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Halo on the PS3, not the 360 (thanks to Blu-ray) [UPDATE]

There's a rumor going around that the Fox movie company has picked up the primary license rights to the Halo movie, a move which has made many people cheer since there were worries the movie would never see the light of day. If the rumor turns out to be correct though, it brings up an interesting point -- Fox is exclusive to Blu-ray and they'd be the ones publishing the title when it was released. Also, Microsoft has come out previously and explicitly said that they will not be releasing a Blu-ray add-on for the 360, leaving Xbox 360 owners high and dry if they want to watch the HD treatment of their ambrosia.

So will PlayStation 3 owners have exclusive access to Halo the movie when it is released? The irony would be so delicious that Peter Moore's head would explode -- but things are a little too early to be sure about anything when it comes to the Halo movie. And anyway, regardless of which format it is released, Microsoft is going to find someway to get a HD version to 360 owners. Even if it means caving in and admitting Blu-ray dominance.

Update: Okay, so Fox turns out to be involved with the Halo videogame, not the movie. The Halo movie is back to hanging out with Duke Nukem Forever in the 'We're never coming out' club.

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1. thats a long shot, ms wont admit the sky is blue if its not in their best intrest. and i'd figure they would go the dl alley and have it up on marketplace or good old fashion dvd!!

Posted at 6:37PM on Jun 19th 2007 by pete

2. It will be a couple years before this movie is ever ready for home release. By then HD DVD will fail and there will be a Blu-ray drive for the 360.

Either that or there will just be a downloadable version of the movie.

Posted at 6:42PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Hoffer

3. Because microsoft doesn't have an HD movie online marketplace to release this movie as well.

This is a rubbish news report.

Posted at 7:00PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Matias

4. @3 november 08 the xbox 720 drops, the following month ms annouces they will stop all support of the, last gen, 360.

Posted at 7:19PM on Jun 19th 2007 by pete

5. @6. We already know how awesome the PS3 is, it's the 360 fanboys who can't shut the hell up about how great their system is.

Posted at 7:30PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Magma

6. Be careful of what you wish for...... Suppose that Halo is release at the Theaters and its a critical success and people buy the movie on Blu-Ray which may or may not help PS3 sales because by this time Blu-Ray Players will be even more cheaper than the PS3. Yet, those people who saw the movie goes out to buy an X360 just to play the game or games. Is this not a Trojan horse and will hurt Sony?????

Posted at 7:41PM on Jun 19th 2007 by The1

7. Furthermore, play video games and stop worrying about the X360 or Wii. Sony needs to sell more PS3's ASAP. I only turn my PS3 on to play Warhawk and I am so pissed at that within itself.

Posted at 7:44PM on Jun 19th 2007 by The1

8. Fox still releases Blu-rays? :-P

Posted at 7:50PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Ian

9. I wouldn't wanna watch that movie anyway!!!

Posted at 8:22PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Jimmy

10. Actually, I'm pretty sure they have merchandising rights to Halo, not exactly saying the Halo MOVIE, so I believe it would still go on the format of whatever publisher/studio picks it up. Plus it will still be on standard DVD.

Posted at 8:42PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Ingdawg

11. Wow, Colin, could this story be any MORE disproven by the time you get around to posting it? Hell, two of your sister sites already disproved it hours ago. Way to be on the ball there and keep up the disproven rumor mongering.

And then of course there are even more websites ACCURATELY reporting on the story

Just delete the story, and cross everything out and write "OOPS!".

Posted at 8:57PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Space_Butler

12. Sony and you fanboys shouldn't worry about what Blu-Ray gets or how blu-ray is doing you both should worry about how terrible the PS3 is selling and how there aren't currently any games that make the console worth purchasing!

@6 that's one hell of an oxymoron.

Posted at 8:59PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Azorean

13. And by the way MS is making money on Blu-Ray as well! The best(main)codec used in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD is owned by MS so I don't think they really give two shits about the format war to be honest they probably just would like to see Blu-Ray fail just because Sony is betting the farm on it and with out it the PS3 would be just like the PSP and it's UMD!

Posted at 9:04PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Azorean

14. MS has already stated they would release a bluray drive for the 360 if the bluray drive one the HD format wars.

MS does not care who wins. Why should they? Sony is not in competition with MS for movie formats in any shape or form.

Sony is ONLY in competition with MS for gaming. And MS is winning. :)

Posted at 9:12PM on Jun 19th 2007 by thegreengrunt

15. lol this is a funny story I know it pisses the shit out of XBOTS, lol the irony. THat was a good laugh, well I dont see the Halo movie happeneing, since the story is crap. Its just disturbing seeing a real actor dressed in a green astronaut suit, plus only XBOTS would actually go to the movies and watch this, just like

Posted at 9:21PM on Jun 19th 2007 by cell

16. 16: actually you're wrong, they commented last year that it would be possible...but then a couple months ago they said it was highly doubtful that the 360 would ever receive any bluray love

Posted at 9:23PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Will

17. ownded, simply owned.

Posted at 9:59PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Lp47

18. Yeah but Universal picked up the Killzone movie and they only support hd-dvd.

Here's the trailer:

Posted at 10:11PM on Jun 19th 2007 by BlackBeltJones

19. I'm guessing Microsoft will retain control of the IP and if they wanted, would only allow it to be a dvd release. Even if they did allow it on blu-ray they don't lose out on anything, they just get money. The only one who can really take a big hit from this format war is sony, they are much more invested in blu-ray (obviously) than Microsoft is invested in HD-DVD.

Posted at 10:17PM on Jun 19th 2007 by BlackBeltJones

20. LOL that would be a total smack in the face for Microsoft! The flamers would get REALLY pissed if it's not released on HD-DVD.

Well, this is more evidence that Blu-Ray is the superior format and the future is looking (slightly) better for the Sony gamble.

Posted at 11:37PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Hashbrown_Hunter

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