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Xbox 720 2014 release fears after Blu-Ray rumor

As we wait for Microsoft’s highly anticipated May 21 event where we will finally see the next Xbox console unveiled on stage, a new rumor has emerged which suggests that a somewhat surprising 2014 release date may be on the cards for the next-generation Xbox. Even more surprising is that the reason for the delay could be due to an exclusive agreement that Sony has in place on the Blu-Ray disc format.

The PS3 runs Blu-Rays of course, while Microsoft opted to use DVD discs for the Xbox 360. While this was considered a victory for Sony during the current-generation storage wars, the fact that Sony utilized the Blu-Ray format first may come to pay further dividends for the company, with painful repercussions for Microsoft if this rumor is to be believed.

A report over at MondoXbox, suggests that Microsoft will have to wait until 2014 at the earliest to release their next Xbox with Blu-Ray support, due to licensing issues and the fact that Sony may have an exclusivity window in place for console releases with Blu-Ray discs.

If true, it has to be considered rather clever by Sony whilst at the same time being a massive headache for Microsoft. The next Xbox was presumably going to be released during the 2013 Holiday season in the US, but imagine a scenario where Sony ends up being the only next-gen console to release during the month.

Obviously this is just a rumor, and a thin one at this point. It’s something to bear in mind though as we approach the May 21 next-gen Xbox event. If this does happen, let us know your thoughts on waiting until 2014 for the next Xbox.

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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