Xbox 360 Finally Getting Blu-Ray Drive

After months of rumors and denials, the XBOX 360 with a Blu-ray disc drive is due to be manufactured soon and shipped in Q3 of 2008. Pegatron Technology, an OEM subsidiary of Asustek Computer, is reported to have received the winning order from Microsoft for a Blu-ray equipped XBOX 360.

Earlier reports cited Lite-On as the company with the privilege of building the new console for Microsoft. Lite-On is also currently one of the suppliers of the internal DVD drive fro the XBOX 360.

One of the strong points for Sony's Playstation 3 has been the integrated Blu-ray player. The PS3 had the ability to draw both gamers and audio/video enthusiast, and this was proving to be a major advantage over its XBOX rival. It is estimated that 85% of Blu-ray players in use are PS3s. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer had admitted that Microsoft had been working on support for Blu-ray under Windows during this year's Mix08 conference. Rumors began to swirl and many began to expect Microsoft to announce a Blu-ray peripheral for the XBOX 360.

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In fact it's a trouble to not to force to buy a blu-ray driver, many people will buy a complete blu-ray player rather to spend money on a (not so cheap) addons.

I was planning on buying a PS3 for its BluRay movie capabilities (my x360 is great for games and as a media center), but now I have to wait and see. If x360 BR is just as good as the PS3 in BR movies and in the same price, then the only reason for me to get the PS3, will be the Gran Turismo series.

(PermaSt0ne said @ #20)
if it's true then i can finally get a cheap blueray drive for my pc :D

You can get Blu-ray/HD-DVD COMBO drives for around £80 if you look around. If this addon is real, it's not going to be any cheaper than that, so don't bother waiting.

i just replaced my origional 360 2 weeks ago because of a RROD ( warrenty was not in effect because i replaced the case with a diffrent one ), there should be an add-on as im not replacing it again anytime soon.

me was going to get the 120GB next month in june but guess now I have to wait for the xbox 360 bluray kinda ofa pain but guess I be saving my money but who knows I may get the 120GB xbox360 then trade it in for the bluray if its comes out because I ahvea ps3 so really dont need two blurays but if xbox 360 does bluray games then guessing I def need to upgrade xbox 360 for bluray making sure it hasa internal ora add on bluray.

I'm sorry but I have to get this off my chest. It really irks me that Microsoft constantly lies to us. They repeatedly said that Blu-Ray was NOT an option and they were not pursuing it. Obviously they have been.

I LIKE Microsoft because they gave me my XBOX and Vista (which works fine for me, I dunno why everyone is going nuts). However, there have been decisions made this last year that really make me question the sanity of Balmer.

1). Killing Hotmail access in Outlook Express. - Not that I use it anymore.. but seriously? There are people that do... and there really isn't any significant reason why they couldn't continue that.

2). Killing XP. Yes yes, I like Vista, but I also love my XP box too. There is NO POINT other than financial gain to have everyone on the planet switch to Vista. If people love XP, then SELL XP. You're making money, and eventually when you get some of the things worked out that people don't like about Vista.. namely hardware support.. they will WANT to come over to Vista. But because you forced it Microsoft... now Vista has a bad name, and you have to overcome that.

3). Lying. Last January regarding the Zune, saying it has 25 percent of the high-end MP3 player market.

I could go on and on, but there is no point. Microsoft is a D-Bag. I'm tired of them dicking us around and getting away with it. They simply do not listen to the public, and always assume that they know what's best for us.

/endrant

(Delebre said @ #1)
I'm sorry but I have to get this off my chest. It really irks me that Microsoft constantly lies to us. They repeatedly said that Blu-Ray was NOT an option and they were not pursuing it. Obviously they have been.

The original statement I recall reading was that, if Bluray were to succeed as the winning format, they'd consider implementing it. Of course, later after that, they would deny any rumor of jumping ship to Bluray to keep from scaring anyone considering the HD-DVD drives made available for the 360. In the end though, it seems they're doing as they originally stated.

Besides, what company doesn't flat out deny rumors, even if there is a hint of truth to it? Hell, even Blizzard would deny working on a Diablo 3 entirely despite having just obtained diablo3.com from a fansite recently. The government does the same crap as well. Not that it's right, but why only target Microsoft as if they're the "only one"?

1). Killing Hotmail access in Outlook Express. - Not that I use it anymore.. but seriously? There are people that do... and there really isn't any significant reason why they couldn't continue that.

Windows Live Mail uses a new technology called DeltaSync to replicate e-mail, contacts and other data between Hotmail and a user's PC. Microsoft says DeltaSync is faster because it only downloads new or modified messages and headers from the Hotmail server, whereas DAV downloaded everything. But, Hammer wrote, "the new protocol unfortunately is not supported by Outlook Express, and support would require too many changes to the Outlook Express software."

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Windows Live Mail is much better anyhow, in my opinion. Can't live in the past forever. Besides, if you don't use it anymore, what's the problem? :huh:

2). Killing XP. Yes yes, I like Vista, but I also love my XP box too. There is NO POINT other than financial gain to have everyone on the planet switch to Vista. If people love XP, then SELL XP. You're making money, and eventually when you get some of the things worked out that people don't like about Vista.. namely hardware support.. they will WANT to come over to Vista. But because you forced it Microsoft... now Vista has a bad name, and you have to overcome that.

Who's killing XP? The end of retail sales of Windows XP does not mean they will discontinue support. Neowin even put up an article to clarify that. Sure, XP will end eventually, but that won't happen until 2014. By then though, I think the hardware manufacturers may end up killing XP by then, as XP may no longer support the hardware to come in the next several years.

3). Lying. Last January regarding the Zune, saying it has 25 percent of the high-end MP3 player market.

I could go on and on, but there is no point. Microsoft is a D-Bag. I'm tired of them dicking us around and getting away with it. They simply do not listen to the public, and always assume that they know what's best for us.

Most statistics are fudged. Hell, I recall Apple claiming their Windows version of Safari was "the fastest browser on the internet" when it was still in beta stages and nowhere near the truth it had. Sure, it's steamed up since then, but it doesn't change the fact that they had that posted before it was even close to the truth.

And once again, I'm not saying it's right by any means, but to criticize Microsoft as if they're they only company using cheap tactics is pretty ridiculous. Every company is after your money and don't let them fool you for a second to think otherwise.

As for your rant, I do believe you could've brought up a much better list of things to discuss. The first two weren't even noteworthy though, and the lying and denying is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary.

(Delebre said @ #23)
1). Killing Hotmail access in Outlook Express. - Not that I use it anymore.. but seriously? There are people that do... and there really isn't any significant reason why they couldn't continue that.

2). Killing XP. Yes yes, I like Vista, but I also love my XP box too. There is NO POINT other than financial gain to have everyone on the planet switch to Vista. If people love XP, then SELL XP. You're making money, and eventually when you get some of the things worked out that people don't like about Vista.. namely hardware support.. they will WANT to come over to Vista. But because you forced it Microsoft... now Vista has a bad name, and you have to overcome that.

3). Lying. Last January regarding the Zune, saying it has 25 percent of the high-end MP3 player market.

I could go on and on, but there is no point. Microsoft is a D-Bag. I'm tired of them dicking us around and getting away with it. They simply do not listen to the public, and always assume that they know what's best for us.

/endrant

1) IE7 didn't even ship with a new version of OE - thats how much MS thought of it. OE is old and dated, and even Windows Mail on Vista has been superseded by Windows Live Mail, which is by far a much better email client and integrates with Hotmail very nicely, plus its free.

2) XP is old, get over it. Yes MS is making money on XP (I doubt as much as Vista), but companies do not continue to sell products, even if they are making money as they become old and obselete. Evolution is crucial and thats was Vista is (though people tend to disagree). How has MS FORCED people to move to Vista?? If you have XP (which is everyone who wants to keep it), then your fine - MS will still support it and provide updates, support etc. They did the same with every other OS they have released - there comes a time when you have to let it go and focus on the future, which is Vista and Windows 7. What is the point in buying a brand new PC and using an out-dated OS!!

3) No comment as i've never seen one living in the UK.

same here ;)

but then again prices will most likely go up quite a bit for the console so that will be a bad thing

PLUS, i dont think moding a blu-ray drive to play backups will be a good thing either which is a major drawback if you ask me... cause even if you could mod them to play backups if something went wrong replacing that will probably be a arm and a leg etc etc.

so even though it could be a plus i would rather have them just keep standard dvd-rom in the system and put more of a priority on making a xbox360 'reliable'!

Won't get bluray drive addon unless I also watercool my 360 and make it as silent as my PS3 is.
What's the point of high fidelity sound and movies when the xbox360 makes so much noise in the background?

The full shrink xbox360 (graphicschip die shrink) better be cool and silent...

(Tikimotel said @ #25)
Won't get bluray drive addon unless I also watercool my 360 and make it as silent as my PS3 is.
What's the point of high fidelity sound and movies when the xbox360 makes so much noise in the background?

The full shrink xbox360 (graphicschip die shrink) better be cool and silent...

You've got a point. My mate switched his 360 on and I thought he was hoovering! lol

Awesome, thats what I was waiting for, gonna finally buy a 360...guess I still have to wait until August or so. I was actually just about to grab a PS3, but its always been my second choice. Ive got a PC now that can handle anything so it wasn't a big rush to get one of the new consoles.

The player of any format could be given away free, but noone will use it if the media cost 2x than a regular dvd for no perceivable difference.

i can understood the reason for BD only and only for 'movies' ...
why ? because cost of 32GB flash USB drives is already low and keeps falling faster :)
and USB stick would be ideal for games distribution or data storage ... but oops i forgot these consoles are 'next gen' right?

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