Well, time will have to tell on this one. According to Engadget, The Economic Daily, a chinese written newspaper has reported that a company named Pegatron, an OEM subsidiary of ASUS has won the order to assemble Xbox 360 consoles with a Blu-ray Disc ROM drive.
They are reporting that shipments are expected in the third quarter of this year. Microsoft, in their usual fashion, have refused to comment on any of this, but it will definitely be interesting to see if something like this is true.
What interests me is that they are said to be assembling the consoles with drives, as opposed to the external HD-DVD drives that we has seen in the past. This of course, could just be something that was lost in translation. As well as adding yet another SKU to the already confusing line-up of 360’s, there will be other issues to look at as well.
If Microsoft do indeed release consoles with Blu-ray drives, I can’t see them having any sort of support for gaming as splitting the abilities of the different SKU’s would cause nothing but problems. We have already seen the problems that have been caused with those owners who have have hard drives, and those who don’t.
It’s with this in mind that I want to assume that the drive will be integrated only as a Blu-ray movie player, and won’t have any effect on the Xbox 360’s gaming experience.
Last Updated: May 5, 2008