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Old 01-09-2009, 01:10 PM
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Default Robbie Bach Explains Why Blu-Ray Isn't Coming To Xbox 360

Rumors flew last year that Microsoft would be implementing Blu-ray in the Xbox 360 after the demise of HD-DVD. Nothing came of it though, and now Robbie Bach is here to explain why.
In an interview with Techflash, Bach said that when people are asked to list the things they want developed for the Xbox 360, "Blu-ray is way, way down on the list." Bach also expressed concerns about such a move splitting the market.

"From a technical perspective, it doesn't help us in the core of what Xbox does, which is in gaming. We can't have publishers produce games on Blu-ray disc," Bach said. "Because then they won't play on the 28 million Xboxes we've already shipped. So it doesn't help us in the core gaming space."

Bach also couldn't resist throwing in a little praise for Netflix's movie streaming service, calling it a "great Xbox Live solution." So if you were holding out hope that maybe, someday, Microsoft would be releasing a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, here's what looks like the final word. You may now commence debating the merits of Netflix streaming versus Blu-ray compatibility.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:12 PM
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In my opinion, the real reason lies in the second paragraph, second and 3rd sentences. It's not useful to their gaming division at this point.
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