After 5 years of smack talk and pretty much denying Blu-ray as a valid format, Microsoft is finally considering the possibility of bringing Blu-ray to the Xbox 360. As video games continue to push the limits of graphics and gaming data, standard dual layer discs just want to and Microsoft may have to swallow their distaste for Blu-ray and do what’s best for friends.
Microsoft released their Xbox 360 console in the midst of a high definition format war – between HD DVD and Blu-ray – and Microsoft sided opposite Blu-ray in favor of the HD DVD format, which was one of the biggest mistakes of the last generation consoles. After the big HD format war, instead of embracing Blu-ray as a viable asset to the Xbox 360, Microsoft lashed out against Blu-ray claiming that downloading and streaming games would be the successor of DVDs, not Blu-ray.
5 years ago, it was possible to doubt the future of Blu-ray, but to doubt the importance of Blu-ray in its current state would be completely foolish. Blu-ray DVDs are the de facto standard disc storage format, Blu-ray movies have grown to mass appeal, and now that 3D is conquering the world, Microsoft could be dooming the future of its Xbox 360 console it they continue to dismiss the Blu-ray format.
Rumors of the Xbox 360 Blu-ray player have been floating around since 2008, but recent news – provided by the good folks at computerandvideogames.com – the long awaited arrival of Blu-ray on the Xbox 360 could be in the making. Microsoft once believed that downloads and streaming games would be the wave of the future, but as games like Uncharted 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4 push the limits of Blu-ray, Microsoft is put in a position to take on the Blu-ray format or perish.
Despite Microsoft’s past Blu-ray bashing, the Blu-ray Disc Association isn’t above allowing Microsoft to join the Blu-ray ranks and stated that “Any company willing to join would be welcome.” The Microsoft/Blu-ray deal may take a while to bloom into fruition, but as a fan of both the Xbox 360 and the Blu-ray format, I can’t wait for the arrival of Blu-ray on the Xbox 360 console.
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