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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RE[2]: Bluray eh?
by Delgarde on Mon 6th May 2013 23:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Bluray eh?"
Delgarde
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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[3]: Bluray eh?
by tomcat on Tue 7th May 2013 01:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Bluray eh?"
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2006-01-06

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?


Well, Xbox needs a disc format. It's not going back to DVD, and Microsoft wasn't going to invent a new format like HD-DVD. So, really, there was no other choice but BluRay. Not that it matters. BluRay isn't going to sell more Xboxes. You can buy a decent BluRay player for $50-100 now.

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RE[4]: Bluray eh?
by WorknMan on Tue 7th May 2013 01:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Bluray eh?"
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2005-11-13

Well, Xbox needs a disc format. It's not going back to DVD, and Microsoft wasn't going to invent a new format like HD-DVD.


Well, they may not invent a new movie format, but are you sure they wouldn't go with a proprietary something-something that doesn't play movies? Both the Dreamcast and Gamecube went with non-standard formats, so it's not like it's never been done before. We'll forget about the fact that those two systems weren't exactly stunning successes ;) As long as they have a disc format that can load approx 50gb (or whatever the BR standard is), then it probably doesn't matter if it can play blu-ray movies or not.

On the other hand, this 'leak' seems to point at blu-ray support, so ....

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