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Rumor: Next Xbox's Blu-ray for Games, Not Movies

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Microsoft may restrict Blu-ray and DVD playback on the next Xbox console.

Unnamed sources claim that Microsoft may opt against Blu-ray movie playback with the upcoming Xbox 720/Next/Infinity despite the next-gen console having a built-in Blu-ray player. The drive may only be used for Xbox games, and could supposedly block store-bought movies – possibly even DVDs.

When Microsoft launched the original Xbox in 2001, the company also released a standalone, optional DVD playback "adapter" that came with a remote control. This device essentially "unlocked" the console's DVD movie playback feature, and was obviously a gimmick to score additional revenue from loyal customers (talk about disgruntled).

When the Xbox 360 launched, Microsoft left the ability to play DVD movies intact, but competitor Sony had something better in its PlayStation 3 console: a Blu-ray player. To compete, Microsoft launched a standalone HD-DVD player that connected to the console, but the format lost to Blu-ray's popularity, and Microsoft quickly discontinued the drive.

Still, cutting Blu-ray playback from the upcoming Xbox wouldn't be surprising. After all, the Redmond company did something similar with Windows 8, ripping out DVD and Blu-ray movie playback in favor of charging customers for Media Center which essentially enables those very features. That may likely be the case with the new Xbox: you must pay for the luxury of playing Blu-ray and DVD-based movies.

But completely barring consumers from playing their physical media in the next console would be a bad move on Microsoft's part. It would also seemingly go against its "central entertainment station" philosophy. The new console will supposedly be an even more centralized place for all your entertainment needs, including television. Forcing customers to use a different hardware set to play their Blu-ray movies would be like escorting business to Sony's PlayStation 3.

Looking ahead, it would not be surprising if DVD and Blu-ray movie playback was only enabled with a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft already applies this ridiculous restriction to services like Hulu Plus and Netflix, subscriptions that customers pay for outside Xbox Live and can access without additional taxation on the PlayStation Network.

 

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    calmstateofmind , January 17, 2013 2:00 AM
    That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...they are not going to block the ability to play a standard DVD.
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    Anaxamenes , January 17, 2013 1:48 AM
    Well, looks like I won't need to be upgrading to the new Xbox when it comes out if they want to play that way. My PS3 upconverts DVDs really nicely and plays blu-ray discs without any extra charges.
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    boju , January 17, 2013 1:50 AM
    Steve Ballmer's idea no doubt.
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    Anaxamenes , January 17, 2013 1:48 AM
    Well, looks like I won't need to be upgrading to the new Xbox when it comes out if they want to play that way. My PS3 upconverts DVDs really nicely and plays blu-ray discs without any extra charges.
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    boju , January 17, 2013 1:50 AM
    Steve Ballmer's idea no doubt.
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    dormantreign , January 17, 2013 1:57 AM
    This doesn't matter, i have a PC with W7 on it and that's what i'm sticking with :p 
  • 17 Hide
    calmstateofmind , January 17, 2013 2:00 AM
    That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...they are not going to block the ability to play a standard DVD.
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    Trialsking , January 17, 2013 2:05 AM
    Sorry to say this...but:

    What did you poor console gamers expect?!?! They rape you with $60 games and try to stop you from selling back your used games. Of course they will nickle and dime you. That $300-350 console doesn't sound all that attractive to me.
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    MAC_HATER , January 17, 2013 2:09 AM
    so far all im seeing from both the PS4 and Next Xbox camps are features that hurt the customer and items they dont want - at this stage i cant bey either as they block me from doing certain things with it - things that are most of the reason i would consider buying one - sure games are fine, but they also get a lot of use as multimedia machines, thats ok i can just spend the money on the car instead - at least it doesnt take my cash and then constantly try and dog me at every turn
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    NuclearShadow , January 17, 2013 2:13 AM
    Call me a conspiracy theorist but if this claim is true than I believe the restriction is in place in hopes that people will use the streaming services and they likely figured out a way to profit from such a method. Perhaps they will use and restrict only to their own service this time around I'm sure Microsoft wouldn't mind owning a Netflix like service. Or perhaps it's some sort deal struck with the streaming services either way be sure if this rumor is true they did it with the intent on maximizing profits
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    jerm1027 , January 17, 2013 2:16 AM
    And another nail in the coffin for consoles...
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    samal90 , January 17, 2013 2:31 AM
    these are all rumors...so don't believe everything you hear. It makes absolutely no sense to do this kind of thing. Microsoft is not dumb.
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    boju , January 17, 2013 2:31 AM
    well put jerm1027

    Heres an ironic newsflash. Dvd and Blueray players to play console games...
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    thecolorblue , January 17, 2013 2:36 AM
    LOL - Content providers are so F****** Clueless... it's TOTALLY priceless

    Message to Consumer from Corporate America: "YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO USE THE HARDWARE YOU BUY FREELY AS YOU SEE FIT"

    This is why I will never buy a BluRay™ player or media... never ever.
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    SteelCity1981 , January 17, 2013 3:00 AM
    if this is true then i will buy a ps4 where they are going to nickel and dime me to death for every little thing like mircosoft does with the xbox 360
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    mikemp3 , January 17, 2013 3:02 AM
    You don't have to buy another X-box, trapped in the must have the next device rut. Go out side and play ball with your kids , have a picnic, enjoy time with the people that are not stuck in front of the box.
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    kinggremlin , January 17, 2013 3:10 AM
    Oh no, now you'll have to use one of the other 5 devices you already own that plays Blu-ray movies like you do now. Not being able to play movies really crippled Wii sales.
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    boju , January 17, 2013 3:12 AM
    Quote:
    LOL - Content providers are so F****** Clueless... it's TOTALLY priceless

    Message to Consumer from Corporate America: "YOU DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO USE THE HARDWARE YOU BUY FREELY AS YOU SEE FIT"

    This is why I will never buy a BluRay™ player or media... never ever.


    It isnt Bluray or Sony's fault Microsoft want to be an ass about it. If they can worth together it would be worthwhile options for all consumers only separating those for appealing exclusive games and fanboyism. Either case helps each other to nullify the possibility of excessive pricing from either part and Nintendo.

    Also i encourage you to view Bluray movies as it is the only means of viewing true 1080p playback (unless pirating) and not to mention the space available on Bluray Disks giving plenty of room for also uncompressed audio.
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    boju , January 17, 2013 3:26 AM
    To add, i'll keep an open mind to the possibility the news relayed here could not be 100% accurate and further behind the scenes Microsoft could be limited to the use of content under their licensing agreement and aren't slandering about it.
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    eklipz330 , January 17, 2013 3:32 AM
    this is not a good idea. but i assume they know what theyre doing
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    Bloob , January 17, 2013 3:56 AM
    Assuming this is true, it could lower the price of the next XBox by about $20, than if the feature came with it.
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    abbadon_34 , January 17, 2013 4:07 AM
    Probably afraid Blu-Ray compatibility would interfer with DRM
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    mrmez , January 17, 2013 4:12 AM
    GayBox
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