gameboy adapters...which were wickedly cheap.
It's great to brag on paper about this, but it's a paper tiger.
It'll be expensive, bulky (seeing how it's external), and likely developer's won't be able to plan for it seeing how most people won't get it.
I say scrap this idea and give us a 200GB hard-drive instead.
With games like PGR having a DEMO that's a gig and a half, we're going to need more space sooner than later.  

Anonymous Anonymous
While the PS3 mayBuy MOP Key come with Blu-ray out of the box, there's no apparent reason an external HD-DVD drive couldn't be Diablo 3 Items hooked up through that system's USB ports.  

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