Microsoft Talking About Blu-ray with Sony
It seemed inevitable since the death of HD DVD, but as Jonathan alluded to yesterday, Microsoft is apparently in talks with Sony with regards to a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360. And that drive might just be an add-on to the system, a la the HD DVD player, or a full-blown integrated drive that’s built right into Microsoft’s game box.
Whether through an add-on or a built-in drive, this would mean extra money for Sony. And, conceivably, Sony could be making money off each PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sold, assuming that an integrated Blu-ray 360 is offered. That’d be quite an interesting scenario, no?
Microsoft’s official stance on the subject is essentially a no comment. ”We have made no such announcement. Games are what are driving consumers to purchase game consoles and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster games available,” the company said.
Offering the HD DVD add-on was all about choice, Microsoft repeatedly said. It’s only logical that a Blu-ray player would be offered because it is a choice, isn’t it? John Schappert didn’t seem too excited about the idea last month, but it seems like it would be a big mistake to not at least dabble in the growing Blu-ray market.
Note: The image above is a Photoshopped image. And a damn good one, at that. (For me.)