Xbox 360 with built in HD-DVD

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I came across a disturbing story this morning. It appears that Microsoft may be about to launch a Xbox 360 with a built in HD-DVD drive.

Now most of you know my opinion on this format, I don’t mind if Microsoft release a Xbox 360 with a HD-DVD drive, I don’t mind if they release a XBox 360 with a Blu-Ray drive but I will have an issue if the choice is taken away. 

In some exciting news for HD-DVD fans, Scott Browning, one of the most experienced CE retail marketing executives in Australia, has revealed that Microsoft is preparing to launch a new Xbox 360 console featuring a built in HD-DVD drive

If they decide that instead of giving us a much wanted price cut they will bundle the HD-DVD drive instead I will be very annoyed. Leave the format war to choice please.

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Last Updated: October 19, 2007

Gavin Mannion

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  • JP

    What’s wrong with you? With a HD-DVD drive in an xbox 360 this “war” will end faster and sony can pay for their mistakes quicker.

  • JP

    “If they decide that instead of giving us a much wanted price cut they will bundle the HD-DVD drive instead I will be very annoyed.”

    Also it won’t effect you. You most likely already have a xbox360. Were you going to buy another one if there was a price cut?

  • abev

    Lol at JP!

    Im sorry but I enjoy this little snippet of news, for once it isnt Sony making the HUGE mistakes 🙂
    IMO this is a really stupid move,the price cuts on the ps3 has already seen it spike above xbox sales in some places, M$ should be dropping their price to stay competitive, not forcing a potentially loosing format.
    Fair enough Sony attempted this, but atleast it was implemented in the begining and the games are BD based.
    With Bluray outselling HD DVD 4:1 in the EU and 2:1 in the usa I think this is a very silly move indeed.

  • LazySAGamer

    “Also it won’t effect you. You most likely already have a xbox360. Were you going to buy another one if there was a price cut?”

    😉 umm yeah… The kids kep using mine…. Anyway back to the point. This format ‘war’ isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and I have no intention of being put in the middle of it.

    Leave the gaming consoles to play games and take your format war somewhere else.

  • Ruslan

    I dont see the fuss, its just another SKU and you still have a CHOICE in what version of the X360 you buy. Simple as that!

    @abev – links please, ratios are fanfare figures for the press you know! 😉

  • hilt_ctn

    Hmm another SKU. Seems to be common place now regardless of console brand.

    Next up…the Wii 😉

  • JP

    If only.

    Imagine the Wii-HD. With built in HD-DVD drive. 🙂

    To be honest with you I’d have just preferred my standard to just be able to play standard DVDs.

  • Ruslan

    When a console comes that can make coffee all else is lost for the rest…

  • Banana hammock

    You guys need to realise that MS does not support HD-DVD, MS want to make the format war last as long as possible because their main interest is in downloadable content.

    If they said they were introducing a built in HD-DVD drive for the XboX because of the size of games i’d say fine, but because all their other SKUs won’t be able to play the new games i’m gonna call this one rubbish, it makes no sense to do this now.

    If you aren’t gonna use it for games why not just let people buy the add on HD-DVD drive?

  • ^^^^ what banana man said…no reason to unless the games need it (which they don’t except maybe Assassin’s Creed) and then you run the risk of alienating current 360 users who suddenly can’t play games due to the fact they need an HD-DVD drive. It just doesn’t make sense – that being said this is Microsoft.

  • Mr Bubblesworthy

    Maybe they have finally cottoned on that new games will start needing the added storage space and all other xbox gamers will be screwed.

  • LazySAGamer

    @Bubble, that is more than highly unlikely. It is much more likely to see games arriving on multiple discs.. I know what a weird concept 😉

  • Milesh Bhana

    I don’t see this as a problem unless they start making games on HD-DVD. Having a Hi-Def player bundled makes sense.

    But MS are already facing the problem that a hard drive is not neccessarily there. Forcing people to buy a hard drive and a HD-DVD drive would cause problems.

    Out of curiousity, if MS decided to start putting games on HD-DVD (doubt they’d be that stupid), would the bandwidth on the USB connection be sufficient enough for games to run off the add-on drive ?

  • JP

    “If you aren’t gonna use it for games why not just let people buy the add on HD-DVD drive?” because it’s inelegant takes up space and looks cheap.

    Not to mention it’ll free up a usb port.

  • washer

    waddya know first hdmi then hd-dvd seems the 360 may move up to next gen status instead of the pseudo next gen bollocks it currently is

  • doobiwan

    I think it’s a great idea. The only feature Sony really has that MS fans may want – more SKU’s :p

    But seriously, apparently Toshiba is driving the product which makes a lot of sense. Personally I’m all for choice, and it’ll look neater in the lounge.

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