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Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Platform : Xbox 360
Rated: Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars 382 customer reviews

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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
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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.

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ASIN B000JHO4L0
Release date November 7, 2006
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4.2 out of 5 stars 382 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,905 in videogames
#429 in Video Games > Xbox 360 > Accessories
#5,016 in Video Games > Accessories
Pricing The strikethrough price is the List Price. Savings represents a discount off the List Price.
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7.5 x 5.2 inches
Media: Video Game
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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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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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I just recently acquired this item for dirt cheap ($15) and figured I'd post an honest review and impressions.

First off, I decided to get one of these because my stand-alone player, the Toshiba HD-A1 didn't display movies at full 1080p (it only went as high as 1080i) and it was very slow to boot up and load the disc. The HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 works fantastically. The movies look as good as their Blu-Ray counterparts in 1080p (as long as you connect your Xbox 360 to your TV via HDMI or VGA) and it loads blazingly fast in comparison to most other HD DVD players. The only downside is that the player will only output audio at Dolby Digital 5.1. Due to the limitations of the Xbox 360 hardware, the audio will not come through as Dolby Digital+ or Dolby True HD. This is minor for most people because the difference in sound quality is negligible unless you have a high-end audio system.

Blu-Ray officially won the format war but that doesn't change the fact that there are a ton of great movies available on HD DVD for significantly less money. If you're wanting to build up your HD movie library, don't think that Blu-Ray is your only option. There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting this player along with 50 movies for around $100. The studios use the same video codecs on the HD DVD disc as they do on the Blu-Ray version so in my opinion, it would be foolish to rule out the HD DVD format as a viable option to kickstart your HD movie library.

I definitely recommend this HD DVD player because it's incredibly fast, easy to set up, and it even provides your Xbox 360 with an additional USB port.
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