UPDATE – Microsoft: "We have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360"

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xbox_360-no-blu-ray.jpgYesterday we reported that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer let slip plans for a possible Xbox 360 Blu-Ray drive.

The comment by the HD-DVD backing company had 360 owners laughing in the faces of smug PS3 owners, who already have built in Blu-Ray support.

However, 360 owners’ joy is to be short lived it would seem, with Microsoft “clarifying” and back-tracking on Ballmer’s initial statement.

Here’s the company line from Xbox 360 main-man Major Nelson:

“During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360. I wanted to clear something up. Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC. As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.”

Microsoft instead seem to be pushing the benefits of downloadable HD content, with the Xbox 360 soon to offer 1080p streamed HD movies.

So, the rumours have been squashed again. We’d put money on this not being the last time they rear their heads though…

Gerald Lynch