UK, June 9, 2008 - Microsoft's Robbie Bach has categorically denied a fresh round of rumours that the Xbox 360 will be supporting Blu-ray in the near future, but was less quick to scotch speculation that motion controls were on their way to the console.
Bach, who has the pleasure of overseeing the Entertainment & Devices Division, reiterated the company's stance on the technology in an interview with
SF Gate, emphasizing Microsoft's focus on delivering content over Xbox Live. "You have to look at how fundamentally compelling the difference is between a progressive scan DVD player and the picture that it can produce and what you get on a high-definition player," he added, "The reality is there is some difference, but most people look at it and say, "I am not going to pay extra for that."
One persistent rumour that looks to have more credence is the possibility of motion controls coming to the 360, with Bach conceding that it's an interesting technology whilst reiterating Microsoft's own innovations. "Look at things that are happening in music games and the massive popularity of things like Rock Band and Guitar Hero," said Bach, "Look at the phenomenon that is Xbox Live and what that's done and how that is changing the game space. If you were doing a canonical of what's new and exciting in this generation, you would put all three as the major trend of things that are happening in the marketplace. We participate in some of those and we don't participate in others. That's what defines the differences between us and Nintendo. We don't have any specific plans about what we are going to do technologically."
When further pushed on whether work was taking place on the technology, Bach said that "We have people working on all kinds of things."http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/880/880138p1.html