Microsoft: No Blu-ray Accessories Coming To Xbox 360

Microsoft: No Blu-ray Accessories Coming To Xbox 360

Despite what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have implied, the company has “no plans” to bring Blu-ray playing accessories to the Xbox 360, according to a statement from the company.

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb posting on his Xbox 360-centric blog today that Ballmer wasn’t speaking about the Xbox platform during his interview with Gizmodo, instead saying those accessories were bound for the PC.

“As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360,” Hryb reiterated. “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.”

We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360 [Major Nelson]


  • If this is one of those “instant-(G)on(e)” futures where you don’t own the movie you watch, he can keep his DRM dream. Physical media FTW.

  • How many times can the future of home entertainment start? M$ have started it 5 times already in the last 4 years. Yet I’ve been enjoying the future of home entertainment since Transformers the movie came to VHS

  • If they did it like they do with games, where once you’ve paid you can access it whenever and wherever you’re signed in it wouldn’t be too bad. As long as it was cheap.

    I don’t see it displacing hard media any time soon but it’s not without merit. Being able to schedule your own TV has always been a cool futuristic thing.

    My only concern that this has been microsoft’s agenda all along, and why they pumped so many billions into the xbox.

  • “first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies.”
    Well, when us Australian’s find some use for that I might like this idea a bit more, considering how watered down our XBOX Marketplace is… and this is coming from an xbox fan.

  • NONE of this is answering what microsoft are going to do to compete with the blu-ray’s data carrying capacity. Sure if they wanna bow out of the movie viewing market, fine, but games and the like could only benefit from the extra space.

  • Ballmer only eer, opens his mouth to swap whatever foot was previously in it.

    Offering HD movies as downloadable content is a reasonable idea, but in Australia we have download caps and most HD movies are 25GB and up.

    The DRM wrapper that microsoft places on content also limits the appeal of their model. I can watch my blu-ray on my PC or on my PS3 without any hassle. And quite frankly until I can take the content I paid for and watch it or listen to it where I want I’m not terribly interested.

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