Even after the defeat of HD-DVD, Microsoft didn’t show any interest in adopting Blu-Ray what so ever. Some say it was due to pride, while others state it was due to the money and the mind set Microsoft had set for the future. While Sony is doing incredibly well recently, Blu-Ray without a doubt has been a great feature for the PS3. Sony doesn’t have to worry about size limits when it comes to PS3 games just yet. But eventually even Blu-Ray will need an upgrade–which could be exactly what Microsoft foresees. Below are 5 reasons why Microsoft’s next system may not be a game console, but an interface.
5. Xbox LIVE- Microsoft has already started a proving axiom for Xbox Live–“everywhere”, so why not continue to provide the live experience without having a console. Xbox LIVE, much like the internet, would be a portal to a virtual world. Take the new Windows 7 phone for instance–Xbox Live will be integrated on the phone. While Microsoft has stated that games will be available, it is still unclear exactly what the gaming potentials will be.
4. Zune video on Xbox LIVE- Microsoft’s 1080p HD movie streaming via Zune Video has been providing Xbox LIVE members with an easy way to stream high def 1080p movies without a disc. Another hint that physical media is not a priority for Microsoft.
3. Xbox Games On Demand- Xbox’s Games on Demand have already been a hit for Microsoft, so why not continue on this trend by providing games on any Xbox Live enabled device.
2. Blu-Ray- Let’s face it, Microsoft will not give in, and will not ever release a Blu-Ray capable gaming console, so what other options does Microsoft have? Please see number one (below) for the answer.
1. OnLive – Recent OnLive press conference videos have proved that OnLive has tons of potential. Why wouldn’t Microsoft have interest in the idea–or even work together somehow to bring an identical experience to the gamer without a console? Heck, Microsoft is no stranger to intercepting ideas–and calling off all disc enabled consoles in exchange for an interface device much like that of OnLive’s with low latency video, would be exactly what Xbox Live could have in store.
Although many are anticipating a new Microsoft gaming console that supports larger capacity discs, that console may never come. Microsoft seems to be dedicated and focused on downloadable content that would be readily available for streaming or download to any Xbox live enabled device or interface.