Microsoft: "Absolutely No Plans" for Blu-Ray

Microsoft have finally laid rest to rumours suggesting a Blu-ray add on may be coming to the 360. Rumours began back in January when Peter Moore suggested in an interview that Microsoft would be willing to adapt to consumers needs. Coupled with that remark, and flagging sales of the HD-DVD format it would seem the simple solution to add a choice of Blu-ray.

"We firmly stand behind the HD-DVD format as the best choice for consumers. Current reports indicating that Microsoft has a back-up plan which includes Blu-ray support are incorrect," detailed the company.

News source: GamerScoreBlog


I might suggest that Microsoft start looking into a backup plan if Blu-ray sales continue to outsell HD-DVD 3 to 1.

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Hmmm, blu-ray's price is going down. It would be the best time for microsoft to join in................Wait, i guess they can't find a way to update from microsoft website...

Blu-ray has most of its sales at the moment because of the PS3. Past that, HD-DVD is the clear "winner" in this battle. Having lower prices is not a concept that Sony believes in.

I believe the technology behind Blu-ray is MUCH better than HD-DVD, especially as they are still researching a lot of things to improve Blu-ray (10x write speed anyone?). That said, sure it'll cost more at the beginning. Everything does, but give it time. Remember when VCRs were the price of Blu-ray players? It's the same damn thing.

The only thing HD-DVD has going for it is convenience. Sure, it's convenient. But with faster download speeds coming, faster disc-write speeds, bigger hard drives, and all that great technology on the way, Blu-ray will clearly come out on top as prices drop (unless better technology is to become available).

Cheap discs with no room to improve are only going to go so far.

And for the record, I back great technology, not companies. If you love/hate a company, that's good for you. Just don't let it blind you from the great things to come.

"DUUUURR IMA NOT GONNA BUY DAT BECUZ IT COSTA TOO MUCH RITE NOWS SO IT SUX"

Dakkaroh,
I do agree with you ! Technology rulez !

:nuts: There are various Blu-Ray burner on the market in Hong Kong, it really ease my backup experience !

TDK is researching a Blu-Ray with 8 layer over 200GB per disk...
As the development is going on, simply HD-DVD will be just ruled out finally!

Moreover, HD-DVD movie are out of luck, seems lack of customer base in here, customer wants Blu-Ray right here.


Dakkaroth said,
I believe the technology behind Blu-ray is MUCH better than HD-DVD, especially as they are still researching a lot of things to improve Blu-ray (10x write speed anyone?). That said, sure it'll cost more at the beginning. Everything does, but give it time. Remember when VCRs were the price of Blu-ray players? It's the same damn thing.

The only thing HD-DVD has going for it is convenience. Sure, it's convenient. But with faster download speeds coming, faster disc-write speeds, bigger hard drives, and all that great technology on the way, Blu-ray will clearly come out on top as prices drop (unless better technology is to become available).

Cheap discs with no room to improve are only going to go so far.

And for the record, I back great technology, not companies. If you love/hate a company, that's good for you. Just don't let it blind you from the great things to come.

"DUUUURR IMA NOT GONNA BUY DAT BECUZ IT COSTA TOO MUCH RITE NOWS SO IT SUX" :rolleyes:

By the time either Blu-Ray or HD-DVD actually become a de facto standard, MS will be prepping their follow-up to the 360 and an add-on won't be on the drawing board.

Blu-ray must become the standard as its the most advance.. they should just start making it all quicker and dropping prices quicker so everything can speed up.

If Blue-Ray became a standard, MS would seriously consider putting it out.

In the console wars / HD wars, PR reps are more likely to say "X will or X will NOT happen, you can count on that" and then do an 180 to get any advatage.

If Blue-ray became a "clear" winner, I would see an add-on, if it's still not clear who would win, I expect MS to hold out and not do one.

surely MS have said themselves that if HD-DVD flops then a Blu-ray add on is a possibility?

Although that was probably just having a little dig at the PS3, just showing that it doesn't matter which format wins, an add on could be possible for the 360 (even if MS don't intend to make one)

I'm pretty sure they did say that, by making the HD-DVD drive non-standard it does allow for more flexibility. I think MS are just saying they have no plan for a Blu-Ray Addon (yet) cause if they did, they'd be admitting HD-DVD is losing (which it is actually I believe?) and that could hurt sales of the HD-DVD addon and possibly the 360 as well (as some people may get a PS3 instead because of Blu-Ray)

So I'd say they will continue to push HD-DVD till such a point that it's obvious that it lost, then they will release a Blu-Ray addon I suspect. Of cause this is purely speculation and is only what I think :P

Does it really matter? Microsoft are hardly going to confirm rumours that they will do a Blu-ray drive or not, cos it's just that, a rumour. It's amazing how people jump on other people's words and report it as fact. Yes, of course they might do one, but clearly it's not in their plans right now.

Apparently you don't pay attention to Microsoft.

It's just like how Bush will come out and say,"We have no plans on changing our staff," and next week, Donald Rumsfeld is fired. :P

"I might suggest that Microsoft start looking into a backup plan if Blu-ray sales continue to outsell HD-DVD 3 to 1. "
Source?

If you look at Amazon's sales rank for items which are available on all fomats.

DVD > HD-DVD > Blur-ray.
(Take For 'Planet Earth' for example)

The 3:1 figures quoted here appears to be from the few days after Sony just released their popular movie on only Blu-ray.

ahhell said,
"I might suggest that Microsoft start looking into a backup plan if Blu-ray sales continue to outsell HD-DVD 3 to 1. "
Source?

Himself -Joe Cashman

ahhell,

you're true,

Blu-Ray have a significant out sales then HD-DVD in Hong Kong...

HD-DVD in here were just lack of people who are willing to buy ...

uh huh. Just like Microsoft had "Absolutely no plans" to release an updated xbox 360 model even after photos of it was leaked.
Of course they won't comfirm anything like this because it would damage sales of the current unit

Express said,
It will still be an external unit. I don't think confirming or denying will have any effect on existing sales.

It will for the HD-DVD unit for 360. Microsoft is still pushing to sell them.