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#1 Neon

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:44 AM

Microsoft has said it may ship a Blu-ray Disc drive for its Xbox 360 games console should consumers prefer that next-generation optical disc format over HD DVD.

Microsoft's Peter Moore, head of the company's Interactive Entertainment Division, also said that the console will never sport an integrated HD DVD drive.

There's no surprise that Microsoft might entertain the possibility of shipping a BD drive for the 360. After all, if it can hook up an external HD DVD drive to one the console's USB ports - as it announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show that it will - it can likewise connect an external Blu-ray Drive.

Microsoft clearly - and very understandably - doesn't want to risk lumbering Xbox 360 with an internal drive format consumers don't want, and while it's favouring HD DVD by announcing an external drive that can read that disc format, it wants to ensure it's free to support the BD if it has to.

As Moore himself points out, Sony is taking that risk. If BD fails in the market, Sony is going to look weak. But of course, Sony is hoping BD will not fail precisely because the format is so tightly a part of PlayStation 3.

Indeed, the PS3 is arguably BD's strongest advantage over HD DVD. Both have benefits to offer that their rival format doesn't, but beyond factors like storage capacity (BD), cheaper manufacturing costs (HD DVD), it's likely to be BD's presence in the PS3 that pushes it ahead.

If so, Microsoft will want to ensure that BD support isn't one of the advantages Sony can say its console offers over its rival's product, and so an external BD drive will be forthcoming.

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 10:55 PM

I don't think MS can break into the PS3 has BD support. An externel BD is less attractive, and I don't think it'll help MS get the advantage back.

On the other hand, for those who have an X360 and would like a BD with it, it's not a bad idea.

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 11:00 PM

personally I think it's better this way, I don't want the prices of a 360 racked up for something I'm probably not going to use anyway...

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 12:01 AM

I would prefer the thing to be integrated cos it would look a LOT better but not for the sacrifice of too much money.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 12:26 AM

hmm depends on how you adrrange things imho

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 09:23 AM

What I think MS should really have done is developed a hybriad drive. You know a Blue-Ray and HD-Drive all in one. Now that would be very attractive to a lot of consumers.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:55 AM

Genius idea but the two technologies are opposed to each other, with many different companies taking different sides.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:06 AM

well, my idea is this.. Take the two drives and put them into the same reciever (as I find it mroe attractive to have a reciever with a DVD player and tuner built in with AUX options [I.e. Tape, Game, TV, Sat, Sat Optical,] and an output) SO I think this, have the Blu-ray drive on one side and the HD-DVD on the other along with all the inputs, you can hook up your X-box the the Reciever and your tv to it and all that good stuff and have a 600+ Watt 7.1 surround sound system... I'd pay $600 for it as an accessory... with all those speakers all that sound and everything integrated, it could be sexy :P




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