Some websites are reporting “rumors” of Microsoft getting
ready to add Blu-ray support to the Xbox 360.
I’m not going to link to the main website in question, because nothing
on that site has ever been true (unless there is an Xbox 360 with HD DVD intergated out there, it was said to be true by this website on at least three different occasions. There are several other false stories out of this site too).
Unger of CE Pro does
have the basic rundown of the issue, but don’t believe that Blu-ray is on
the way to the Xbox 360.
Among the reasons behind this are outlined
in a previous post I wrote about support in Media Center. All of these issues apply for the Xbox 360 as
- Blu-ray support means adding a Java-based BD-J interactivity
layer to the Xbox 360. Highly doubtful
to ever happen
- The video/audio codecs are not really in question here, both
HD DVD and Blu-ray use the same basic codecs.
- Blu-ray has extra DRM in BD+. The Xbox 360 can already do AACS, but they
are not going to add BD+ support.
Microsoft has been opposed to it from the start.
I really wish more respected sites like Engadget would stop
linking to well known false stories and publishers.