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The Financial Times citing an unnamed senior executive reports that rivals Sony and Microsoft are discussing the possibility of offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360. Sony Electronics US president Stan Glasgow also noted that the company was holding discussions with both Microsoft and Apple over Blu-Ray. The report even claims that there is also the possibility of an internal Blu-ray drive being incorporated into a new, more expensive Xbox 360 model, as it is already done in the PlayStation 3. Currently all Xbox 360 consoles support the HD-DVD format only, but since Toshiba abandoned production last month, Microsoft has no choice but to reconsider Blu-ray as vital step forward. Microsoft refused to comment on the story.
Source: The Financial Times, GameSpot, TechPowerUp
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That's gotta burn...
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thats a bit of a slap in the face for Microsoft, but sony better be calculating their profit very accuratly if their going to start distributing that techonolgy to direct competitors...
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I don't see why they shouldn't do it, there's X number of 360's out there already and thats the number of external BD drives they could make money off (licensing). They may lose a few PS3 sales for those that did not have a game system and wanted a bluray player but I don't think they;ll loose enough to make up the licensing profits. Ofcourse, what the hell do I know, lol.
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post #5 of 19
At least microsoft can admit they need blu-ray. This is good I guess. Not to mention sony's getting a lot o moolah from this.
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thats a bit of a slap in the face for Microsoft, but sony better be calculating their profit very accuratly if their going to start distributing that techonolgy to direct competitors...
More of a slap in the face of Toshiba, since Sony will be supply the hi-def players for the 360 instead of them.
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More of a slap in the face of Toshiba, since Sony will be supply the hi-def players for the 360 instead of them.
Not necessarily, I can imagine the negotiations for this:

Sony: Ok we'll give you Blu ray if you agree to these conditions:
1. Bend over

MS:



Sony doesn't "own" Blu-Ray, and if they try to lord it over MS then they will turn to another company like LG or Samsung.
    
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LoL, give the enemy your best weapon. Sony... Really... Wow.
    
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Not necessarily, I can imagine the negotiations for this:

Sony: Ok we'll give you Blu ray if you agree to these conditions:
1. Bend over

MS:



Sony doesn't "own" Blu-Ray, and if they try to lord it over MS then they will turn to another company like LG or Samsung.
Sony isn't the only company MS could turn to for Blu-Ray. You have Phillips, Samsung, etc. So it would be in Sony's best interest to take advantage of this opportunity.
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Sony isn't the only company MS could turn to for Blu-Ray. You have Phillips, Samsung, etc. So it would be in Sony's best interest to take advantage of this opportunity.
Exactly, but the real question is, are they smart enough to realize that they will make more profit manufacturing the drives for the 360 than they will lose when people realize that they can get the best of both worlds with the 360. But it is sony we're talking about here, the company that has lost millions in lawsuits for putting anti-copy viruses on their audio CDs and the company that didn't support mp3 technology for years because of filesharing. So logic and sony don't exactly tend to go hand in hand.
    
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