Since the untimely demise of HD-DVD many have felt it an open secret that Microsoft would, eventually, relent and ship their own Blu-ray player for Xbox360.
Forbes recently interviewed Microsoft's gaming VP of business Shane Kim who "can categorically say" that the company isn't working on any such player.
"I can categorically say that we're not working on a Blu-Ray player for Xbox 360," said Kim. "To my knowledge, we don't have any intent to do that."
Digital distribution is their current focus at Microsoft commented Kim, and recently it was announced thatwill be streaming video content to the next gen console this fall. Also announced was Xbox Live Primetime with the corporate giant looking to muscle in on TV networks.
"We are in the entertainment business," says Kim. "Many of our partners are the major networks and entertainment studios ... Being in the entertainment business, you partner with people and you may compete with those people as well."
What of a higher capacity disc though? Some developers having already laid out some of their concerns for the future and the limitations of dual layer DVDs.
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Microsoft "don't have any intent" for Blu-ray player on Xbox360
17 July 2008 | By Simon Priest