Bach Says No to Blu-ray in Xbox 720, First Party ZunePhone
We don’t even have to wait until tomorrow to find out that
360 isn’t getting Blu-ray. Why? Because
Robbie Bach was asked if Microsoft had plans for Blu-ray to appear in the next generation Xbox (Via
Engadget) and answered “No. There is nothing to even talk about right now with regard to the
next generation. That is so far out that there isn't anything to talk
about.” Now I’m sure some of you will
tell me that he didn’t deny Xbox 360 with Blu-ray and instead just talked about
the next generation, but trust me Blu-ray is not coming to the Xbox 360 tomorrow or anytime
soon. He also touches on Xbox 360
lasting longer than the previous Xbox as I also
talked about today.
Robbie also went on record again saying the ZunePhone (eg. first
party hardware) isn’t happening, but does suggest that a Phone+Zune
software might be on the way as I suggested a few months ago. I can
actually say it will be happening and that I know Microsoft is currently trying
to get OEMs on board. The Zune software
(or a variation of it) will appear on several different OEMs handsets. Not sure if it will just be Windows Mobile,
but I’d love to see them open it up to other platforms.
Lastly on the mobile side, Bach said “We don't make phones ourselves. We don't have any
plans to make phones ourselves” which I thought
was interesting considering Microsoft now owns Danger. Danger isn’t a hardware company per-say, but
I guess it can shine a bit of light on what Microsoft isn’t planning to do with
their new acquisition.