Microsoft today announced that its HD DVD add-on for the
XBOX 360 will be released
in the United States in mid-November with a price tag of $199.99. This
comes just a week after the announcement that the drive would launch in Japan on
November 22 for 19,800 yen ($170 USD).
"[The HD DVD drive] will work with either Core or SKU.
It puts [the price] on par with people who want to watch movies. The key part
for us is to give consumers choice. We're not gonna lose money on this, but we
will give it value," said Microsoft's Scott Henson.
The drive will ship with an XBOX 360 Universal Remote and
will come with Peter Jackon's King Kong. The drive should arrive just in time for the Fall system update which is set to add 1080p support for games and movies. Let the games...err, movies begin!