Originally Posted by mikimbin1580
Is sad cuz you loose quality in video and audio. Buttttttt that's the way they want to do things. Hopefully for the (code name-720) they will input blu-ray...
What you lose in BR discs, you still gain in other places. The absence of a BR drive makes the Xbox360 cheaper to produce than its competitor and also cheaper to buy for consumers. Also to take full advantage of BR movies you need a 1080p/24 capable TV & 7.1 surround system. Few people realistically have a setup that advanced, especially in this economy. MS designed the 360 to be most affordable HD gaming platform which would make it available to biggest audience. And its been well documented MS has never been a proponent of sticking with disc based storage.
MS has offically stated they prefer content to be downloaded or streamed from a network connection, where it can be controlled, leased and protected against piracy. So its was never in their best interest to help promote BR. The only reason they support HDDVD was to stagnate BR growth, hoping to suffocate it. Downloading and streaming content also get that content to the consumer quicker and faster. Netflix movies are a great example, they may not have the absolute A/V quality of a BR movie.. but its $9 a month for all-you-can-watch movie/shows/programming and it streams well in HD versus getting off the couch, driving to Best Buy and purchasing a $30 disc to watch a movie in HD. For most people (especially those without 1080p/24 sets & 7.1 systems) streaming & downloading movies are adequate enough to watch HD programming. Of course Zune marketplace & movies provides even better quality at a higher price.
I wouldnt necessarily bet on the Xbox720 either, as it may also skip BR all together. By the time its introduced (2012 or later) bandwidth availability & speeds will have continued to increase. Combine that with more efficient A/V codecs and cheap flash USB memory that is now allowable on the 360 and expect more games, movies & media to be downloaded to the harddrive or USB sticks in the future. There are many people like myself who have no desire to own any more discs of any kind (CD/DVD/BR) now that most media can be streamed or downloaded. Discs are unneccesary clutter in my home. MS also has the option to invest in another disc technology, that is non-BR, to avoid paying BR royality fees to Sony & the gang.
I guess the whole point is.. BR isnt absolutely necessary. And that as far as we know.. the Xbox will not support BR. If you are looking for a BR solution, there are many standalone units to choose from.. or of course the PS3 which support BR out the box.