The Chinese language Economic Daily News has reported that an order has been placed from Microsoft to manufacture new Xbox 360s with an internal Blu-ray drive. Are the rumours true or is this just wishful thinking? If Microsoft does include the Blu-ray drive will it hurt their former statements that the Xbox 360 would focus on downloadable HD content via Xbox Live, and that the future of content is not with discs?
Still though an Xbox 360 that could play both gaming discs as well as hi def Blu-ray discs would open the doors for the Microsoft product. And, if they did go with Sony’s Blu-ray format, what would hold them back from pursuing a gaming console compatible with Sony’s PS3 discs? A completely different technology yes, but so is Blu-ray.
Pegatron, the PC manufacturer, has apparently been given the orders. Quarter 3 will bring the truth of the matter.