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Microsoft will cut the price of its HD DVD add-on August 1

Microsoft introduced its HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 last November for a price of $199 USD. The Xbox 360 launched without a high definition disc player, so the USB-based HD DVD add-on gave Microsoft the additional firepower necessary to combat the PlayStation 3's standard Blu-ray disc drive.

Through the end of June, Microsoft had sold over 155,000 of the HD DVD add-ons and proclaimed it the "biggest-selling accessory" ever for a console.

Now, Microsoft has seen fit to reduce the price of its most expensive accessory for the Xbox 360. Effective August 1, the HD DVD add-on will retail for $179 USD. In addition, customers who purchase the peripheral between August and September 30 will also qualify to receive five free HD DVD movies.

"With the price reduction to $179, the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy high definition," said Microsoft's Jeff Bell. "From the beginning, we set out to offer Xbox 360 owners an unrivaled high-definition experience, with a choice of optical discs on the HD DVD format and digital downloads through Xbox LIVE Marketplace -- both of which have a selection of the best content Hollywood has to offer."

Microsoft will highlight the HD DVD add-on price reduction by offering the movie "300" on demand in HD beginning August 14 through Xbox LIVE. Also on deck will be a free download of the season one pilot of "Heroes." "300" and "Heroes: Season 1" will also be available on HD DVD.

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RE: Still overpriced
By darkpaw on 7/26/2007 10:25:00 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm.. I was unaware of this. Can you give me the model # of the drive? As I posted above, I was mostly interested in this for my media center PC, but would love to get one at $80 instead of $180.

RE: Still overpriced
By darkpaw on 7/26/2007 10:33:05 AM , Rating: 2
NVM, I found them. Might just go this route instead.

RE: Still overpriced
By phusg on 7/26/2007 11:37:31 AM , Rating: 3

RE: Still overpriced
By Spuke on 7/26/07, Rating: 0
RE: Still overpriced
By deeznuts on 7/26/2007 12:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Too much work? You're kidding right? Unless you mean buying over the internet is too much work. It's not brand new, came out last November. $100 off $1000 is not that much, $100 off $179 is 55%.

Go to ebay, find drive, purchase. Don't see where that is too much work.

To the original poster, thanks I did not know they were this cheap. Since my computer is black I'll have to paint it with Vinyl Dye, but at $80 I'm not scared. Thanks!

RE: Still overpriced
By zombiexl on 7/26/2007 1:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
To the original poster, thanks I did not know they were this cheap. Since my computer is black I'll have to paint it with Vinyl Dye, but at $80 I'm not scared. Thanks!

No problem.. My desktop PC isnt capable (old video card) of playing HD content, although my laptop is and Ive used my 360 drive on it a few times. It works rather well.

RE: Still overpriced
By LostInLine on 7/26/2007 1:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
The connector is not exactly a standard laptop connector so a mod is needed according to this report.

RE: Still overpriced
By Spuke on 7/26/2007 3:51:09 PM , Rating: 1
I was talking about the ebay drives that another poster mentioned. They take the guts out of the drive, get a mounting bracket, then they need a mini IDE converter and some other stuff. That's too much work when the $179 full unit just plugs right into the computer.

RE: Still overpriced
By Spuke on 7/26/2007 3:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not bagging on you guys wanting to pay less. I'm just saying that I don't feel that the work involved makes up for the $100 savings when the regular just works. You guys have at it. It's not for me. I'll pay the money.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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