There has been quite
a bit of turmoil in the HD DVD market over the past month. With movie
their alliances from HD DVD to Blu-ray, Toshiba took the drastic step of slashing
the MSRPs on its HD DVD players.
Microsoft is following suit and today cut the price of its
Toshiba-manufactured Xbox 360 HD DVD player to $129.99. According to
Microsoft's Major Nelson, the
price cut is effective immediately in the United States, Canada, Australia
and New Zealand.
The player originally retailed for $199 when it launched in
late 2006 and received a price
reduction to $179 in July of 2007.
While $129.99 is the new official price, some retailers are
offering the Xbox 360 HD DVD player for even lower prices. Best Buy is offering
the player for a low
$119.99 on its online site.
For night owls that were browsing the Internet early this
morning, Amazon had the peripheral on sale for $79.99 with free shipping for a
short period of time according
Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD player ships with an Xbox 360
universal remote and a copy of King Kong on HD DVD. Users can also hook the
player up to a Windows-based machine with the proper drivers.
In addition to the new $129.99 price tag, customers are
still eligible to receive five free movies via mail-in
rebate [PDF] courtesy of Toshiba. The selection of movies won't set any
hearts racing, but free is free.