Feeds

MS preps internal disc burner for second-gen Xbox 360?

Archive your Zune-friendly movie downloads

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft has begun seeking manufacturing partners to make an internal HD DVD drive for a redesigned Xbox 360 console, whistle-blowers from among Taiwan's optical disk drive production community have claimed. And the software giant may be looking at incorporating disc-burning technology in the console.

It has to be said, of course, that Microsoft has yet to ship its Xbox 360-oriented external HD DVD player, and it may well have simply been looking for further manufacturing partners for the internal workings of this add-on.

But the Taiwanese source, mentioned by DigiTimes, specifically referred to that products read-only capability, and emphasis that suggests Microsoft may have a broader plan for a drive built into the console.

Certainly, the timing's good. Sony's PS3 woes - which culminated in last week's announcement that the next-generation, Blu-ray Disc-supporting console will not ship in Europe until March 2007, delayed from this coming November - gives Microsoft the opportunity to take advantage of PS3 supply limitations.

And since an external drive is always going to appear a very clumsy alternative to the PS3's integrated unit, Microsoft has to be thinking about moving quickly to an internal unit.

The sources suggest the second-generation Xbox 360 could ship during the first half of 2007. By then, Microsoft's Zune will be available, backed by a online content shop that's going to be selling movies pretty darn soon, if not from day one. Apple's announcement yesterday will be one spur.

A good proportion of movie purchasers are going to want to archive their downloads, and that means DVD±R/RW support at the very least. The tightly controlled software environment will make piracy a darn sight harder, a point that Microsoft will undoubtedly tout when pitching the Zune/Xbox 360 service to content owners. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.