Xbox One Engineering Manager: "Not at All" Tricky to Get Blu-Ray Licensed for Xbox One
Some have been wondering what kind of pact with the devil Microsoft had to do in order to get a Blu-Ray drive in the Xbox One, mostly because due to the format war between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, the format is commonly seen as owned by Sony (which is actually inaccurate. Sony is one of the leading members of the Blu-Ray Association, but doesn’t “own” the format).
Xbox One Engineering Manager Jeff Henshaw was asked by GotGame if licensing the technology for Xbox One was “tricky”, and Henshaw was clear in stating that it wasn’t.
Not at all. It’s not a technology that’s taken or given by anyone. It’s a licensable standard for high capacity optical media playback and we’re very excited that people who have amassed big libraries of Blu-Ray disks with their favorite feature films can play those in Xbox One as soon as they get it home and hooked up.
If you’re wondering why Sony didn’t try to obstruct the rival in licensing the tech (assuming it was even possible for them to do so), you may want to consider that for each Blu-Ray disc printed, the Association gets a small royalty fee, and this include every single Xbox One game that will hit the shelves. Sony likes money like everyone else.