Found 22nd Oct 2009
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The Microsoft Xbox 360 is soon set to get its own separate Blu-ray drives, according to comments made by the company's CEO Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft has, to date, shied away from embracing Blu-ray as a next-gen movie format, preferring instead to focus heavily on its digital download strategy.

However, that may all soon change, if comments made in a recent Gizmodo interview with Steve Ballmer are to be believed.

A 'woolly' confirmation

When asked if the Xbox 360 would be getting a Blu-ray drive anytime soon, Ballmer said: "Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-ray in there - you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories."

It is hardly an 'official' confirmation and all a little 'woolly' and Microsoft's PR army has been quick to issue 'no comments' when pressed on the matter.

18 Comments

If true awesome

You won't be able to get games on that format so it's not that important.

Unless of course they drastically revamp the machine at the same time as introducing Natal and start releasing games dual format (Though I suspect that would be viewed as far too confusing for consumers).

the 360 will never get it, especially not games on blue ray, it will be the next gen console that gets it and there is still a good 2-4 years left in the old dog yet so things may have changed drastically again by then anyway..

Lol just bought a PS3 for the Blu Ray machine and Fifa, damn...

Dont know why they dont just get on with it

It would make them serious millions and take some new sales away from PS3 as a lot of people are no doubt looking for a PS3 because of the bluray (me included)

and of course people who have a 360 but didnt want a ps3 but consider getting one for the bluray...

The xbox is still WAYYYYY to noisy to be a primary media center. I have a newish 360 and a PS3 slim next to one another. I play games on the PS3 - quiet as a gnats fart, I play on the 360 even with the game installed to the HDD - loud as the worlds fattest mans fart.

So for the moment, the PS3 is miles ahead in the home media center stakes (still prefer the 360 for games though :))

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The xbox is still WAYYYYY to noisy to be a primary media center. I have a … The xbox is still WAYYYYY to noisy to be a primary media center. I have a newish 360 and a PS3 slim next to one another. I play games on the PS3 - quiet as a gnats fart, I play on the 360 even with the game installed to the HDD - loud as the worlds fattest mans fart.So for the moment, the PS3 is miles ahead in the home media center stakes (still prefer the 360 for games though :))



Xbox 360 I have is near silent in operation. :thumbsup:

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Xbox 360 I have is near silent in operation. :thumbsup:



Do you actually use it to play games on then as you are the first person I have heard say that........ of the 7 or so 360s I have had, either straight from switching them on or after playing for about 1/2 hour the fans to keep the thing cool start to become really really audible. I know from my experience I would always choose the PS3 over the xbox to play a dvd/stream films.

Its a shame MS dropped the ball on the shoddy build quality of the 360. If they had actually built a reliable AND QUIET machine it may be that HD-DVD would have been king and not Blu-ray!

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Do you actually use it to play games on then as you are the first person … Do you actually use it to play games on then as you are the first person I have heard say that........ of the 7 or so 360s I have had, either straight from switching them on or after playing for about 1/2 hour the fans to keep the thing cool start to become really really audible. I know from my experience I would always choose the PS3 over the xbox to play a dvd/stream films. Its a shame MS dropped the ball on the shoddy build quality of the 360. If they had actually built a reliable AND QUIET machine it may be that HD-DVD would have been king and not Blu-ray!



I play games on mine for long periods of time, Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, Halo ODST, Brutal Legend etc and mine makes a bit of noise booting up then it's very quiet after that.

Is brutal legends worth getting hold of? Whats the multiplayer like as I have high hopes for it considering the developers had that semi sorted before even starting on the single player story

let me gues, 100 quid for the drive?

autolesbona;6655469

Do you actually use it to play games on then as you are the first person … Do you actually use it to play games on then as you are the first person I have heard say that........ of the 7 or so 360s I have had, either straight from switching them on or after playing for about 1/2 hour the fans to keep the thing cool start to become really really audible. I know from my experience I would always choose the PS3 over the xbox to play a dvd/stream films. Its a shame MS dropped the ball on the shoddy build quality of the 360. If they had actually built a reliable AND QUIET machine it may be that HD-DVD would have been king and not Blu-ray!



Yep play games(from hard drive of course) watch films etc, nice and quiet. :thumbsup:

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Yep play games(from hard drive of course) watch films etc, nice and … Yep play games(from hard drive of course) watch films etc, nice and quiet. :thumbsup:



You lucky *******. Is it a Jasper one as all mine so far have been pre-Jasper

Can't see them making this finacially viable as the price of standalone players keeps falling. My 360 is fairly quiet when playing games from HDD but from disc it is still fairly loud (3 week old Elite).

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You lucky *******. Is it a Jasper one as all mine so far have been … You lucky *******. Is it a Jasper one as all mine so far have been pre-Jasper



Nope pre jasper :thumbsup:
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