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Microsoft to Add Blu-Ray Add-on for XBox 360

Submitted by: XTasy @ 05:03 PM | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | (url:

More than a year after Sony declared victory in the format war, it appears that Microsoft is officially embracing Blu-ray, to an extent. In an interview with Gizmodo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemingly confirmed that the Xbox 360 will eventually be receiving an external Blu-ray drive.

The confirmation came when Ballmer was asked whether the Xbox 360 would be getting a Blu-ray drive anytime soon. He replied, "Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-ray in there - you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories."

Blu-ray for Xbox 360 this fall?

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:47 AM | Friday, May 2, 2008 | (url: http://www.digiti...)

Pegatron Technology, an OEM subsidiary of Asustek Computer, has secured orders from Microsoft to assemble Xbox 360 consoles equipped with a Blu-ray Disc (BD)-ROM drive, with shipments to begin in the third quarter of 2008, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) newspaper.

Analyst: HD DVD demise hasn't meant scramble for Blu-ray

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 07:56 PM | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | (url:

(AP) -- Sales of Blu-ray disc players haven't been helped by maker Toshiba's capitulation over producing the rival HD DVD format, research firm NPD Group said Wednesday.

PS3 to Support DTS-HD Master Audio

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 10:51 PM | Thursday, April 10, 2008 | (url: http://www.dailyt...)

"Further cementing its reputation for being the most capable and versatile Blu-ray Disc player on the market, an upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update will introduce DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio support to the console". - Daily Tech

US Gov't investigating Sony's Blu-ray

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 10:07 PM | Friday, March 21, 2008 | (url: http://www.gamesp...)

The U.S. International Trade Commission said it would launch an investigation into some 30 companies including Sony Corp on possible patent infringements related to Blu-ray disc players and other products.

Besides Sony, companies cited in the ITC announcement include Nokia, Motorola Inc, LG Electronics Inc, and Panasonic maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd.

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Blu-Rays DRM (BD+) removed by Slysoft

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:45 PM | Thursday, March 20, 2008 | (url: http://forum.slys...)

New (Blu-ray): Removes the BD+ protection from Blu-ray discs!
(for increased compatibility with titles released by Twentieth
Century Fox :-)

BD+ is a component of the Blu-ray Disc Digital Rights Management system. It was developed by Cryptography Research Inc. and is based on their Self-Protecting Digital Content concept. BD+ played an important role in the modern day format war between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Several studios have cited Blu-ray Disc's adoption of the BD+ anti-copying system as the reason they supported Blu-ray Disc over HD DVD.

HD-DVD Shutdown to Cost Toshiba $1 Billion

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:02 AM | Friday, March 14, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

Reuters reports that Toshiba stands to lose $986 million due to the shut down of its HD-DVD business, according to reports from Japanese media sources. Toshiba cut its losses last month on the HD-DVD movie format thanks to both movie studios and retailers abandoning the format in favor of Blu-Ray. Toshiba has not officially comments on this newest report.

Microsoft says No Blu-Ray for XBox 360

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 08:30 AM | Thursday, March 13, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

Reuters reports that Microsoft isn't in talks with Sony over Blu-Ray, and that Microsoft is investing more time on the digital aspects of distribution instead of the physical. This was indicated by statements from Aaron Greenburg. Greenburg went on to say that the 360 was still supply-constrained going into the month of February.

Looks like rival Sony asked for more money than Microsoft wanted to pay for the Blu-ray drive.

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Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 10:38 AM | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | (url: http://www.tgdail...)

Pricewatch - Blu-ray Disc players from Samsung, Sony and Sharp are now the most expensive they have been all year, presumably because HD DVD's exit from the high-def disc arena has removed some of Blu-ray's pricing pressure.

Make way for another corporate reaming...

TeraDisc to outshine Blu-Ray by an order of magnitude

Submitted by: Dark Volcanic @ 06:13 PM | Monday, March 10, 2008 | (url: http://thetechdon...)

The company Mempile has developed a method of writing to and from discs with up to 200 layers, giving it a storage capacity of at least 10x the capacity of Blu-Ray, which stands at 50GB.

From TFA, "TeraDisk achieved the 1TB limit by using 200 layers, each storing 5GB of data. ...the write/read laser technology is completely new. They say its going to be cheap and it will be available for the public in 2010."

"...The reason nobody can add more layers on a regular CD/DVD/Blu-Ray disk is because when the light passes through these layers it becomes distorted and by the time it reaches the final layers it becomes almost impossible to read/write on the disk..."

Microsoft to release 60GB Xbox 360

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 06:06 PM | Saturday, March 8, 2008 | (url: http://www.truste...)

British site claims a "rock solid" source says a larger hard drive-equipped console is just weeks away, also spreading rumor that Microsoft may be seeking to add a Blu-Ray drive as well.

According to the Financial Times, Sony Electronics' US President, Stan Glasgow, has confirmed that the company is in talks with Microsoft in reference to offering a Blu-ray drive for the latter company's console.

Universal Goes Blu

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 03:48 PM | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

Universal publicly announced their switch to the Bluray format.

HD-DVD Officially Dead

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 02:36 AM | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

Toshiba announced that it has officially dropped its HD-DVD format ending the format war.

Inside Source: Toshiba about to give up HDDVD

Submitted by: Gundam @ 03:27 PM | Saturday, February 16, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

Toshiba Corp is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high definition DVDs, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp, a company source said on Saturday.

Wal-Mart Phasing Out HD-DVD

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 03:23 PM | Friday, February 15, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

The nation's top retailer will phase out its HD DVD support by early summer.

That's the official word this morning from Wal-Mart, first announced on the company's gadget blog,

According to Wal-Mart execs, the company will begin emphasizing Blu-ray in both brick-and-mortar stores and online over the next thirty days, with plans to completely phase out HD DVD movie and hardware sales by June 2008. The company will continue to sell DVDs and standard-definition hardware.