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Xbox 360 to get Blu-ray drives from ASUS?

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Fri May 2, 2008

Fresh Xbox Blu-ray rumors

Microsoft is turning to Pegatron Technology, a subsidiary of ASUS, to produce Xbox 360 consoles with integrated Blu-ray drives, according to reports. Exactly one month ago, Microsoft denied rumors of Lite-On producing a Blu-ray drive for its popular game console, but chose words carefully to avoid excluding other suppliers. The new account claims that Blu-ray Xboxes will ship in the third quarter, but at this stage it is not known exactly which markets will get the HD-capable consoles, nor at what price, or even if the launch is guaranteed.

Industry insiders believe that Microsoft needs a Blu-ray drive, in spite of downloadable movies and arguments to the contrary, in order to stay competitive with rivals Sony and Nintendo. The Wii outsold both Sony's PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 in March, and the former two each have unique selling points the Xbox lacks. Nintendo has a low price and a unique motion-based controller, while the PS3 has Blu-ray playback capabilities in all its models; both consoles also offer free online gaming, whereas people must pay for this on Microsoft's Xbox Live service.



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  1. lamewing

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    I have to agree

    I have finally given up on MS in favor of a Macbook type laptop. I am keeping XP as a dual-boot option, but only for those programs I cannot replace on OS X. Why does MS have to act in such a manner? Can they not see that it is self-destructive?

    I simply don't care anymore. :P

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004

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    I agree

    My old PS2, Dreamcast and Gamecube all were so much quieter than the current models. Well, the Wii is still a quiet machine.

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