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Word on the street is that it will retail for around $200

Microsoft has again showed off its standalone HD DVD player for the XBOX 360. Whereas Sony decided to include its Blu-ray drive as standard equipment on the PlayStation 3, Microsoft decided not to force HD DVD on customers and instead provides it as an option. For those that choose to pursue that option, word on the street is that it will come in at around $200.

While some consumers may scoff at a $200 add-on for the XBOX 360, one must consider that set top HD DVD players are retailing for $430 to $500 while Blu-ray players cost anywhere from $840 to $1,000. For those that have an XBOX 360 and want to add high-definition movies to their library, it's a relatively cheap (all things considered) and simple upgrade. "Here's what I can tell you for sure; it's going to be the cheapest HD-DVD player you can buy without a doubt, when it comes out. I think it's going to be a great value... Everybody is very enthusiastic with the direction we're going. There are still a few surprises left. And I don't want to spill the beans yet, but I think people are going to think it's a great value," said Microsoft Larry Hyrb (aka Major Nelson). The low price tag can be attributed to the heavy lifting being performed by the XBOX 360 rather than the HD DVD drive. "All the audio and video processing is done inside the XBOX," said Microsoft senior program manager Kevin Collins.

As for the hardback book-sized drive itself, Microsoft showcased the device running "The Phantom of the Opera." The design of the drive, which has the internal codename of Sapphire, was all done in-house by Microsoft while Toshiba was selected to manufacture the drive. It will feature two USB 2.0 ports on the back to make up for the one USB port that the device itself uses. It also features the same cut-out on the back as the XBOX 360 to hold Microsoft’s XBOX 360 Wireless Networking Adapter if you chose to mount it there. The HD DVD interface, while not yet finished, was also on display. Gamerscore Blog has images posted of how it will look including an animated gif of it in action. The new interface basically replaces the "old" Open Tray button on the dashboard with a hybrid button that can toggle between DVD and HD DVD options with the up/down arrow keys. The drive will also be software updatable via XBOX Live so as new features are introduced, they can be automatically downloaded and applied.

Microsoft has revealed that it has some surprises in store for gamers during the fourth quarter. We know that one of them is the aforementioned HD DVD player and Gears of War. Hopefully, this isn’t all that Microsoft is planning and we’ll have even more to look forward to as the holiday season fast approaches.

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RE: Why would anyone buy an addon HD DVD player???
By spinn3rs on 8/14/2006 6:14:36 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly my point XtremeM3
Yes, i am not expecting an answer and
Yes you are wasting your keyboards life.

By the way next time reply to people referring to you. I didnt mention you nor i quoted something from your post.

Since you are referring to my name, i have an average budget as most of the people in here. Its your name xtremeM3 (the only M3 logotype that comes to my mind is the BMW's sportscar) that implies you have money.
So what do you know about me?...NOTHING. So stop judging me. All my statements were general so my opinions.

HD DVD Is a marketing move as you already stated by Microsoft which will probably sink as so many consoles expansion devices in the past. No i wouldnt go around buying any HD DVD players because:
1) Its too early and the technology is not mature enough
2) Its cost inefficient as prices are still sky high
3) The price doesnt YET worth the gains for the picture quality

About the mobile phones:
Sure its convinient having a camera on the phone but thats NOT its main purpose as its not XBOX's purpose playing HD movies. Imagine instead of cameras being integrated to phones, having to carry them separately. Would you buy one?

About your last statement about narrow minded people:
i am not narrow minded. I love technology but i also keep my feet on the ground. Hell, i wouldnt mind having the technology either but i think i can wait a bit longer for my benefit.
I could easily say you are the one who is narrow minded. I posted my opinion freely. Its my right to do so. As it is your right to doubt me. But dont judge nor insult me.

And if your job bores you so much... QUIT IT

RE: Why would anyone buy an addon HD DVD player???
By XtremeM3 on 8/15/2006 1:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
I actually did just quit. I got a new offer and accepted last night (sorry i had to mention that because I found it funny that you said that and all of this just occured, I really did just accept the offer yesterday)

I have no problems with people stating opinions. But they should be stated such. Although there was a survey recently that something like 70 or 80% (maybe more??)of what was written on the internet is misinterpreted when being read. Largely due to lack of tones used in verbal converstation that could not be effectively expressed in written word. Anyway, i'm getting off topic. Back to opinions and the debacle that is the add-on HD-DVD player for the 360.

Also, what is the average budget of a daily tech reader? I missed that when I signed up. I'm sure there are people here that make more than me, as well as people that make less.

As far as general statements...


Spending $200 to a drive that is useless without an XBox is kinda stupid.

That seems pretty specific. Maybe it's a comment that's part of that large percentage of misinterpreted statements. I dunno.


1) Its too early and the technology is not mature enough
2) Its cost inefficient as prices are still sky high
3) The price doesnt YET worth the gains for the picture quality

These are neither right nor wrong. All your opinion. I could have totally different views on those (I partially agree with #1, don't with #2, don't with #3) but that's my opinion on the technology and how much it's worth to me.

The narrowminded people that I am referring to are those that think their situation applies to others as well. Most people don't realize it, but statements to the effect of "It costs way to much no one would buy it" or "It would be stupid to spend so much on that" are narrowminded. Statements of "It costs way to much I wouldn't buy it" state opinion. For me the addon sets me back a couple hours of work, not a big purchase to me. For a person who it sets back a few days or a paycheck - It's different. For me it's worth spending the money to get the picture quality increase. You wouldn't spend a couple hours of works pay to increase the image quality of movies? That's what people are not thinking about. They see the cost affecting everyone the same, but it doesn't. I've been on both sides of the coin and I know not everyone can afford it, and it's just not worth it to some. But don't blast those that do buy it(or in this case, intend to), you don't know their reasons or situation.

I will apoligize if I offended you in the earlier post, I should not have just called you out but it was the last post in the comments and I was frustrated and still working on my first cup of coffee yesterday. My bad.


RE: Why would anyone buy an addon HD DVD player???
By spinn3rs on 8/15/2006 4:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
I am sorry to hear about your job.
I didnt mean to blast anyone and im really sorry if that came out this way. I only wanted to emphasize my opinions and i might have used the wrong words to do so and i apologise for that.
Also, i wasnt expecting a direct reply when posting my comment with such a tough criticism about it. But i can defenatelly understand why is so, after being frustrated on the first cup of coffee at work :o)
Have a nice day


By spinn3rs on 8/15/2006 4:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmmm no unicode character encoding in the forum

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