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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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Elliott
Elliott

I don’t really care to be honest, the Playstation 4 will be better and that’s what I’m buying. Microsoft are a horrible company. I’d rather give Sony my money and anything that puts a spanner in the works for Microsoft is a good thing in my book. They’ve been screwing the competition for far too long and have a track record of shifting rubbish products, money-grabbing, a poor selection of exclusives and rely on aggressive marketing. Even game developers have said what a horrible experience it is working with Microsoft and as far as exclusives go I’d rather have Uncharted,… Read more »

HayWire74
HayWire74

Something else to consider is the use of a USB encrypted format like a memory stick that would eliminate the need for a disc drive. But with Microsoft looking at a all in one media centre that has been rumoured. Microsoft would need a Blu Ray drive as well as HD Streaming. The 21st May can not come soon enough.

bigdaddyt0101
bigdaddyt0101

If true this would be the funniest thing in a long time regarding a console release. Personally thought MS should have made HD DVD their own instead of trying to battle the Blu Ray collective for its use. With the way HD streaming is, dedicated blu ray players being so cheap, MS could have used HDDVD as a simple large storage format for their games and called it a day without this potentially happening. Oh and if this is true, if my memory is correct (and I could be misinformed) the “party chat” ms used was unable to be duplicated… Read more »

HayWire74
HayWire74

I recently contacted Microsoft Xbox Division about an account issue. During the conversation I asked if he had any inside information on the next Xbox. He told me that a media Xbox will be available this year but the main game console will be released 2014. This goes with Sony have an agreement with Microsoft to delay the next Xbox due to the Blu Ray drive.

deeboy17
deeboy17

This is the perfect time for Microsoft to implement a new physical media format foe the next Gen. Bluray hasn’t really caught fire like DVDs did when they first arrived and there’s still room for ultra HD.
To me this is the perfect opportunity being that the rumor has been Microsoft is getting its own media content service for the next-box. The obvious question would be cost.

Korey Montplaisir
Korey Montplaisir

Good job Sony

Cpt Boomstick
Cpt Boomstick

woops, invested.

Cpt Boomstick
Cpt Boomstick

Won’t be an issue. The way Microsoft has been pushing HD streaming and on demand video games via Xbox Live, I would think they would release a cheaper version which didn’t accept discs…possibly an add-on which plays Blu-Ray and/or 360 games released later on? That would be my response to worst case scenario but I’m sure the big wigs at Microsoft could think of an even better strategy. Personally, I would wait for the next Xbox. I have too much investigated in my gamerscore plus Live is just such a better service and well worth the money (had to switch… Read more »

David M
David M

What a dirty move by Sony.

Andy Milenovic

So naive, Microsoft wouldn’t be showing what they have, if a sudden hardware issue emerged. Obviously,, this is just a rumor with no truth to it.

DUDE52
DUDE52

bluray players are so cheap now a days i have 2 3d bluray players and a regular one actually id rather have a console right away then wait cause of that

AndroidShiz
AndroidShiz

Exactly why HD DVD by Toshiba should have won. They were a 3rd party. Having the competition control that type of thing should never have been allowed. But then again look at Warner Bros and the cable companies and all the channels they own. The internet they provide, that is often not Netflix friendly. They throttle even the highest speeds and rake you dry. Comcast etc. This is why we need companies like Google who will bring us things Google fiber.

Robert
Robert

Bluray is available to anybody that wants to pay… MS would quite easily win a court battle over this if they cited anti-competitive behaviour. After all a 7+ year exclusivity deal on a standard and wide spread technology is not in the best interest of competition.

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