Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Rumors, all. This is a rumors site.

    Does make sense - MS just added HDMI, and need to introduce the 360 with the new chipset...

    http://www.smarthouse.com.au/Gaming/Console/J7L7H2R4

     
  2. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Would Sony really grant MS a Blu-ray license?

    I'm not so sure about 2008, but I'd image the XBox 360 v.II that is supposed to roll around in '10 will have an inbuilt BD drive.
     
  3. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

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    I think Microsoft has an invitation to join Blu.

    Link

    Would it be a good investment for Microsoft? Not Really. Only 12% of 360 owners bought a HD DVD drive and one could only expect similar results with a blu add-on. Microsoft probably knows that their market (gaming) is in competing with the Wii, not the PS3. With the PS3 arguably being the best Blu Ray player on the market right now, and with no other reasonably priced players coming out until summer, it will sell like crazy. Sales don't matter to developers if people don't buy games. I predict the PS3 will become the most "unattached" console in history, and that the other consoles will still sell more games than it, even if they do have a lower number of buyers.
     
  4. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Sure. Sony will then start making money off of Microsoft's own sales, plus it should increase Sony's movie sales to 360 owners.
     
  5. takao macrumors 68040

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    if 12% of all 360 user had bought a hd dvd drive then this war would very likely still go on ... that would make more than a million players

    that said releasing another external add on still can make a financial sense especially now when a winner is emerging and people are actually start buying those discs (sorry so far only early adopters have bought them... and those normally don't have problem affording yet another player and discs)
    if they can sell 1-2 millions of blu ray player add ons for the 360 that could mean quite some profit
     
  6. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    YEP!

    STILL waiting to download "Transformers" in HD on my AppleTV that I started last evening (I turned it off this morning before work and I just turned it on again, it's only at 75% on my slow DSL network)...

    Just wanted to see what HD rentals on my AppleTV looked like. I usually only rent the SD and go out and buy the disc if I really like it...
     
  7. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    BD isn't OWNED by Sony, it's owned by BDA.
     
  8. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes, it's a matter of Toshiba, MS, and the rest of the studios joining the BDA.

    Toshiba may make that announcement tomorrow.... :)
     
  9. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

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    I don't remember where I got 12%. This is the most recent figure I can find, pointing that the add on wouldn't sell more than 500,000 tops (leeway for holiday sales).
    http://xboxfamily.com/xf/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1041&Itemid=2

    Then compare it to the number of PS3's sold; almost 4 million in America, nearly 10 million worldwide. Granted not all PS3 owners will take advantage of blu ray. I have some friends who play blu ray on their 27'' SDTV's just because their PS3's can.

    Speaking for myself, I would rather buy a PS3 than a 360 add-on, and am planning to do just that in the next year or so because I can play games on it too. Although gaming will be its secondary purpose to HD movie watching.
     
  10. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    I would be happy when MS make official confirm to port BD add-on for Xbox 360.

    I'm Xbox 360 user, also own Wii too but I don't want PS3 for some reason.

    BD add-on for Xbox 360 would work on Mac under Windows via bootcamp, it did same thing with HD-DVD add-on.
     
  11. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Let's hope its quieter than the 360's internal drive. How is the HD-DVD external drive for noise?
     
  12. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    and with the little rumblings that MS may buy Epic (thus giving MS $$$ every time the Unreal Engine is used on any platform) it may be a good way for Sony to ink some cash-ola
     
  13. Agathon macrumors 6502a

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    See... Sony were right. I remember when the 360 was announced and noted critics said that the decision to go with a standard DVD drive for games was a mistake. Looks like they knew what they were talking about.
     
  14. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Not really, the 360 was out earlier, and was and will always be cheaper than the PS3. What would've they gone with - HD DVD???
     
  15. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    A 50 GB 1080p movie? Please. Consider that a dual-layer DVD, once ripped and encoded in MPEG-4 drops down to one or two gigabytes in size.

    If a 1080p movie is 50 GB in size, you must be using some horrible encoding. It shouldn't be anywhere near that- it'll probably be a single-digit number.

    Regardless, it'll still take a while to download unless you're on a very high speed connection. No instant gratification, and there are entire cities with no internet access outside of dialup.






    Let me give you a hint- don't apply for a market analyst job ;)

    Firstly, the Wii is probably NOT having a huge effect on 360 sales. They're targeting totally different demographics- only people on really tight budgets will buy a Wii instead of a 360. Most Wii owners either have another console as well or never wanted a 360 in the first place (especially the casuals).

    PS3 is the one targeting the same demographic, and worse- the PS3 is rapidly gaining.

    It's been outselling the 360 consistently in Europe recently, by as much as three times on a monthly basis in some countries. At current rates the PS3 should have passed the 360 in European sales by the middle of this year barring a sudden shift away from the PS3 (unlikely with all of the exclusives on the way- especially considering how crazy Europe is for Gran Turismo).

    The PS3's been outselling the 360 in Japan since launch and has a marketshare far larger over there.

    And the PS3 just outsold the 360 for the first time in the states in January.

    The fact that in NPD numbers the 360 is always in the lead makes the PS3 look bad, but you do have to remember that the 360 is in its second year. If you compare PS3 year one to 360 year one, PS3 did better- and since the PS3's finally reached the point where it sold MORE units in one month, it's actually on track to pass the 360.

    [math nerd]If you compare the PS3 and 360's graphs side by side for North America, the 360 has the highest peak, but at the current point, the slope of the graph is even, and the PS3's slope has been consistently increasing faster.[/math nerd]

    So, PS3 has won in Japan, is about to win in Europe, and is gaining ground in North America. And most importantly, it targets the same demographic.

    Microsoft's probably starting to sweat.
     
  16. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    What?

    These are iTunes store purchases for my AppleTV.

    "The Invasion" on SD for almost DVD quality was 1.6Gigs. "Transformers" in 720p is STILL downloading.

    My point: HD downloads are just not worth it. I'm not going to pay $70/month for high speed cable internet...

    I'll just rent the SD instead and if I like it, go get the disc itself...
     
  17. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Thats where the shortage announcement comes in....but I'm not suppose to comment on such things opps:D

    So back to this MS buying epic thing....WTF?!

    Sony will no doubt allow MS to put a BD external with the 360....its about the royalties on evey blu-ray attachement sold.



    Bless
     
  18. robanga macrumors 68000

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    To be consistent with the 360s target of being a digital hub, I would guess we will see a stand alone BR drive similar to the HD one, sooner rather than later. This will help MS get the fence sitters that ma decide to try a PS3 because of this feature.

    It seems like the PS3 fans are coming out of the woodwork on this and using it as yet another sign of " Microsoft's impending demise"

    Nintendo is the big success story of late, still the 360 has considerable share and is now a profitable business for the Redmond clan. Sony has a long way to go but things are starting to pick up for them.

    Its a three horse race and will be for some time.
     
  19. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Oh I don't doubt they take a while to download. But they are nowhere near 50 gigs is all I'm saying.

    Like you said- "The Invasion" was 1.6 gigs. The DVD would have been 9 gigs. The wonders of compression...

    A 1080p movie is probably 8 or 9 gigabytes. Not 50.
     
  20. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Wake me when MS is no longer hemorrhaging money on the XBox, I wouldn't consider over 6 billion lost profitable. :eek:

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  21. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Over 6 billion lost, and the massive XBox 360 failure rates have probably minimized any recent profits if they exist.
     
  22. robanga macrumors 68000

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    http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8838&Itemid=2

    To me, you are profitable when you are taking in more money than you are spending. Not when you are done recouping your initial investment. (that would be a break even point for a project, something quite different)

    So I'd guess that even with failure rates as high as they are (recent report says 16%, I think its even higher than that), they are no longer "hemorrhaging dollars". They took a large accounting charge to pay for extending warranties and they still are making a profit, that gives you some glimpse into the scale of the business.
     
  23. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    I'm sorry, but making $300 million in a quarter compared to a >$6 billion loss is hardly a trend. The original XBox had a single profitable quarter- the quarter in which Halo 2 was released. The XBox 360 has had two profitable quarters, right after Halo 3's release.

    These profitable quarters are NOTHING compared to what the system has lost.

    I question whether it will be long term or not. We will see if it remains consistent. Holiday seasons are always the most profitable. Just because the Christmas after a Halo launch was profitable does not mean spring and summer will be.

    In fact, the fact that the highest software sales in history (Halo 3) "only" made up for the previous year's loss over the same time period is actually rather pathetic.
     
  24. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Its nice to see there are still dreamers with their collectives heads up their.. well you know..

    It's even better to see that there are people with their heads in the right place :) Good analysis.

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  25. Agathon macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.

    There are two aspects to this. First, the PS3 is a better media centre, since it has blu ray built in, and because it is much quieter. If you listen to music at a normal volume, all you can hear is the Xbox fan.

    But the real killer isn't going to show yet. Look at all these wonderful games with vast worlds and intricate plots. Now how much of that kind of stuff can you fit on to a normal DVD as opposed to a blu ray disc? Some games are already that big. World of Warcraft is an example (about 15 gigs when I last had it installed). In a couple of years a DVD just won't be enough.

    Microsoft has said that games will never be run off of an addon HD disc drive. That is a limitation that will become more evident over the life of the console.

    And the Xbox is pretty expensive once you buy the addons to achieve the same functionality as the PS3 (I know, I own both consoles). As far as gaming goes, they are about the same right now, but Microsoft's decision not to go with HD game media will hurt them.
     

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