Over the last few weeks, there have been rumors indicating that Microsoft was
working on a Blu-ray addon for the Xbox 360. The Financial Times is now
reporting that Sony is in talks with Microsoft about adopting Blu-ray. According to the article, Microsoft could incorporate a Blu-ray
drive into the Xbox 360 or offer support via an addon, similar to their HD DVD player.
But after Sony’s victory last
month in the high-definition DVD format war, Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics US president, said the two sides were now talking about
Microsoft adopting Blu-ray.
A Blu-ray drive in a 360 would make Microsoft more competitive with the PS3, but it would also mean
extra revenues for Sony’s electronics division. It would also add further cost to the 360, meaning a premium edition of the console
could be necessary.
A Blu-ray drive could be incorporated in its top-of-the-range Elite Xbox, or Microsoft could again offer a
drive as a plug-in peripheral.
While I don't see Microsoft incorporting a Blu-ray drive into the Xbox 360, an addon
drive is a probably a given at this point. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here.