- According to EDN newspaper in China, Pegatron Technology (offspring of Asustek, in case you‚‚ā¨ôre wondering), has managed to grab the highly-denied ‚‚ā¨úBlu-Ray for Xbox360‚‚ā¨Ě deal of the year.
We imagine Microsoft denied the existence of such unit, not to shield its upcoming launch from the competition‚‚ā¨ôs prying marketeers, but rather because its staff were responding in default ‚‚ā¨úmirror‚‚ā¨Ě mode whereby hacks that asked the Vole if they had plans for a BD add-on, they received a 100% flat/honest ‚‚ā¨úNo‚‚ā¨Ě. True. All things considered, it won‚‚ā¨ôt be an add-on.
The newspaper adds that Pegatron will assemble Microsoft‚‚ā¨ôs console with the in-built BD player, with units hitting the market in Q3/2008 ‚‚ā¨" Mid-summer, as it were.
This goes head-on with Dean Takahashi‚‚ā¨ôs info on the Xbox 360 ‚‚ā¨úJasper‚‚ā¨Ě platform that is scheduled for August of this year. We'd already mentioned this platform over here, btw. The Jasper will feature a shrunken 65nm ATI graphics core and ‚‚ā¨úsmaller memory chips‚‚ā¨Ě. This does make more sense if you‚‚ā¨ôre using the new GPU core to aid you in decoding HD on Blu-ray, too.
So that‚‚ā¨ôs about it, major Xbox 360 platform overhaul coming this summer, with some time to spare for Christmas - Blu-ray, faster graphics and what is likely to be an all-round cooler console ‚‚ā¨" and the thing is assembled by Pegatron Technology.
This Xbox 360 "Ultra" (our word, not the Vole's) should be able to do a bit more than trail the PS3. Should make for an interesting holiday season this year.