Microsoft has sided with Apple in a rare case of solidarity between the two companies, and declares that Blu-ray will be “passed by” as a high-definition format.
The company is making something of a habit of declaring this or that technology dead at the moment, with Kinect head Kudo Tsunoda having stated that “hardly anyone” plays PC games any more.
Now it’s the turn of the company’s UK Xbox head, Stephen McGill, who says that Blu-ray’s days are numbered.
In an interview with gaming site Xbox Achievements, Gill stated that “actually Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format.”
He claims that “people have moved through from DVDs to digital downloads and digital streaming, so we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay” via the company’s Zune service.
“People now recognise what a smart decision it was to keep the [Xbox 360] pricing low,” he said, referring to Microsoft’s decision to omit a next-generation high-capacity optical storage drive.
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