Xbox 360 Blu-ray rumours resurface

Microsoft may introduce add-on Blu-ray player to replace HD DVD

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  February 19, 2008

Rumours that Microsoft will release a Blu-ray optical drive add-on for its Xbox 360 gaming console have resurfaced on the web, following news that support for the HD DVD optical format may soon be dropped by chief supporter Toshiba.

This is not the first time these rumours have come to light; various industry insiders previously speculated that Microsoft would release a Blu-ray drive for its console. Microsoft staff commented shortly thereafter saying it was 100% committed to the HD DVD optical standard.

The latest rumours however speculate that Microsoft is already working on a Blu-ray add-on drive and that it could be on sale as early as May of this year. It is also alleged by websites such as Engadget , Joystiq and ITwire that Microsoft is working on a new 360 console with a built-in Blu-ray player. Microsoft has not yet responded to the new batch of rumours thus far.

Currently Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is sold as standard with a DVD-ROM optical drive. Sony's PlayStation3 in contrast is sold with a built-in Blu-Ray player. Microsoft offers a separate HD-DVD USB drive for users wishing to upgrade their consoles to watch HD content.

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