Report: Manufacting contract awarded for external 360 Blu-ray drive

Wednesday, 8th October 2008 16:47 GMT By Patrick Garratt


According to this X-bit Labs report, Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp, a joint venture between Samsung and Toshiba, has been contracted to manufacture external Blu-ray drives for Xbox 360.

While the exact specifications of the product are unknown, it is rumoured that Microsoft aims at $100 – $150 price-point for the device.

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  1. Syrok

    Now, that would cause something on the boards around the web. :)


    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    If this is true, I fear for the internet as a whole.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. XDamage

    That would mean some nice royalties for the Blu-ray Disc Association. :D

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    I’ll post what I posted on another forum. Only more succinctly here:


    #4 6 years ago
  5. patlike

    It would certainly liven up tomorrow’s keynote, anyway.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    Well they can eat their words if they want… But what will this achieve exactly? (assuming it’s in the 100-150 price range).

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    I don’t really see it as that big a thing. It’s nice for those that want a player but don’t want a PS3… but I can’t see it making that much difference to anything.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. LeD

    It’ll make a huge difference in my living room. I’m not that hot for LBP, FFXIII will be out for the 360, and I’ve not bothered with MGS4 or Uncharted yet as all my cash goes to 360 games. In fact, I’m only ever using the PS3 to play BRs.
    It’s the original 60GB with BC too, so I’m looking forward to selling it for a profit if this rumour is confirmed as fact.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. mortiferus

    Interesting… but quite honestly, the whole Blu-ray standard has not lit the world on fire even after the death of HD-DVD.

    Consumers have not embraced it, PC makers are indifferent to it, The dics are too expensive, so on and so forth.

    Nice to see MS adopt the standard, perhaps as a forerunner to 720 having it standard. But IMO the BR consortium really needs to push the format harder, and that does include lobbying MS, Apple and the movie studios to fully get behind the format. And for the love of god bring down the prices on the discs!

    Also it is interesting that Toshiba is tapped to manufacture the add-on!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. deftangel

    Another shot is fired across the bows in the checklist wars…

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Shatner

    This could end up being quite comical. I’ll be looking forward to all those vocal 360 owners u-turning on their attitudes towards Blu Ray if this little nugget bears fruit.


    #11 6 years ago
  12. reask

    I can’t imagine it been a selling point for 360.

    I Think MS should leave well enough alone.

    Stand alone players are getting cheaper all the time.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Even before HDDVD went under the 360′s external drive wasnt selling, i really dont see an exsternal Blu-Ray drive doing anything for them.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. scuz

    360 owners pivot magically on a penny about their opinions of blu ray

    #14 6 years ago
  15. reask

    scuz said:

    360 owners pivot magically on a penny about their opinions of blu ray

    Wheres the movies for it. C’mon by the time it takes off BR players will be ten a penny.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. No_PUDding

    The benefit of it for the PS3 is that it can be used for games….

    That’s all to me.

    I haven’t bought a Blu-Ray yet, too expensive. Even if Blu-Ray died out, then the games would have stayed Blu-Ray.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. wickedman

    If it is external, my xbox has to be on all the time? when i watch a movie ?

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Blerk

    I don’t actually remember many 360 owners being negative about Blu-Ray for movies. Only about games.

    Anyway, it’s a mini-megaton. Or it would be if I gave a shit about Blu-Ray movies. I don’t even own any DVDs. :-D

    #18 6 years ago
  19. wickedman

    so is this goign to be able to output at 1080p somehow?

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Your Xbox would have to be on while you watched a movie. It would probably output 1080p through an HDMI connection.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    wickedman: Yes, your 360 would have to be on (it’s an addon player). As for 1080p, yes. It’s a requirement of the format.

    Assuming any of this is true of course. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this little rumour. :)

    #21 6 years ago
  22. wickedman

    Thanks fellas!!

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Soong

    PS3 wins again!

    #23 6 years ago
  24. morriss

    What did it win?

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Soong

    Everything! Again!

    #25 6 years ago
  26. morriss

    Congrats PS3!!!

    #26 6 years ago
  27. El_MUERkO

    PS3 cant be here to collect the award but asked me to thank everyone for it, and give a big shout out to Jesus!

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Psychotext


    #28 6 years ago

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