Well it seems as Mr. Ballmer’s “words” needed clarification once again. According to Xbox number 1 blogger, Major Nelson, it seems as Mr.Balmer was talking about Pc.
WELL SAY SO!
From Major Nelson’s Blog
During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360. I wanted to clear something up. Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC. As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360. In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies. With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.
We did an article that hinted to the Xbox 360 possibly using Blu-Ray in future. Well it now looks like it could be a reality according to comments made by company CEO Steve Ballmer in a recent interview with Gizmodo.
When asked whether Microsoft has plans for an Xbox 360 with an internal Blu-ray drive, Ballmer told Gizmodo: “Well I don’t know that we need to put Blu-ray in there – you’ll be able to get Blu-ray drives, you can get Blu-ray drives as accessories. I think probably the future of movies is mostly on-demand actually as opposed to via distribution on physical media. So we’re just going to keep driving forward and try to make it the best entertainment – overall entertainment, not just gaming but overall entertainment – experience we can.”
We know that Mr.Balmmer needed to correct his comments earlier this year regarding their position with Blu-Ray, so take that as you will but to further the story a Microsoft PR person later told the site that their immediate solution for Blu-ray-quality video on an Xbox 360 will be “coming this fall with Zune Video and 1080p instant-on HD streaming. As far as our future plans are concerned, we’re not ready to comment.”
So there you have it, still no conclusion, but once again, it is looking positive.
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