Next gen Xbox 'to embrace Blu-ray'

Next gen Xbox 'to embrace Blu-ray'

By Rob Crossley

January 25th 2012 at 5:35PM

Unverified source also claims the system will employ 'anti-pre-owned' technology

Microsoft is to end its resistance to Blu-ray technology with the next generation Xbox, according to alleged industry sources.

According to a Kotaku report, game DVDs are expected will be shelved in favour of the high-capacity Blu-ray disc format, which rival firm Sony has been a driving force in bringing to market.

Sony's PlayStation 3 currently supports Blu-Ray discs as big as 50GB. Currently, certain multiplatform games must ship on several 9GB DVDs for the Xbox 360 due to capacity issues.

With Nintendo signalling its intent to employ high-capacity discs for its Wii U system, it is not expected that the next generation Xbox could resort to the DVD format for large data delivery.

But, according to Kotaku, “one reliable industry source” has claimed that Microsoft “intends to incorporate some sort of anti-used game system as part of their so-called Xbox 720”.

No further detail on the anti-used technology would work.

Yesterday it was claimed that the next generation Microsoft console, often dubbed the Xbox 720, would boast a graphics card that outperforms its predecessor six-fold.