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Xbox 360 Finally Getting Blu-ray 174

Posted by timothy
from the poison-death-rays-all-taken dept.
Starturtle writes "Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer had admitted that Microsoft had been working on support for Blu-ray under Windows during this year's Mix08 conference. Rumors began to swirl and many began to expect Microsoft to announce a Blu-ray peripheral for the Xbox 360. However, Microsoft came out and denied all rumors, stating that they were not exploring any kind of Blu-ray add-on or in talks with Sony about integrating Blu-ray into the Xbox experience. After months of rumors and denials, the Xbox 360 with a Blu-ray disc drive is due to be manufactured soon and shipped in Q3 of 2008. Pegatron Technology, an OEM subsidiary of Asustek Computer, is reported to have received the winning order from Microsoft for a Blu-ray equipped Xbox 360."
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Xbox 360 Finally Getting Blu-ray

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  • by log0n (18224) on Saturday May 03, 2008 @06:05PM (#23286708)
    News at 11!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03, 2008 @06:15PM (#23286754)
    And when will ps3 get hd-dvd?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03, 2008 @06:21PM (#23286790)
    It must be so AWFUL, having to listen to the puny consumer and dsatisfy their demands. Just like a menial customer-service rep.

    He must be so steamed!

    Oooh look there- in the corner, Steve. That chair. That delicate, finely-crafted, all-wood dining chair. It's so vulnerable, it would probably break if you grabbed it too roughly.

    Go on, Steve, touch it. Feel how it gives under your rough hands. So delicate, so fragile. You wouldn't want anything to break that chair, would you? Would you??
  • by feepness (543479) on Saturday May 03, 2008 @06:27PM (#23286812) Homepage
    No developer could take advantage of it given all the 360s out there with DVD drives.

    And furthermore, you're going to add another new layer of complexity onto an already flaky hardware?

    It's like building a beautiful sculpture on top of a condemned building about to collapse.
  • by archkittens (1272770) on Saturday May 03, 2008 @09:21PM (#23287926) Journal

    ... And, it's also true that the 360 is one of the most flawed pieces of major consumer electronics in recent history. I don't think it's quite as big a deal as most people think, though, since MS is replacing them for free...

    that's a warranty, which they promised, presumably, before they knew it was going to fail on such a large scale. they're legally obligated to honor that warranty. if microsoft were to replace it for free, AND give us a half off coupon for the next time our 360s fail (by which time the warranty will be gone), i might consider giving them credit for that.

    ... and people like adding to their GamerScore*. * Whoever thought this up at MS should get a promotion. It's one of the simplest yet most brilliant things MS has ever done.
    i disagree. whomever thought this up should be stolen by google, so that steve ballmer [wikipedia.org] can throw a game chair!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 04, 2008 @01:09AM (#23289100)
    as a proud xbox fanboy, I'd rather buy a PS3 for watching bluray movies than a stupid addon drive for my 360. the hd-dvd addon didn't fail because it was hd-dvd, it failed because it was a dumb fucking idea to have a hd-dvd player that was reliant on another piece of hardware to do its fucking job. a bluray addon will suffer the same low sales for the same reason

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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