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Blu-ray for Xbox 360? No No NO!!

More speculation has sparked in regards to Blu-ray coming to the Xbox 360. Microsoft officially squashed previous rumors regarding Blu-ray support, however when Toshiba announced that it plans to ship a Blu-ray player by the end of 2009, the news had gamers arching eyebrows in curiosity like Star Trek's Mr. Spock. After all, Toshiba was the manufacturer behind the external HD-DVD player once available for Microsoft's console.

Rather than giving in to speculation and wanting the truth Mulder-style, Team Xbox fired over an email and received a big fat denial that re-affirms Microsoft's previous answer. "As we have stated before, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360," Microsoft responded. "We have a long-standing high definition strategy that runs across gaming and premium content, and it’s a strategy that continues to pay off for us. Today, we offer the largest library of blockbuster games and offer a growing library of nearly 20,000 movies and TV episodes on Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace (more than 5,000 in HD). In addition, people have access to 12,000 films and TV episodes on Netflix Instant watch."

Microsoft also added that the Xbox LIVE service will incorporate 1080p HD streaming this fall, accompanying the Netflix instant streaming service and Xbox LIVE video Marketplace. Still, Microsoft's current refusal doesn't mean that Blu-ray support won't be available in the future. It's quite possible that an internal drive will be integrated into the next console release expected next year, or perhaps the next generation of the Xbox that supposedly features an SSD and 6-core processor possibly appearing in 2014.

For now though, and external player doesn't seem to be on the horizon for the Xbox 360.