Microsoft Says Who-Ray? No New Storage Methods
Microsoft has told CVG recently that digital distribution will be the future of home entertainment. They remain vigilant in their position, even after developers like Lost Planet 2 producer Jun Takeuchi have made the point that storage space is becoming more and more of an issue for the Xbox 360. Portions of many popular games are being removed, then there’s the whole graphics compression debacle going on with blockbusters like Final Fantasy XIII and the upcoming RAGE. So with all this going on, what’s Microsoft’s thoughts as to what the future will be like for Xbox 360 storage?
As DualShockers revealed recently, Xbox 360 bundles have been releasing like hotcakes in addition to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer giving hints of even more upcoming bundles. The Xbox 360 is expanding quickly in the way of hard drives with its new 250gb bundles that come with either Forza 3 or Final Fantasy XIII.
In the past, many have clung tight to the prophecy that Microsoft would some day adapt to the Blu-Ray technology found in PlayStation 3, and apply that to the video games on Xbox 360. Since this rumor emerged, Microsoft and Sony have continually insisted that such a deal has in fact not been discussed between the two parties.
Microsoft’s director of Xbox and Entertainment Stephen McGill’s comments in his recent interview at CVG reiterates that fact, while pushing the hard drive as the Xbox 360’s main storage format going forward. He is quoted as saying, “We have no plans to adopt Blu-Ray…” confirming that the company still has not reached out to Sony for such a collaboration.
On one hand it does make sense for the Xbox 360 to use the best capabilities it can using the hardware everyone already has, and a partnership towards a Blu-Ray drive at this moment in time is not likely for the system. As a gamer I feel like Microsoft may have missed a big opportunity by not exploring the endless possibilities of video games on HD-DVD for the Xbox 360.