Xbox 360 users can keep on dreaming about a Blu-Ray attachment for their consoles. Ever since Blu-Ray won the format war against HD in 2008, gamers have begged for an add-on. Now, one year later there’s still no Blu-Ray player and gamers continue to be shot down by Microsoft. How can Sony get away with beating Microsoft over the head with their ‘Blu-Ray ready PS3’?
“As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360,” Xbox Live’s Major Nelson says in his blog post. “In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies. With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.”
Downloadable content has always been the way of Xbox and the recent update to Xbox Live has allowed subscribers to download full games. Movies can be streamed from a user’s Netflix account right to his or her Xbox. Microsoft will soon be taking the next step and giving HD junkies their fix by streaming HD movies and content right to the 360.
Gamers can continue to plaster protests and complaints across the Xbox forums, or they can celebrate. Xbox will now have HD, but Blu-Ray will never be the outlet because Blu-Ray is just a brand. High Definition movies are the product. Xbox users now have the product without the trip to Best Buy for the actual disk. The HD movie will be ready to stream right from the couch. Let the forum battles begin: Blu-Ray or instant HD streaming?