Microsoft UK boss Neil Thompson has become the latest critic of Sony's decision to include a Blu-ray drive in its next-gen PlayStation 3 console as standard. Thompson was responding to a suggestion that the PS3's Blu-ray capabilities give the console an advantage over his own company's Xbox 360.
"Do I want to make people pay £200 extra for a machine with discs that have storage space I don't need? My answer's no, I don't need to do that today," blustered Thompson to GamesIndustry.biz. "And I don't think I'm going to need to do that for quite a while. I'm not sure the market has moved to high definition [movies] yet," he added. "And if and when it does, then the way that we've constructed the offering we've made [360 users have the option of purchasing a separate HD-DVD drive for their console] means we'll be able to go whichever way we want."