Monday, 12 September 2011 08:18

360 Blu-ray add-on rumored again

Written by David Stellmack

Here we go again, but this time it might happen
Rumors have ignited again and are burning strong that Microsoft is apparently closer to finally committing to the release of an add-on Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360. It seems this time around the Official Xbox 360 Magazine in Italy is to blame for getting this news started.

The deal this time around that we are hearing is that the add-on drive would add Blu-ray movie playback only and it would not be used for any kind of game storage. It does seem, however, an odd choice for Microsoft to offer this so late into the life cycle of the Xbox 360. The Blu-ray add-on would have to be offered at less than $100 to really give it a chance to be successful, which echoes the thoughts of others who have commented on the topic.

While the development timetable or potential release date is unknown, we suspect that the rumors are really nothing more than just talk. It does seem, however, that the Blu-ray option add-on would be valuable to Microsoft in that it would be able to play Blu-ray format movies (which have been catching on a little better); but we think they are still committed to downloading and streaming which makes the possibility of a Blu-ray add-on much less likely, but you never know.

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+6 #1 Silentwalker 2011-09-12 12:18
I highly doubt that Microsoft will do that with the Xbox 360, it's way too late in it's production cycle. But I wouldn't put it past them on there next gen console it would be silly not to inclide one, or even a real HD disk drive and not just an addon.
+2 #2 STRESS 2011-09-12 12:19
Not gonna happen as there is no gain for either side (customer and manufacturer)
0 #3 The_Countess 2011-09-12 12:44
Quoting STRESS:
Not gonna happen as there is no gain for either side (customer and manufacturer)

if its cheaper then a stand alone Blu-ray player then there is a advantage for customers.
and for the manufacturer it takes away sales pitch which sony can leverage of being the only one with blu-ray playback.
+1 #4 Kayser 2011-09-12 17:24
if the blu-ray play is region free , then iam all in for it .
0 #5 The blue fox 2011-09-12 18:19
Wont happen. MS will wait for there next console. To add Blue ray or what ever they use.
+1 #6 Super XP 2011-09-12 19:40
Go ahead M$, it will become a complete waist of money. Stick with your Next Gen System. XBox 360 has done it's time...
0 #7 _Kilorad_ 2011-09-13 22:57
With US ISPs moving to bandwidth caps and overage charges for residential Internet users, an all downloads/streaming way of life is sounding less likely. I think the Xbox's hard drives are too limited for an all downloads scheme.

But, I think an Xbox 360 II or 362 with a brand new generation of hardware with Blu-Ray built-in would make sense. (Full backward compatibility of course.) Cheap Blu-Ray players are as low as $100 now, so the drives have come down greatly.

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