Xbox 360 May Support Blu-Ray "One Day"

Although the eventuality has been hinted at before, Xbox UK head Neil Thompson has stated again that if the Blu-ray format becomes significantly more successful than the HD-DVD format then the company will support it with the Xbox 360. Speaking to the BBC Thompson was quoted saying "Whatever format wins it is highly likely we will offer a solution".

This news comes after reports that Blu-ray movies are currently outselling HD-DVD by more than 2 to 1. Microsoft is known to greatly favour the HD-DVD format, although most assume that an unwillingness to support a Sony-sponsored format has played a significant part in this decision.

News source: Gamasutra

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

RulesPlayer 0.99

Next Story

ChrisTV Online 2.70

15 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

To be honest in Brisbane Australia I havent seen a single HD-DVD movie. theres not alot in the way of Blu0Ray either but the 20 titles or so is still 20 more than the HD range I've seen.

Not that I've necessarily gone looking but I have been in a few retailers looking at dvd's ect so if the movies are there the stores werent making it very obvious (where blu-ray had its own stand somewhere)

Don't forget that the sales figures for players and movies include those given away in Playstation 3, so the stats are skewed a little. I'd be willing to bet that if there was a statistic purely for sales of dedicated players and movie sales in shops and online, the statistics would be very different.

I personally prefer HD DVD simply because I don't like Sony and their business practises. Also don't forget that the porn industry is backing HD DVD. The porn industry of course is credited for the success of VHS over Betamax many years ago. The format race is far from over.

TCLN Ryster said,
I personally prefer HD DVD simply because I don't like Sony and their business practises.

Same here. Too bad blu-ray has higher capacity which rocks for PCs...

There was no broadband and internet porn in the betamax days, I really don't think the porn industry makes much as much money from DVD sales as it does from the internet. Blu-Ray has beaten HD-DVD for the past 2 months, when the PS3 hasn't been giving out free movies.

The format race may be far from over, but there is now a definite favourite.

TCLN Ryster said,
Don't forget that the sales figures for players and movies include those given away in Playstation 3, so the stats are skewed a little. I'd be willing to bet that if there was a statistic purely for sales of dedicated players and movie sales in shops and online, the statistics would be very different.

I personally prefer HD DVD simply because I don't like Sony and their business practises. Also don't forget that the porn industry is backing HD DVD. The porn industry of course is credited for the success of VHS over Betamax many years ago. The format race is far from over.

Considering the PS3 has just launched in Europe, I'd say there are many more people about to go Blu-ray than there are HD-DVD. Unless you're stupid and like to spend money on a console and then an additional HD player.

Blu-ray players are also looking to drop in price quite a bit soon (or at least expected to) so it may eventually be even as far as price sometime in the future. Then, it may come down to "capacity and security" over "cheap to make". Also, Blu-ray's got 6x-write coming and 10x being a possibility. I mean, there are many more deciding factors as research brings in new technology. Not to mention their push to hold further amounts of data on the discs.

I really don't think this comes down to "porn is here, HDDVD wins". In fact, I find that to be pretty stupid if you ask me. Maybe it worked back then BEFORE the internet, but now.. not a chance. Besides, I don't think HD-DVD would want that as its image.

As for it being Sony, well, I could really care less. Honestly, I didn't know Sony had anything to do with it way back when I saw it was in development. Oh but since it's Sony, it's somehow "the enemy"? Whether it was Sony, Apple, Microsoft, WHOEVER created it, it doesn't change the fact that it's a good idea. Not to mention that this technology is still very much in development and may hold more possibilities than we know. And to hate new technology, forgive me if you may not agree, is idiotic altogether.

Dakkaroth said,
Considering the PS3 has just launched in Europe, I'd say there are many more people about to go Blu-ray than there are HD-DVD. Unless you're stupid and like to spend money on a console and then an additional HD player.

That stupidity as you call it is consumer choice. I can purchase the HD-DVD player or I cannot. Consumers don't have a chioce to purchase the BD player. It's forced upon them as a trojan horse to push yet another Sony format.

MrCobra said,

That stupidity as you call it is consumer choice. I can purchase the HD-DVD player or I cannot. Consumers don't have a chioce to purchase the BD player. It's forced upon them as a trojan horse to push yet another Sony format.

Consumers are forced to buy a PS3? I'm not sure I follow your logic as no one is being forced to buy a PS3.

Anyway, I purchased an XBox 360 HD-DVD player a few days ago so I hope that it wasn't in vein.

Shadrack said,
Consumers are forced to buy a PS3? I'm not sure I follow your logic as no one is being forced to buy a PS3.

Anyway, I purchased an XBox 360 HD-DVD player a few days ago so I hope that it wasn't in vein.


No, you're forced to pay for the BD player which is totally unnecessary. It adds a higher unnecessary cost to the system. With the 360 you have the choice to buy or not buy the HD-DVD addon. If the 360 does indeed support BD one day then you as a consumer still have a choice to buy the drive or not. With the PS3 you do not have that choice.

If you have a 360, and you buy the additional HD player, that's fine. What I think is stupid is having a 360 with the HD player, and then going off to buy a BD player. Forgive me for be rational as far as spending money. If you want to waste money for both, then by all means, go ahead.

Now as far as options go, well it really can't be done. PS3 uses the space provided on the Blu-ray discs for their games. For Sony, 9GB wasn't going to be enough for this generation. It's not like they did it to say,"Oh look! Another feature!" as Microsoft did (which isn't a bad thing either, new features are great! ).

It's great technology anyhow, and everyone knew what the PS3 was coming with well before it was released, so I fail to see the harm in it really. And considering how much BD players cost, it's a steal really.

Dakkaroth said,
Now as far as options go, well it really can't be done. PS3 uses the space provided on the Blu-ray discs for their games. For Sony, 9GB wasn't going to be enough for this generation. It's not like they did it to say,"Oh look! Another feature!" as Microsoft did (which isn't a bad thing either, new features are great! ).

Have you read anything on how Blu-Ray actually handles the PS3 games? Did you know a good chunk of that Blu-Ray disc is the same data written over and over just so the game can even work right?

For games, it's not exactly the greatest choice.

Blu-Ray outsells HDDVD 2:1 in the US. In Europe HDDVD outsells Blu-Ray 4:1......
I live in Europe... Europe is bigger than the US.
Sure the PS3 has only just launched, but it's in stock everywhere already, it's backward compatible crippled and it's heavily over priced compared to elsewhere in the world.
The HD format "war" might have started in the states but it's literally just begun TODAY in Europe.
Lets start using our own stats shall we. Or at least wait till we have some.
It's likely that the Blu-Ray and HDDVD adoption ratios will differ a bit in different territories.
A quick look at this forum thread on the DVDTimes forum reveals HDDVD is very far ahead at the moment.....

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=464888

Sigh. Where to begin...

Don't forget that the sales figures for players and movies include those given away in Playstation 3, so the stats are skewed a little

For the last time, the pack ins are not included in the Nielsen, which only tallies actual SALES.

I personally prefer HD DVD simply because I don't like Sony and their business practises.

So you prefer convicted monopolist Microsoft (other then Toshiba, the ONLY big company behind HD DVD)?

It's forced upon them as a trojan horse to push yet another Sony format

Again, Blu-ray is the *majority* of the CE industry. Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Hitachi, JVC, Mitsubishi, Yamaha, Dell, Apple, etc.

Did you know a good chunk of that Blu-Ray disc is the same data written over and over just so the game can even work right?

Who makes this stuff up? What's worse is when senior VPs of Microsoft try to sell FUD like "BD50 is science fiction" or that the Samsung couldn't play them, or "16-bit lossy sound is good enough".

In Europe HDDVD outsells Blu-Ray 4:1......
I live in Europe... Europe is bigger than the US.

Perhaps, but Blu-ray has just launched there. You also forget Philips, the largest EU CE company, is a huge part of the Blu-ray format.

HD-DVD is DOA in Japan, Australia, and is dying in the US. BD has greater capacity, bandwidth, consumer electronic, and studio support. So far the ONLY reason people hate it is because they hate Sony, yet not realizing that most of the industry is behind it.

Shows you something when Microsoft, the other company in the HD DVD pool, is leaving its options open. Even they aren't foolish enough to include the drive in the upcoming 360 revision.