Rumor: Microsoft Ready to Ship Blu-Ray Equipped Xbox 360

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horzo

Recommending anyone buy an Xbox Arcade is ridiculous. A modern console system that doesn't have the capacity to download large files is essentially crippled. So, $300 for Xbox w/20GB drive + $150 for the BD drive = more than the cost of a 40GB PS3 with built-in BD.

The best of both worlds would be a system with the Xbox's easy-to-program-for hardware and an internal BD drive allowing game devs to utilize the full capacity of an HD format. Not to mention the fact that a slower-spinning internal drive would make the Xbox sound a bit less like a vacuum cleaner on steroids. Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen. MS has to maintain compatibility with existing 360s.

 

 

 

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guest001

The Xbox 360 has been upgraded from its original 20gb hard drive to an 60gb hard drive, maintaining the same price, making it quite an even trade, especially with all of the exclusive games on the 360.

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horzo

I have both consoles and rarely use either. My PS3 is used for watching BDs maybe twice a week, and my 360 is uh, well, I can't actually remember the last time I turned it on...

 

 

 

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Pyrophorics

No one recommended, just suggesting that people are going to do that instead of a PS3. Personally, I already have all three systems and love each in their own ways.

What I have noticed though is that people like to believe the 360 is cheaper even though once you all all the same features as the PS3 it costs more. People will only see that you can get a Arcade for $200 and the Blu-Ray for $100-150. 

Personally, I would never suggest any addon device such as a movie player.

 

In either case, gamers that own a 360 and that were on the fence about buying a PS3 will now just buy the Blu-Ray drive.

Really, this just proves the one thing I have said about the PS3 since its launch. Sony doesn't care about the PS3 as a gaming system, only that their next gen movie format survives. They don't want another beta max on their hands.

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Pyrophorics

Offering Blu-Ray for the 360 will end the war over PS3 and give current 360 owners almost no reason to buy the system.

In addition, setting a retail price of $100-150 would leave the setup still costing less than a PS3. Buy yourself a $200 360 Arcade system and the Blu-Ray addon for $300-350 total. Thats just nuts!

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maniacm0nk3y

They do have a good thing going with the movies, and now introducing netflix-maybe that's their way of going instead of blu-ray? But it would do a great deal to sales to include blu-ray...but it kind of pushes the early adopters (like usual) to a negative end.

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roninnder

Repeat after me... downloaded/streaming media is not a replacement for optical media.  Not for blu-ray, not for dvds.  Not this year, not next year, not the year after that.  I reserve judgement on the following years.

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maniacm0nk3y

But in Microsoft's terms that's the best quality to give to consumers.

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