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About the product
- 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
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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I discovered that even though it is a player to add the ability to play HD DVDs that the old Xbox was not designed for, I found that it can be used as an external CD/DVD reader drive for PCs and laptops. It may show up on your systems list as a CD reader, but with the right software to play HD DVDs, it can be a player for the other devices.
One point though, the player came out with software to be installed on the old Xboxs, which my package did not have. But as long as your Xbox has been getting it's updates, the support is already installed. Good thing because you cannot get a download of the software - anywhere.
The Xbox will see the player when you hook it up. To play, you just find the tile labeled HD DVD on your "My video apps" list. It will require to use the red button on the controller to get to the pause option using the green button
In my estimation, this remains a great value even today. As you can see, you can pick up used versions of this unit for fairly cheap (I got mine for $20). Microsoft continues to support the players, so even with the latest xbox update, you can rest assured that this unit will still work. In addition, many of the HD-DVD movies can be found fairly easily for pretty cheap. Most movies can be found for less than $5, many of them even 2 or 3. Obviously, most people won't want all of the movies that were released on HD-DVD, but you'll definitely find a few favorites. I've saved over $170 from buying HD-DVD movies verses Blu Ray. There are even a select few that have yet to be released on Blu Ray.
As far as sound and picture quality goes, they are every bit as good as their Blu Ray counterparts. Due to the xbox's capibilities, you don't actually get the full audio quality, but the difference is so minimal that you would only know if you had a $1,000 sound system and the two movies side by side. The picture quality is amazing. Most titles, you won't even need to find the DVD to compare, you'll know instantly that it's a vast improvement. Since the drive is an extension to your xbox, most universal remotes will work with the play, pause, skip, etc. functions on the movies.
If nothing else, you can consider this an extra drive for your xbox to quickly switch from playing a game to watching a movie. But for the dirt cheap cost of these drives, it's a wise investment.
Working through the Xbox eliminates another video hookup and control of game play vs. movie play is done with either the game controller or the supplied remote control. If you leave a game disk in your console when you boot, it will default to the game start unless you go to the dashboard and select the movie.
Even with the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray media wars going on, it was a no-brainer to go with this unit due to low cost. By the time the winner emerges in that media war, HD players will be much lower cost than they are today and I'll have had several years of HD movie watching behind me.
I rate this high due to the relatively low cost, seamless integration, and playback quality. The only thing I would have changed is make the drive door come out the same side (curved edge) as the console so that they would be stacked in the same orientation.