Microsoft: No Blu-ray Add-ons Coming To Xbox 360

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Despite what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have implied, the company has "no plans" to bring Blu-ray playing accessories to the Xbox 360, according to a statement from the company.

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Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb posting on his Xbox 360-centric blog today that Ballmer wasn't speaking about the Xbox platform during his interview with Gizmodo, instead saying those accessories were bound for the PC. More "poorly chosen words" or just a simple misunderstanding?

"As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360," Hryb reiterated. "In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies."

We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360 [Major Nelson]

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Excellent, i hope Bluray never takes off in big way and its the last optical medium used in consoles.

Optical drives really are outdated at this point. They are slow (-lead to long loading times), error and crash prone (especially with consoles where its common to use cheap parts its a common reason for the system not working properly anymore after a while) and they force higher costs on us (console and game creators could offer the same consoles/ games at same or lower price and still make the same or higher margin if there were no disc drives in consoles and no need to press discs and sell em in big boxes).

I totally endorse a totally download only future, sure it comes with its own downsides (loosing ownership on media if publishers get it wrong or things unreasonably still costing the same or more despite digital delivery (see sony and psp go), people not having fast enough connections to download things quickly until there´s enough pressure on the phone companies to act properly etc), but yeah, still better than investing in yet another disc drive and discs that make no sense to deal with anymore in first place.

Yes, i´m spoiled thanks to having a fast internet connection and getting everything i can via download services, but yeah, maybe it takes trying that for a while to see how much of a waste the dust collecting dvd collection is and how weird it is to collect plastic boxes with a plastic disc on second thought. #bluray