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Xbox 360 HD DVD drive more popular than standalone drives

The HD DVD Group announced in April that it had sold over 100,000 players in the U.S. in its first year of availability. The numbers only represented standalone players, and did not include sales of HD DVD PC drives or the Xbox 360 HD DVD player.

A Microsoft representative told CNET UK that 155,000 Xbox 360 HD DVD add-ons have been sold in the U.S., making it the “biggest-selling accessory” ever sold for the console. By “biggest-selling,” Microsoft may be referring to the overall revenue, as it would seem unlikely that the HD DVD add-on would be more popular than extra controllers. Each HD DVD drive retails for around $200.

Even with the combination of standalone HD DVD players and the Xbox 360 add-on, the overall number of HD DVD-capable players is less than the total number of Blu-ray playing machines. The difference between those two, however, is that every HD DVD player or drive is purchased with the intention of playing movies. On the other hand, not every Blu-ray machine is (with the majority of them being PlayStation 3 consoles) purchased for movies.

Even though there is more Blu-ray hardware in the hands of consumers, the HD DVD side averages more movies sold per machine. According to CNET, an average of one disc per Blu-ray machine is sold, compared to four discs per HD DVD machine. Nevertheless, overall disc sales for 2007 are still in favor of Blu-ray.

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RE: Very interesting article
By CorrND on 6/25/2007 9:37:11 AM , Rating: 1
While not supporting sony, or taking anything away from HD-DVD, I wonder if those numbers (HD-DVD 4 titles / player) are including those deals where they give away 5 free titles when you purchase the player.

Honestly, I wonder who's buying an HD-DVD player and only getting four movies to play on it. Why plunk down $200 for the XB360 add-on or $300+ for an HD-A2 and only get four movies to watch? That's quite a waste of money. And considering that's an average, there are some people who have only bought 1 or 2.

RE: Very interesting article
By darkpaw on 6/25/2007 9:56:28 AM , Rating: 3
If I bought it, I'd probably own zero movies other then what was included. Netflix is way cheaper then buying.

RE: Very interesting article
By mdogs444 on 6/25/2007 10:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
Good call. Forgot about the online rentals. It is great - but unlike DVD, theres no disc-disc copying :-( (I know, shame shame!). So sue me!

RE: Very interesting article
By VIAN on 6/25/2007 12:47:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's definitely an average as I alone own twenty HD DVD titles.

RE: Very interesting article
By wallijonn on 6/25/2007 1:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
Why plunk down $200 for the XB360 add-on or $300+ for an HD-A2 and only get four movies to watch?

Ah, because you're more likely to re-buy the best movies you already own and you don't want to take a chance buying a crap movie, since you can buy the crap movie for $10 cheaper on regular DVD? You're more likely to want to buy the blockbusters in HD.

RE: Very interesting article
By Samus on 6/25/2007 4:20:42 PM , Rating: 3
I bought one just for my HTPC. I took it out of the case, chopped the sides off with a dremel because it was too wide, and got a $10 IDE controller board on eBay.

Works like a charm, although there isn't an eject button (I just do it in software)

Great HD-DVD titles span from Planet Earth to movies like The Fountain (amazing in HD) and V for Vendetta. It plays DVD's too, so it still swings both ways. Great value for $200 bucks and $30 for PowerDVD.

RE: Very interesting article
By h0mi on 6/27/2007 2:44:26 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind that I doubt they'll only buy 4 movies ever. They've probably had the HD-DVD add on for a year or less and only have 4 titles so far.

I have purchased 1 title for HD-DVD so far (and got 2 free with my purchase of the add on). I'll buy Planet earth later this summer, and import T2 but otherwise, I'm not sure which titles I'll buy until I rent them first.

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