Microsoft has been a supporter of HD-DVD since the beginning, but at a recent press briefing, they told our reporter Roman that if necessary, they can easily develop a Blu-Ray player that is compatible with the Xbox360.
Well, they did say a while ago that if bluray won the format war, then they would release a bluray addon. This is old news for anyone who has listened to their press statements.
I'm still not gonna get Blu-Ray or HD-DVD so this does not matter to me, i would rather be gaming and watching movies on my DVD player.
you only say this because you clearly dont have an HDTV yet,If you did you would see how pitiful dvds look in 480p. I can barly bring myself to even look at a dvd.Ocne you have the proper tv then I can asure you,you will want hd dvd.
They said it was technically possible but they are 100% commited to HD-DVD.
Stuff like this will just bring hoard of PS3 fanboys saying 'I told you so, we've won!'. It makes sense, if it does fail then you have a back up; that makes the 360 a double edged sword.
its all about choice. If blu ray fails, ps3 owners will have a dead format and expensive disks. If hd dvd fails, 360 owners can buy the addon or not buy either at all. Its their choice. waiting for sony to realize blu ray will fail.
If Blu-ray fails(I doubt it will mind),but Sony have options to,that's why they have done a partnership with NEC which backs HD-DVD.Sony have interests in both Blu-ray & HD-DVD.
So that we can double pay to watch movies in HD. That isn't very good for the consumers, only Sony.
A big IF.. highly unlikely this will happen in 5 years time. The format war hasn't even started..
now they heard that MS are going to switch to Blu-ray if necessary and there saying ps3 failed and blu-ray will fail too, i don't get'em. ok can u guys tell me why NINTENDO and M$ signed up for cell. i think they wanna be like sony. I remember when 360fans said "360 don't need a blu-ray, it'll fail, HD-DVD is better" i bet u if MS say "blu-ray for 360" 360fans gonna be like "oh my god more space bla, bla, bla. At the end sony gonna win and 360 will end up just like xbox did. loosing the war.
Microsoft has never signed up for the Cell!!!
Microsoft also work in Pcs and could easily be a PC deal. Muppet
Microsoft makes hardware not software, they don't make hardware deals, it limits who they can sell to. Thats why Windows is run on tons of different processors and not just Intel and AMD.
all they do is "bla bla bla", that's it
there goes a Bubble.
you are the ones in the 360 news section blah blah blahing, give it a rest and go wait in line for your PS3's.
I hate these retarded articles that state what we already know. Also if they do make the "switch" it'll be more like just an add on and not a switch. It's not like MS was depending on HD-DVD like Sony and BR.
who the hell cares, my xbox is for GAMES and if you just wait for all the suckers to buy first gen blu ray and hd dvd players (just like plasma tvs back in the day) then in the end the price will come down and you will be able to get hybrid players at a decent price, no way in hell i would pay top dollar for first gen players! and no way in hell i would want to put extra wear n tear on my console just to play movies, i didnt do it with my ps2 or xbox1, so people get over it...
Well bully for you bud,that just means your not an early adopter.Save your money and buy in 5 years.But for those of us who buy the newest tech, then a $200 hd dvd players is a hell of a bargin,first gen or not. While its true I wouldn't be pleased if hd-dvd lost ,its just one of the risks a person has to take to get the new tech now...not in several years. Choice,isn't it nice.
I'm disappointed that Microsoft has shown weakness and uncertainty towards their respected format, hd-dvd, especially this early in the race. As far as I know, neither format has yet to gain any steam and it'll be at least a couple years before the any of the next-gen formats to becomes mainstream, especially since there are still many yet with an HDTV. As far as which format may fly, I have to put my cards in for the hd-dvd only because of consumer familarity with the dvd name regaurdless of which technology is better. Price is a factor too and if blu-ray isn't cheaper then hd-dvd, sony will have a problem on their hands.
Honesly if blu-ray wins the format war and I get to buy a stand alone player for $200 the most, then I am ok with it. The same goes for HD-DVD.
God I hate this Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD sh!t DVD is a dying technology. Large Capacity hard drives the size of an IPOD that hold 20 -50 of these HD movies is where were heading. One device to plug into any HD tv set, computer or gaming system. It Can be taken anyware say blockbuster, drug store or just download anything.
Wow you don't visit for a few days and only then do you realize the amount of Bullshit these people on this site dig up. Sony fans lol. Posting news MS has said from the get go. I think MS's happy with DVD9 for now. Hint hint. #5 has the idea.
++ ++++ +++++ ++++++....fOLLOw the 3eader....
The 360 is not dependent on the success of either HD optical format. This is smart by MS. If bluray fails, Sony and the PS3 fail. It makes no difference which format wins the war for the 360. MS said this a LONG time ago. They will make an add on for which ever format wins. At this point, they back HD-DVD. It just goes to show that the 360 is more focused on gaming than this overhyped movie format war. I'm glad for this as I buy a game console to play games.
I agree...I dont really care about watching Talladega Nights in HD...I want the the best games and clearly the Xbox 360 beats the PS3. But its good to see Microsoft has it all planned out and ready to upgrade if need be....while the PS3 blue ray is all or nothing!
Doing a player - why not. Doing a player that is free of bugs and all those little inconveniences - a tough thing to do. Sony has got a ton of experience in that area because of their home electronics background, MS gotta work their way in if they're gonna really compete.
Some of you got it backwards! If PS3 fails blu ray fails not the other way around! At least Sony is giving Blu ray the best chance to previel by implimenting this technology into the PS3. On a side note it isn't out of the question think that maybe developers asked Sony to out this technology into the PS3 kind of like how epic did with MS and the 360! I think HD DVD has NO chance because MS opted to not put the format into 360 from day one! If they had this format war "could" already be over or pretty damn close to it! Add ons suck are rarely ever successful
I know you mean well but you get away with allot of bashing. You’re just as much of a fan boy as any of us. The HD DVD is doing great and is a good choice fro people who want it. Also what you have backwards is the fact that Br is stand in the PS3. This was the first red flag for any real gamer. The format war is not for us. Unless you’re a SONY fan boy and the success of Blue Ray affects your life as a gamer. Do not forget we all were on the PS2 bandwagon just like all of the current PS2/3 fan boys. So do not act like your S#!t don't stink and you have been eating steak while the rest of us were eating leather. PEACE http://www.amazon.com/exec/...
I guess the proprietary cartridge/disc formats that Nintendo has been using for the Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, DS, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, and Wii don't count, right? Even ten years ago, we had a format war between the N64's cartridge games and Playstation's CD based games. Nintendo fans argued that Cartridges last longer and load faster, while PS fans argued that CDs (if taken care of) last just as long. Having 10x the storage capacity helped as well. PS2 vs. Dreamcast was a repeat of that situation. If PS2 had failed, DVD would definitely not have been as popular. In fact, if Sony hadn't been balsy or successful enough in using unproven tech, the Gamecube and Xbox probably would not have used DVD technology. The premise would have been "well, Sony failed and lost a lot of money on this format. Why the hell should we risk it?" If you think I'm wrong, simply find out how many last-gen consoles other than Dreamcast used GD-ROM. The advent of new formats is nothing new to the game industry, which has continuously pioneered and pushed technology to its limits, simply for the sake of entertainment. So to complain about Sony taking a risk to benefit us simply because they're putting new technology in their entertainment system is to ignore Videogame History itself.
The simple truth is this, neither bluray or HDDVD will "win" the format war because there is so little demand for a new format from the general public, look past the geeks and salesmen and actually talk to real people and they will tell you that currently DVD is fine for them! The next widespread format will be Hard drives used to save downloaded content! Think abut it, what do eiher of these formats offer over DVD? we switched from VHS to DVD as it gave no decrease in quality over time, widescreen, surround sound, the addiion of special features, the abiliy to skip to any section of film, zoom, multi angle etc but all Bluray and HDDVD do is offer the same stuff at a higher resolution! Its the same reason that DVD audio and SACD failed, it didnt offer anything over CD that fundamentally changed how we exprience music! The only reason either of these formats are getting released is a pure money making exercise as neither Sony or Toshiba held a majority of the patents on standard DVD so they dont think they made enough money from it! 9GB is plenty enough space for anything, both game and movie!
IS the only reason why the game community is divided right now. If Sony would not have made this a standard to benefit them (self), gamers would not be entangled in this mess. But I'm glad to be a 360 owner because we have a choice. Bottom line. Now the PS3 has to prove that BR is about games and not their market shares and M$ can just chill and be down for what ever.
They'd be stupid not to.
Honestly I have no idea what your trying to say to me? What's your point? Am I a fanboy NO! Do I like the decisions MS has made regarding the 360? Yes and no but a lot more towards no! I like what Sony is offering in the PS3 and I really enjoy the first party games they create! ICo, shadow of colosous, and god of war 1 and 2 just to name a few! Then they have all third party support with THE MOST talent and credibilty, such as square, level 5, isomanic, konami, capcom, factor 5, naughty dogg, ect. Ect. And yes I do approve of them using a NEXT GEN media drive on a NEXT GEN system! They have the history of making good use of these formats in both PS2 and PSone! What is wrong with given developers like square more space? What's wrong with being able to use my new HD TV with movies and games? Sony has always delivered in terms of consoles and great games so why would I have any reason to doubt them now? I'm not bashing MS I bought a 360 and I just wasn't satified with the games they have! Yes they have some good ones but NOTHING ground breaking, I am not impressed! They don't have one game out yet in a year that really gives the 360 an identity! Why does it take a year to really give me a title that is next gen like GOW? A year after launch and there see 360s at every major store in Las Vegas (where I live) and 360 is the only new console out! Don't act like I am saying anything with out actually having experience! Am I a fanboy? I think not!! Um not the one who has NO intentions of buying a PS3 but yet you spend 95% of your time on the PS3 side bashing something you have no interest in and furthermore instead of enjoying your 360 experience and have converstions about it with your 360 friends you spend your time bashing the PS3! We aren't in the same class not even in the same galaxy! And no I won't let MS get away with there pitiful 1st year of upgrades and PC ports! All at a higher price of $60! I expect more! Answer this question why is it that BOTH Sony and Nintendo are launching consoles with AAA exclusives right out the gate but MS who has had a year all to themselves can't muster up on truly Next Gen game for a year? So now you know WHY I say what I say and I support the 360 explain to me why on earth you have ANY reason to bash the PS3!