Microsoft Denied The Importance Of Blu-ray

With the PlayStation 3 now out everywhere, Microsoft has once again furthered its war of words with Sony by denying the importance of Blu-ray, the drive being the main expense which has pushed the PS3's retail price so high. MS UK chief Phil Thompson was unsurprisingly critical of the PS3's pricing and attacked the usefulness […]

With the PlayStation 3 now out everywhere, Microsoft has once again furthered its war of words with Sony by denying the importance of Blu-ray, the drive being the main expense which has pushed the PS3's retail price so high.

MS UK chief Phil Thompson was unsurprisingly critical of the PS3's pricing and attacked the usefulness of Blu-ray too. Speaking to UK business site GamesIndustry.biz, he said that the Blu-ray drive gave Sony's console no tactical advantage over the Xbox 360.

"Do I want to make people pay £200 extra for a machine with discs that have storage space I don't need? My answer's no, I don't need to do that today," the executive stated. "And I don’t think I’m going to need to do that for quite a while."

Thompson attacked the cumbersome nature of the PS3, describing the Xbox 360 as 'nimble', and therefore better suited to adjusting and evolving with market forces, while the PS3 is a 'big, heavy truck'.

"That’s the difference between us and PlayStation - we didn’t have a need to develop a really complicated engine to get Blu-ray players into the market. We wanted to deliver HD gaming. Judge us on what we’ve done," he concluded.

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