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Microsoft Says No Blu-Ray for X360

The comments by Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, poured cold water on recent speculation that Microsoft could support Blu-ray after Toshiba Corp (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research), backer of the rival HD DVD format, gave up when key movie studios and retailers abandoned the technology.

"Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience," Greenberg told Reuters in an interview.

Microsoft, which has stopped making an HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, would continue to invest in its Xbox Live online service that already lets users rent hundreds of movies, including ones in high-definition.

"We're the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content," Greenberg said.

The software giant also expected that supply problems for the Xbox 360 meant the machine was outsold in the U.S. market by Sony's PlayStation 3 console in February for the second month in a row.

"We definitely expect we will trail in February as a result of our supply constraints," Greenberg said, adding: "By April, we will be in a very healthy inventory situation."

That would be in time for the April 29 launch of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's (TTWO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) "Grand Theft Auto 4" game, which is widely expected to be one of the best-selling titles of 2008 and could drive purchases of the Xbox 360 and PS3

Greenberg spoke a day ahead of the planned release of U.S. video game sales data for February by market research firm NPD, whose monthly reports are pored over by game companies eager for bragging rights.

The PS3 struggled last year due to its high price and lack of must-have games, but sales have picked up in recent months thanks to price cuts in late 2008 and a slate of anticipated upcoming games.

"We still think we have a great value, that we have significantly better value than Sony. Every month we've actually been in stock we've outsold them by a 2 to 1 margin," Greenberg said.

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TrevorPhillips3234d ago

ahh who cares im gettin a ps3 soon so im gettin movies for that and also exclusive games :)

sonarus3234d ago

welcome to next gen gaming my friend (assuming you didn't already have a 360, if you do then welcome to the dark side).

Infolite89073233d ago

I also am moving to the Darkside looking forward to the MGS4 bundle all that the PS3 offers(Home)

jwatt3234d ago

Why do some people like to talk about things that happen last year, like it means anything this year. Oh we outsold the ps3 2-1 last year, multiplatform games sucked on the ps3 last year. Well lets talk about this year is the 360 outselling the ps3 now? Multiplatform games are looking really good on the ps3 this year.

SUP3R3234d ago

So it seems Microsoft has the worst case of 'foot in mouth' disease I've seen in a long time.
They're making themselves the laughing stock with these weird, untrue, pathetic, hilarious statements.
They're claiming supply shortages 3mths now while literally every game/electronics store has the 360 in stock here in NYC.
They need to do a revamp of their PR department ASAP cuz it's starting to become overly comedic month to month to month. lol

Hatchetforce3234d ago

But the 360 didn't outsell the PS3 last year. Worlwide the PS3 outsold the 360 by a million consoles. Let them talk about last year if they want....

Infolite89073233d ago (Edited 3233d ago )

there's a whole lot of 360's here especially in walmart.

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AlterEgo3234d ago

Well wasn't it painfully obvious?

Breakfast3234d ago

I think we need 10 more articles to tell us though...just to be sure

LastDance3234d ago

breakfast gets bubbles for comedy! haha.

AlterEgo3234d ago

ok cool. just checkin'

B-)

Hatchetforce3234d ago

"I think we need 10 more articles to tell us though...just to be sure"

Why not? How many articles did they post saying the 360 was getting a BR drive when the articles themselves offered no proof? People including the articles authors had zero proof but they made the proclamation anyway and tons of fanbots sucked it up. The articles were alluding to BR support for Vista but they took that flag and ran like hell. Now look at the mud on their pieholes.

Nevers3233d ago

YEAH true that. The idibots who jumped on that "360 is getting BR" band-wagon were utter morons. Microsoft would have to be financial mongoloids to try and get us to buy a separate BR drive for the 360 at this point.

... glad Georgie W. is buying me my PS3 this year with his "economic stimulus package" ...that'll be spent on foreign products ;-)

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PimpHandStrong3234d ago (Edited 3234d ago )

i could be over <-------- there but screw it

ofcourse they wont add a blueray player. They are going after the Wii with the arcade and will be cutting prices across the board very soon

you might want think its because GTA is coming

but its not

They need to cut cost fast or they will end up selling less in 08 then they did in 07. You see the numbers in the EU. We all see the PS3 is outselling it everywhere now.

We already know the PS3 outsold the 360 in its first year on market and without a full list of great games. I would argue that point but it doesnt matter now does it. If it was all about games the 360 should have sold more then it did in its 2nd year. So you xbox fools can gloat about all the great games you have in your library. It doesnt matter!

I love the ppl saying Gears of War2 will set the benchmark in terms of graphics. The only benchmark it had and STILL has on a 360, after 1 full year, is best looking game. I hope my best looking game by next year isnt Uncharted let me tell you

Thats right Gears wont blow you away like it did when we where still playing PS2 games. Maybe im wrong!?!?! im betting we wont be saying Gears of War best game ever again. It did its thing and others have used what they did and made it common. Hey shoot from cover, cool! I can only do that in 10 other games now

take it how you want

The 360 cant afford to make a blueray add-on. It would be its death nail and they would have driven the nail themselfs

Kojima touches kids3234d ago (Edited 3234d ago )

Many could say the same about Killzone.

Killzone was a terrible game from a bad developer. The only reason people love Killzone 2 is because of the graphics.

It's hardly the best foundation for a game.

Would you rather have good games or graphics?

Electronic Arts3234d ago

@ 1.1

Killzone: Liberation got a 9.0 on IGN

Danja3234d ago (Edited 3234d ago )

The 1st Killzone wasn't as bad as the reviewers made it out to be..and the only reason why ppl were so dissapointed in KZ is bcuz ppl were touting it to be a "HALO KILLER" and it didn't quite live up to the hype...it was also rushed through the door bcuz of the hype...

i enjoyed it...and back then GG didn't have unlimited resources like they do know so there games weren't really that good...

and if you think Sony/GG is gonna let KZ2 follow in the footsteps of the 1st KZ..ur really stupid...this game is too important to the PS3...why do you think it's taken GG so long to get the game out..?

ohh and it will PAWN GeOW2...

Bathyj3234d ago

Killzone 1 was a great game too. The only reason it was so harshly viewed is because of every idiot games journalist calling it a Halokiller before they'd even played it and it wasn't. It was just a great FPS with nice graphics and some great ideas and weapons.

Haters will probably hater part 2 as well because they're so hyped up over a trailer and they wont just wait for the game to come out and judge it on its own merits.

MiniMii3233d ago

LOL xbots using the same worthless argument over and over again.

The original KZ had 3 guys working on the game. It was their first FPS experience. They didnt had the manpower and the means. They experimented a little but didnt deliver. Get over yourselves idiots.

KZ2 has 50 million budget and 100 guys working on the game. Guerilla share their knowlegde with Naughty Dog and other Sony companies.

Just because KZ1 didnt deliver, doesnt mean KZ2 isnt. Everything we have seen so far, points to the exact opposite, stinkin xbot.

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