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Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews) 8 answered questions

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  • Stunning video and immersive surround-sound audio with up to six times higher resolution than standard DVD
  • Innovative interactive content enables PIP commentary, scene selection, and menu access, all while the movie is playing!
  • Only HD DVD offers a 'combo' disk: DVD on one side allows playback on all your existing DVD players in your home or car
  • Enjoy hundreds of great HD DVD movies this holiday from major studios such as Universal, Warner, Paramount, Studio Canal, and more

Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000JHO4L0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 5.2 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,691 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

You've experienced next-gen gaming on Xbox 360™ … now experience next-gen DVD movies with HD DVD. The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player is the most affordable way to jump into the next generation of DVD technology, along with the flexibility to enter when you are ready. Just plug Xbox 360 HD DVD Player into Xbox 360 and enjoy the ultimate home theater experience with more clarity and detail than broadcast, cable or satellite HD. Feed your HDTV the high definition content it craves with HD DVD on Xbox 360! Includes the movie King Kong on HD-DVD. Xbox 360 HD-DVD requires a Xbox 360 game console. This is not a stand-alone HD-DVD player.

Customer Reviews

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169 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry-level HD DVD Player December 15, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been using this Xbox HD-DVD player for almost a month now and so far it works just great. I actually had no plans to buy either Blu-Ray or HD-DVD until one of those losers became a dominate player. Unfortunately it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon. And for $200, I couldn't pass it up since I already had an Xbox. And I couldn't bring myself to keep buying low-def regular DVD's with these awesome HD DVD's out there. AND, the HD DVD combo discs still have regular DVD content for normal DVD players in other rooms in the house.

Out of the box, this drive is extremely easy to setup. Just pop in the setup CD, plug it in, and you're ready to go. There is a separate power cord as well. The included remote is nice, but I'll stick with my Harmony 880. It's able to control all the basic functions of the player. The player is also unable take advantage of the improved audio quality of HD-DVD, so you just get the normal "good" audio quality you had with previous DVD's. Which isn't bad, but still somewhat disappointing. Otherwise, all the menu's work nicely, the player starts up fairly quick, and the picture quality is awesome - for component video at least.

Component is probably the biggest negative I can think of - and that's really due to the Xbox 360's fault, not the player itself. If you think HD DVD looks good on your xbox component connection in 1080i, just wait until you see it via your HDMI port in 1080i or even 1080p (if your TV accept 1080p and is big enough to take advantage of such a high res). Unfortunately, there is no word of HDMI for the xbox. So you only get 1080i via the Component connection. To get 1080p, you need the VGA cable, which has a somewhat better picture.

So I bought the VGA cable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect December 8, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Microsoft has released the HD-DVD drive as an obvious counterstrike to the PS3's Blu-Ray capability, but the drive is much more than a bullet point in the console & format war.

PROS: The HD-DVD drive is quite simply the most efficient and cost-effective HD solution for those of us that already own XBOX 360s. However, even if you were to consider buying a 360 with the HD-DVD drive solely for movie watching, it is still very competetively priced compared to the stand-alone models. Adding to its value, the package includes Microsoft's Universal Remote, and a copy of King Kong on HD DVD. The picture and sound quality is superb, as advertised, almost identical to the quality produced from Toshiba's newer HD DVD model. Add all this to the fact that installation and operation is quick and seamless, with load times for discs quicker than that of the Toshiba. Finally, for those of you with super-nice TVs, at the time of release the XBox 360 HD DVD drive is the only HD source (apart from Blu-Ray) that is capable of outputting in 1080p (full HD), if you have a TV that will accept a native 1080p signal.

CONS: There is only one real 'con' that I can think of - the drive's lack of HDMI connectivity. Although you can view the stunning 1080i picture over the XBox's HD component cables, for (I believe) copyright protection reasons you can't output HD DVD picture over component, despite the cable's capability. Therefore, if you want to take full advantage of the drive's picture capabilities, you'll have to utilize the seperately-sold VGA HD cable ($39.99), and this will only work if you have an 1080p HD monitor with PC/VGA input.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Add-On January 23, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a great product if you already own the XBOX 360. As everyone has already mentioned, it's no-brainer for $200.


· Incredible 1080i picture that blows away any HD transmission from your cable/satellite provider even at 1080i - at least on my HDTV.

· Runs much quieter than the noisy regular DVD drive of the XBOX 360

· Up-scales regular DVDs. I did a real-time comparison with a regular DVD movie and quickly switched it from the XBOX 360 regular DVD tray and then into the HD-DVD player. I witnessed an incredible upscale in visual quality to the point that it was almost as good as an actual HD-DVD movie. The other amazing thing about my little experiment was that since both drives are "powered" through the same XBOX 360 processor/"brain", upon switching from one drive to the next, the XBOX was "smart" enough to pick up right where I stopped to the exact second in the scene from the regular DVD player. I was pretty impressed by that. Not sure how I would apply that again in the future, but it was cool nonetheless.

Cons - And it's a major one if you own any of the Sony SXRD line of HD TVs:

· No HDMI output = No 1080p picture if you own a Sony SXRD line of HDTVs like me. I have the amazing Sony SXRD 50" rear projection LCD TV which defies logic at how sharp the picture is and how vivid the colors are in HD. With that said, I have yet to enjoy a 1080p picture on it because: 1) My cable provider transmits only a 720p/1080i picture (which I believe every satellite/cable provider is currently limited to in the US), and 2) XBOX 360 can only "transmit" a 1080p picture through a VGA cable. Though my TV does have a VGA input, a 1080p picture can only be possible utilizing the HDMI inputs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
old out dated
Published 18 days ago by Daniel W Rojas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Works great with the Xbox 360.
Published 1 month ago by Hicks D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my money
Wasted my money
Published 3 months ago by BamaFan2
5.0 out of 5 stars it worked like a charm
Allowed me to rip my stored orphaned HD DVD's over to my server. That was the plan years ago, when it was obvious which media won and HD-DVDs could be picked up for dollars a pop. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
worked like a charm. thanks
Published 7 months ago by tommy myers
1.0 out of 5 stars broke
Didn't work out of the box bought another one worked just fine it was cheap so I didn't make a big fuzz about it
Published 9 months ago by sonny torres
5.0 out of 5 stars the Xbox HD DVD player rocks
I have a big HD DVD collection b/c I bought them all very cheap after the format lost to blu-ray. I already had a player, but wanted a backup in case my HD DVD player dies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Loss the war but still good.
Still have a fairly large collection of HD movies and this player does a great job of playing them. Even though Blu Ray won the HD war this player plays all my movies flawlessly.
Published 17 months ago by Savvy Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars How did Blu-Ray win?
This is an amazing peripheral device for the xbox 360. Great way to watch cheap HD movies since HDDVDs are so cheap everywhere. Get one!
Published 21 months ago by Evan J Engle
4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad player with cheap movies avalible
not a bad investment when you can find these on average for 30-50 with box, remote ,accessories and 1-10 movies. then you can find many good movies even new for dirt cheap. Read more
Published 22 months ago by warpedrenderings
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