Microsoft Adding Sony Blu-ray Support To Windows

CEO Steve Ballmer said his company is working on Windows device driver support for the Blu-ray high definition movie format. Microsoft is developing software that will add native support for devices that play Sony's Blu-ray high definition movie format to the Windows operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.

"We've already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like," said Ballmer, speaking at the Microsoft's Mix '08 conference. Ballmer also said that Microsoft is "going to support Blu-ray in ways that are important," according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the company's Web site. The Mix '08 conference was held last week in Las Vegas.

Microsoft until recently used Toshiba's HD DVD format to add HD movie playback to its Xbox 360 gaming console. That practice abruptly ended last month when Toshiba announced its decision to kill HD DVD after virtually all major Hollywood studios threw their weight behind Blu-ray.

Source: Information Week

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I have LG's multiformat BD/HD DVD drive on my HTPC with Windows XP Professional and at least it worked right out of the box like a DVD or CD drive would. Just opened PowerDVD Ultra and started watching both formats.

(Skyfrog said @ #12)
Sony doesn't own Blu-Ray, being it's largest backer doesn't change that.

Sony is also the main developer of Blu-ray. And Sony also started it.

Is this really news?
I mean would I be Nostradamus saying "Microsoft will also add native support to the next big popular device/format"
I mean Stevie Wonder even seen this coming

Newsflash. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Then after your ideal dream-world fails, obviously you're going to do whatever it takes to make money.

no they didn't. anyone can create their own Java runtime.


MS just did it with optimizations forwindows(Well it was faster) but they also added soem windows specific calls to their javaengine, makign apps developed using those calls not cross platform independent, and that breaks the license for java engines, So they where forced to stop making it.


Microsoft hates java.......they will support it in windows by providing drivers but that about it...Vista MCE will not get
native blu-ray support iether......

They will not add JAVA to the XBOX360...for those who don't know java is what the blu-ray disc use for it's interactive software....

and we all know

they miss what Balmer said .. Balmer gave an typical PR answer (as he should) .. they don't deny working with sony, they don't admit it either.

what Balmer meant was that Microsoft will make sure Sony gets an even chance in Windows (meaning the drive will be detected and drivers will be on Windows Update). It does NOT mean you can soon play Blu's on your MCE/WMP setup.

(Not without extra codecs/players)

Any reason why we call it "Sony" blu-ray? its more like BDA Blu-Ray... sony isn't the only entity involved in it...

It's Sony's Blu-ray because Sony is the main driving-force behind Blu-Ray as much as Toshiba was the main backer for HD-DVD.

It's absolutely correct to call it Sony's Blu-ray because no other company involved with the BDA put more energy and money into Blu-Ray than Sony and at the same time no other company could potentially lose as much as Sony in case Blu-Ray would fail.

Ballmer also said that Microsoft is "going to support Blu-ray in ways that are important,"....

What important ways?... That it'll actually work maybe?

(The Walker said @ #5)
Ballmer also said that Microsoft is "going to support Blu-ray in ways that are important,"....

What important ways?... That it'll actually work maybe?

Im sure they will add more ways for you to stop ripping the movies

(ozzieXP said @ #5.1)

Im sure they will add more ways for you to stop ripping the movies :)


Blu-Ray has enough of that already I think what MS might mean is, they will push to have BDA adopt HDi to use on Blu-Ray disks. However, although MS are interested in doing that, I doubt it will happen, not unless the BDA wanna **** off everyone who already bought Blu-Ray player! unless there is a way around that perhaps? but I dunno, I'm only guessing :P

Will Blu-Ray players ever be able to play HD-DVDs? If it did I'd be more likely to pick one up. But as it stands now, no thanks.

(LipSmacker said @ #4)
Will Blu-Ray players ever be able to play HD-DVDs? If it did I'd be more likely to pick one up. But as it stands now, no thanks.

From what I've heard, there are already players that play both formats.

All I can say is...it's about time.

HD-DVD was bound to lose anyway. 15-30 gig is nothing compared to 25-50 gig...which itself is nothing compared to the true-potential size of MGS4!!

(Sumeet said @ #3.1)
good lord get off your high horse


lol

I don't see any horses.. lol :)
I preferred Blu-ray over HD-DVD for data storage, I couldn't careless where it went for movies and gaming.
But, i'm glad it's one thing only

On Blu-ray pricing, Mr Glasgow expects prices of players to drop to as low as $299 by the end of the year. They currently cost $399 and higher. He feels the price of a player could fall to about $200 by the end of 2009.

What a rip still on pricing... they are making probably $350+ per each $399 player sold.

Also who would even bother buying a $399 player when the PS3 base model is the same price.


Thats like buying a car that is the same price as all the other cars, but this car can only drive down 1 specified road you choose when you buy it.

Ummm...I wasn't aware that windows DIDN'T have support for Blu-ray? I thought Vista supported both Blu-ray and HD-DVD out of the box.

If you buy a Blu-Ray drive for your PC, I guess you have to install a driver and codecs so that the media can be played right? Ballmer is saying that Windows will have native support for Blu-Ray, and thats the difference.

(Neobond said @ #1.1)
If you buy a Blu-Ray drive for your PC, I guess you have to install a driver and codecs so that the media can be played right? Ballmer is saying that Windows will have native support for Blu-Ray, and thats the difference.

It still looks as though the author of this article is taking what ballmer said a bit out of context. I've seen this quote before and it was because someone asked him about Blu-ray on the 360.

Vista DOES support of both HD-DVD and Blu-ray. At least when it comes to the data structure inside the discs. I think I tried once with a virtual drive.

The news implies media playback out-of-the-box, but basically is just "microsoft jumping on the blu-ray bandwagon" kind of news :P

(Julius Caro said @ #1.3)
Vista DOES support of both HD-DVD and Blu-ray. At least when it comes to the data structure inside the discs. I think I tried once with a virtual drive.

The news implies media playback out-of-the-box, but basically is just "microsoft jumping on the blu-ray bandwagon" kind of news :P

Hopefully this means we'll get native playback in Vista Media Center. I've been wanting to purchase a blu-ray/dvd-rom drive, but the thought of having to use a crippled version of PowerDVD to playback discs turns me off to the thought.

(A10 said @ #1.5)

Hopefully this means we'll get native playback in Vista Media Center. I've been wanting to purchase a blu-ray/dvd-rom drive, but the thought of having to use a crippled version of PowerDVD to playback discs turns me off to the thought.

you could use mediaportal instead, as it had plugins to use external progs that do HD-DVd/BD playback.