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Xbox 360: Does it need Blu-Ray or DVDs?

Earlier on we told you how the UK Xbox boss Stephen McGill said that Blu-ray isn’t necessary for the Xbox 360, but now we want to know what you think about the matter, would you like to see the Blu-Ray format on your console?

Firstly, if you haven’t read up on McGill’s comments, you can do so by reading our previous report here. McGill basically said, ‘Blu-Ray – Who needs it?’, adding that the disc format used on the PS3 is going to become extinct as technology progresses towards digital distribution.

You could agree with him on the digital part of the argument, but I still think there is a place for Blu-Ray on the market, and especially on the Xbox 360 console. How many Xbox 360 owners can honestly say they don’t mind disc-switching for content heavy games on the 360? If there is an option to save developer’s time by putting it onto one Blu-Ray disc, then isn’t that better for everyone?

Microsoft say that they are cutting costs and it was a ‘smart decision’ to avoid Blu-Ray on the Xbox 360, but what do you think about this?

Let us know – Are you still happy using DVDs or would you prefer Blu-Ray in the future?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Ken
Ken

I'm all for Digital copies as long as I can play them on more that one machine, otherwise give me a disc…Blu-Ray, DVD, whatever.

Mercury
Mercury

ahhh who cares about the bluray disc? i want the terrabyte disk that's going to come out!

Rollo
Rollo

It's a moot point unless Microsoft is willing to give a Blu-Ray add on to every one who purchased a 360.

tom
tom

i feel that they are fine with the dvd until there next console and by then the price of blu ray will be very cheap. who knows what the next formate might be down the road for now xbox will be fine with what it has but I think that there might be some that might like to have and add on which i would like to see..

darren
darren

who cares about blu-ray. it’s just a trend that aint going to be around a year or 2 from now. And DVD’s are going to be around a long time after the switch to all digital. And me personally, i dont want all digital. I like being able to go to the store and buy games, cd’s, DVD’s. I like being able to hold and look at the cases and the manuels.

Klatu
Klatu

Agreed. The only difference between, say, a netflix streaming HD movie, and a Blu-Ray copy of the same title is the occasional buffering, and more importantly the compression ratio. There is no physical difference in the quality of the final product. That said, the only reason xbox would need to go blu-ray is to prevent more "multi-disc" titles, or implement 3d playback, as 3d movies are typically blu-ray, as a typical DVD cannot hold the amount of data necessary. However, all that said, the next generation of xbox will need blu-ray (or a similar format) to keep up with technology… Read more »

Interestx
Interestx

Unless they rig the market I expect DVD to see Blu-ray off.
They missed the bus with the PC market (why bother with discs when hard drives are so cheap, reliable and so much bigger & faster?).

Most people don't have the high-end speakers needed to even hear the better audio and on the sort of HD TV sets the majority have (32" – 50") the difference between streamed or downloaded encode & Blu-ray is not that much.

mic rowsoft
mic rowsoft

avi…… sort it out you tight bar stewards

IAmM450n
IAmM450n

I download all my games to the hard-drive so multiple discs is really a non-issue for me.

Blu-Ray is not the only way to get HD content (many people don't understand this). I would rather save the money not buying the player and rent or purchase HD content digitally.

Blu-Ray read/write play is too slow to justify its "large" (relative) capacity.

Blu-Ray is replacing DVD format, but not nearly as much as digital distribution is replacing physical media entirely (e.g. CD's).

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