MS: “We have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360″

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 23:28 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Xbox Live director of programning Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson has posted on his blog that Microsoft has “no plans” to introduce a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360.

It comes as earlier this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemed to have confirmed that an add-on for the 360 would be forthcoming. However, Hyrb says Ballmer was actually referring to accessories for the PC.

“During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360. I wanted to clear something up. Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC. As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.”

Consider the matter closed.



  1. BeastModeYMOB

    I fuckin knew it. I would be pissed if they brought it to 360 just cuz I wanted them to put it on 360 when it came out and they didn’t do it. 360 really should have had a built in Wi-Fi also. I don’t see how hard it could have been. I’m just hoping the next system ain’t bs cuz I really want 1.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    Like I said before… I doubt Ballmer knows much more about the E&D division other than knowing it makes 360s and Zunes.

    @BM: Having blu-ray in the 360 would have been pretty clever… you know, given the tech didn’t exist at a consumer level until around 6 months after the 360 released.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. sebbie16

    Accessory for my pc? Last I remember there are blu-ray players/burners for the pc since blu-ray has been out. There are also external units. So accessory for pc is BS. Way to fail covering up Microsoft.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    pc gaming is so good we have bllue ray :) plus more games.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    So does the PS3, so shh.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Wakkum

    Wait, what accessoiries? What blu-ray accessoiries except players are there? Empty boxes? Just remotes?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. mantagtj

    Yeh ditched the red light box a year ago and havent looked back they are really losing out on this issue now what is 8 gig compared to 50? and yes i agree no wireless is an issue the only reason the 360 is so common is because of piracy…..

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    “the only reason the 360 is so common is because of piracy…”

    That certainly explains the massive game sales.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. BeastModeYMOB

    The real advantage of the 1080pis in watching HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. These digital discs are formatted in 1080pand studio movies on this media played on the 1080pHDTV are astounding. A 720pset that will accept a Blu-Ray signal must downconvert these formats to lesser resolutions, robbing the viewer of the true Blu-ray / HD DVD experience. The 1080pis also a preferable set for gamers who intend to connect a PC, XBox™ or PlayStation™.

    All else being equal, 720pHDTVs are less expensive than their higher resolution siblings. If you aren’t big on DVDs and don’t plan on buying a Blu-ray or HD DVD player, you might opt to save some money. For gamers or movie fanatics, consider the higher resolution set, but stick with a quality brand that will provide a solid upconverter for all of those 720pbroadcasts you’ll be watching between movies. Also, be sure the 1080pHDTV provides 1080pinputsor ports. Accepting 1080pinput (as from a Blu-Ray player) is a different function than upconverting broadcast signals, and some earlier models lacked the ability to accept 1080psignals.

    High-definition television (HDTV) is available in both 720pand 1080p models. The difference between them boils down to resolution, with 1080pcapable of displaying a higher native resolution than 720psets. This doesn’t necessarily mean that in all instances a 1080pHDTV will display a better picture than a 720pset. We can thank multiple broadcast formats and the varying quality of electronic components used in HDTVs to complicate the issue just a bit.

    Knowing what is the optimal HDTV size for your room is an important step when buying a new TV. Regardless of what kind of flat-screen HDTV you intend to buy – plasma or LCD – it is a good idea to first go and measure the distance between the place you will be sitting (e.g. the couch) and the place where the HDTV will be sitting (e.g. stand, wall).

    Once you have chosen the screen size you want, you will need to decide which HDTV you want to purchase.

    How important is resolution? Although resolution separates HDTV from standard-definition TV, it’s not as important to overall picture quality as other factors. According to the Imaging Science Foundation, a group that consults for home-theater manufacturers and trains professional video calibrators.

    IF you can not see a difference between a 1 megapixel and 2 megapixel display at 8 feet away, then you really have less of a problem with resolution decisions. Probably you are more sensitive to black levels and contrast, and will prefer plasma or SXRD technology.

    Most people looking at standard TV dont realize the pixel they see is not square but in fact a rectangle. Most Plasma screens and LCD is square pixel, but 4:3 NTSC TV is a .9091 to 1 shape. Not square. So when you see a regular pillar boxed STD def TV show on your HD screen, its really scaled in a lot of ways. Back in early TV for Color on CRTs they worked it out by placing Red, Gren, Blue vertically masked bars or color subpixels with very thin black borders separating the colors for the electron gun to scan. This caused a need to “converge” in STD TV sets ( get Red Green and Blue to line up ) . We got used to fuzzy in the process, tint knobs, yuch. HD TV is not fuzzy now and square uniform pixels are part of that.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Floms

    Yeah right and my mother is a tree

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Please tell me that’s a copy / paste job from somewhere. :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. BeastModeYMOB

    Fuck yea i’m on my PS3 I don’t the patience for that shit.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext

    “the only reason the 360 is so common is because of piracy…”
    “That certainly explains the massive game sales.”

    This is not really a contradiction, like you suggest.
    Same went for Microsoft’s Windows OS in the ’90s: Massive pirating along stellar sales.
    Pirated software helps selling software in the long run. Strange but true.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. SticKboy


    #14 5 years ago

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