Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th May 2013 19:11 UTC
Games Good news by Ars' Peter Bright. "According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next Xbox, 'Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet.' It continues, 'There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.'" Conveniently 'leaked' of course.
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Bluray eh?
by Moochman on Mon 6th May 2013 19:24 UTC
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For me Bluray is the biggest news here. Good move MS, Bluray is probably the reason for 50% of PS3 purchases.

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RE: Bluray eh?
by WorknMan on Mon 6th May 2013 19:30 in reply to "Bluray eh?"
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2005-11-13

Bluray is probably the reason for 50% of PS3 purchases.


True, but I don't know how much it matters any more though. A few years ago, the PS3 was considered the only future-proof bluray player on the market. However, I think the format has matured a lot since then. I paid less than $100 for a standalone one a few months ago and it has played everything I've thrown at it, and also does Netflix, Amazon, and about a dozen other different streaming services I'll never use. And I haven't had to install a single firmware update as of yet, whereas the PS3 seemed to want to install a system update every other day.

So I'm not real sure that blurray is still the draw it once was. It's a nice extra, but I don't reckon it's going to be the deciding factor for a lot of people. Now days, it will be like 'well of course it has a bluray player! Why wouldn't it?

Edited 2013-05-06 19:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by Moochman on Mon 6th May 2013 21:39 in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
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2005-07-06

Now days, it will be like 'well of course it has a bluray player! Why wouldn't it?


True. It's pretty much too late for the Bluray to actually be a major selling feature of the next Xbox, but it doesn't hurt. ;)

Also let it be noted that I am a huge fan of Bluray, especially now that prices have come down to "normal" levels and a lot of stuff has been remastered for the format. If you have an HDTV and care even a little bit about picture quality, yet you still don't have some kind of Bluray player, you are really missing out.

Edited 2013-05-06 21:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by Delgarde on Mon 6th May 2013 23:44 in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
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2008-08-19

So I'm not real sure that blurray is still the draw it once was. It's a nice extra, but I don't reckon it's going to be the deciding factor for a lot of people. Now days, it will be like 'well of course it has a bluray player! Why wouldn't it?


Well, yeah... the PS3 came out with BR something like seven years ago now. How seriously would people take the next Xbox, if it were shipping without it now?

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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by tomcat on Tue 7th May 2013 01:14 in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
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So I'm not real sure that blurray is still the draw it once was.


I agree. Disc-based media is on its way out. Streaming is the future.

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RE: Bluray eh?
by moondevil on Mon 6th May 2013 20:32 in reply to "Bluray eh?"
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2005-07-08

I am yet to get any Bluray player.

DVD is enough for the local library stuff and for the rest there is the local cinema and streaming.

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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by shmerl on Tue 7th May 2013 15:40 in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
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Yep, especially with the sickening DRM there it doesn't look very useful.

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RE: Bluray eh?
by bassbeast on Tue 7th May 2013 06:13 in reply to "Bluray eh?"
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But how many bought it JUST to play Blu Ray and thus made Sony lose money?

Frankly I'd say BD is a dead format, look at the number of DVD sales compared to BD sales and its not even close, most titles are selling dozens of DVD for every BD they sell. Sure it'll make a good storage format for games but its obvious that folks are going streaming and DVD instead of BD, at least where I live.

To me the bigger question is how Sony and MSFT are gonna keep their new systems from looking dated in less than a year thanks to the weak as hell chip they chose. I build AMD exclusively and have my whole family and myself on AMD so its not hate here, its just reality, and the reality is that Jaguar is a netbook chip not a gaming chip.

So I think it'll be interesting to see how they squeeze enough horse out of a Bobcat based quad to do 1080p games with heavy physics, tons of HDR lighting, and tons of particle and smoke effects that folks are gonna expect.

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