Five years on from HD-DVD’s failure, the Xbox One has a Blu-ray drive


Microsoft’s new Xbox One will come complete with a Blu-ray drive. Games for the new console will be stored on Blu-ray discs, matching the PlayStation 4 as well as the Wii U’s high-capacity proprietary media. The move marks an about face from Microsoft, which opted to support DVD media on the Xbox 360 while Sony’s PlayStation 3 made use of Blu-ray technology. Microsoft released an HD-DVD drive accessory for the Xbox 360 in 2006, but it was only ever used to play movies stored on the ill-fated format. The player was discontinued in early 2008.

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