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Old 03-30-2011, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When Microsoft's Major Nelson announced a public preview of an "updated Xbox 360 disc format," the Internet was immediately abuzz with speculation that Blu-ray was finally coming to Redmond's flagship console. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but that isn't the case. As has been the case with every previous rumor suggesting the Xbox 360 is getting a Blu-ray drive, it's not happening, and it probably never will. Want to know what this new format is? Hit the jump.

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry says "a highly placed development source has confirmed...that the new disc format being beta tested in a new dashboard upgrade adds 1GB to the storage of the Xbox 360 game discs."

As it stands, the maximum space reserved for game data on current discs is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD. The remaining 1+GB is for a DVD-Video partition and anti-piracy security sectors. The new format either does away with this partition entirely or greatly reduces it.

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Xbox scenes are screaming rumor, but even if this IS true I hope MS knows that it wont stop piracy. They are already prepared for the new format.
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Uhh, issue here.... Will this "new" disc even be usable in older 360 consoles? Or are they just changing how the security portion works?

Worse comes to worse, if not, hope they make an add-on drive for the console, would be dirt slow, but that's why we copy our games to the hard drive as is.

Either way, we won't see blu-ray on a microsoft console till an actual new generation comes out at the least, if at all then.
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Trust me where there is a will there is a way. I knew it took a while but ps3 eventually was cracked and the ipad was cracked within 24hrs to run flash after it was launched. You can't stop the will-power of a determined individual.
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Uhh, issue here.... Will this "new" disc even be usable in older 360 consoles? Or are they just changing how the security portion works?

Worse comes to worse, if not, hope they make an add-on drive for the console, would be dirt slow, but that's why we copy our games to the hard drive as is.

Either way, we won't see blu-ray on a microsoft console till an actual new generation comes out at the least, if at all then.
Yea it'll work on older consoles cause it's the same kind of disc (DL DVD). They will implement an update to the console make the drive read the new format.
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Hopefully they will have ondisc updates, as I can not get my xbox to connect to live to get updates due to my ISP.

I remember games used to have ondisc updates for the console.
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I doubt that the 360 will ever get Blu-Ray. I wouldn't be surprised if the next generation Xbox doesn't have Blu-Ray either and supports some sort of flash based game cartridge like the older Nintendo consoles did.
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