Moore: Blu-ray Xbox 360 Add-on Possible
>> From gamespot.com:
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.
Why do I mention that? Because I'm really curious as to WHY they recently said no blu-ray product would be released, and why no one else is pointing out how they were so willing to say "we can go either way" and calling them out on it.
I mean, if the format they chose failed (which it did, lol), and their main competition DOES offer said new technology in their systems, wouldn't that count as "the need arising"?? Plus.. And this one is important - If I wanna buy a Blu-Ray player for my family for Christmas, well, I COULD have bought the X360's accessory. Instead now, there's absolutely no reason for me NOT to go out and buy a PS3. Heck, in many cases their cheaper than a full-up blu-ray. Regardless, that is neither here nor there.. The fact remains I could've been buying a 360 device, instead I'll have to resort to buying the competition. It will likely lead to me buying games for it, too, rofl..
I'm just really surprised.. Anyone else?
Original news post (from x-s) located here: http://www.xbox-scen...ykluNFpfUGq.php
Edited by ExitRooster, 09 December 2008 - 11:01 AM.