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I think people who were hoping for Blu-Ray wanted an external player for movies like the HD-DVD add-on. Not a mandatory internal disc drive that was going to drive the system price up that obviously couldn't be used for games. That's kind of a moot issue now though since standalone players can be had for as low as $200 (I think, I might be off on that).


I never would have expected MS to release a Blu-Ray drive anyway. They're the company at the forefront of trying to kill physical media and gain a chokehold on digital distribution. It doesn't make sense for their long term business model to support the successor to DVD.
 

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I think people who were hoping for Blu-Ray wanted an external player for movies like the HD-DVD add-on. Not a mandatory internal disc drive that was going to drive the system price up that obviously couldn't be used for games. That's kind of a moot issue now though since standalone players can be had for as low as $200 (I think, I might be off on that).


I never would have expected MS to release a Blu-Ray drive anyway. They're the company at the forefront of trying to kill physical media and gain a chokehold on digital distribution. It doesn't make sense for their long term business model to support the successor to DVD.

Yeah and I've watched several HD movies on Netflix on the xbox and I don't see the need for a Bluray player. Now we just need netflix to get new releases available online in HD and we would all be set.
 

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Yeah and I've watched several HD movies on Netflix on the xbox and I don't see the need for a Bluray player. Now we just need netflix to get new releases available online in HD and we would all be set.

Ya, uber compressed 2.1 sound HD is great, so is the selection. Who needs DVD, we have youtube!
 

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Well I'm fairly happy with the 360 movie downloads at 720p and 5.1. I'm in no rush to purchase a BR player. But I might be interested if they offered an add-on at a reasonable price. If they offered a 360 with a BR built in, they'll be waiting a long time before I get one as I already have 3 360's.
 

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Yeah and I've watched several HD movies on Netflix on the xbox and I don't see the need for a Bluray player. Now we just need netflix to get new releases available online in HD and we would all be set.

Wow wow wow, hold up never said that. I simply said incorporating a Blu-Ray player doesn't mesh with MS's long term business plans. Downloaded movies and HD netflix streams are in no way a replacement for Blu-Ray yet. Even on my 720p TV with 5.1 DD/DTS sound system Blu-Ray offers a significant advantage over the compressed video with 2.0 sound that MS and Sony are offering for download.
 

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Plus, an add-on (of any kind) no longer makes sense for either MS or the value-conscious consumer. Not with standalone BD players headed deep into sub-$200 territory by summer and not with Oppo readying their first universal BD player. MS would have to price the add-on under $99 to sell any and even then it would be of limited value.

Me, I don't see all that many movies as being worth the BD "HD-tax" so I'm happy with the combo of Video Marketplace HD rentals on the few HF-worthies on my to-view list and Toshiba upscaling on the rest so I can comfortably wait for the Oppo.

BD just isn't high on my priorities list...
 

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I have so many options for HD from Directv, Live Marketplace(soon Netflix when I return from deployment), PS3, Laptop with BR+HDMI and a 32 LCD while I am on deployment. No need for an add-on and it is too late now for it. We all know MS only backed HD-DVD so they can get movie marketplace and eventually Netflix deal up and running.
 

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I was going to say I really hope the next xbox has blu-ray for movies but then I realized I have a PS3 for that reason so it doesn't really change much for me.


I know every keeps talking about digital distrubtion for Microsoft's next console and games. Lets say they had an optical drive (which I think they would have to) even say a single layer Blu-Ray would be 25gb. How many people's ISP's would let, or be happy about them downloading multiple 25gb+ files a month? + on top of of everything else like HD movies.?


I bet the ISP's will be clamouring for a slice of the pie as microsoft sells things over the internet using up lots of bandwidth.
 
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