Steve Ballmer confuses the Xbox 360 Blu-Ray situation, Major Nelson cleans up

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Oh dear, here we go again:

Steve BallmerMicrosoft’s big Kahuna, Steve Ballmer, has once again made comments that have caused some confusion amongst the Xbox 360 fan constituency, this time regarding the availability of Blu-Ray accessories for the company’s line of products, which many console followers took to mean that Blu-Ray players would be made available for the Xbox 360.

If it were true, this would be a major turn of events for the future of the Xbox 360, after the HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray format war resulted in Blu-Ray becoming the preferred disc format going forward, meaning Microsoft’s investment in HD-DVD was a case of betting the wrong horse, making the manufacture of the extra, external Xbox 360 HD-DVD drives a poor choice over the option of providing a Blu-Ray offering instead.

This isn’t the case, though.

As usual, Xbox mouthpiece Major Nelson has had to do some clean-up work, and just to make sure that everyone is on the same page, he’s posted a quick blog entry informing us that Ballmer was in fact referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC, and that the Xbox group has no plans to introduce Blu-Ray drives for the Xbox 360. The post then goes on to say:

“In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies.

“With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.”

And there you have it.

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