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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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Black version, please...
By CKDragon on 6/25/2007 11:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
If they would just release it in black I'd consider it. I didn't spend $480 for the black 360 Elite (and of course, for the 120gb HD & HDMI) just to have a white attachment on it.

Of course, the HD-DVD drive would still match my Wii. But it's the principle of the thing. :P

RE: Black version, please...
By Marcus Yam on 6/25/2007 11:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's also about the same size as the Wii. You could park your Wii right next to your 360 just to simulate what the HD DVD drive would look like next to the Xbox. :P

RE: Black version, please...
By CorrND on 6/25/2007 1:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
My god, the add-on is hideous! I've got it attached to my HTPC and it's embarrassing. My guess is that they cut a lot of corners, especially on design, to have it come in at $200 initially. There's no reason for it to be that expensive anymore.

RE: Black version, please...
By omnicronx on 6/25/2007 2:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Black version, please...
By Datalogger on 6/27/2007 12:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on this... I had to paint my wifi add on black. $100 for something that needs painted. Awesome.

I could get the vinyl add-on but not sure I want something that looks like it has stickers tacked on. But they do have the matte black vinyl also, instead of just the gloss black that would match my PS3 (which looks nicer IMO).

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