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Microsoft discontinues Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Microsoft officially announced Saturday that it will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360.

"As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market," a statement issued on the Gamerscore Blog said.

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nicholascage243557d ago

that includes my cousin. Thank god i didnt purchase an add-on.

MS should reimburse the full money that they from those add-on owners. poor misinformed and gullible people ..they are so easily duped and exploited by big corporations

decapitator3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

Well, they made an investment and is going to cost them. They have a few options :

1.Keep it as a collectors item.
2.Keep it and show it to their grand children
3.Post a video of them smashing it.

Guys, you could add more to it as you please.

Rest in peace HD DVD add on.

toughNAME3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

what about the 10,000,000 Sixaxis controllers?

Ashta3557d ago

Hur hur....I see what you did there.

However, since you ASKED I guess those people can go play whatever game supports motion control which ranges from Resistence to Devil May Cry 4.

Or lots of Folklore. Just saying.

nicholascage243557d ago

six axis is the prmiary control of PS3. some people like playing with it in Motorstorm, ratchet,lair ,HS, Uncharted.

six axis will remain till the end of ps3's tenure.

But what about those x360 owners without HDMI 1.3
without wifi ...16 million people had to purchase a wifi for 99$

what happens to those 10 million LIVE owners who pay 50$ for LIVE per year

what happens to those Millions of xbox owners whose consoles gave RROD after the expiration of warantees

what happens to those xbox owners without HDD drive and who are deprived of games like Burnout for that purpose?

Slayer OP3557d ago

There is nothing wrong with those...

jackdoe3557d ago

They can use it as a DVD Upscaler which is what Best Buy is marketing the remaining HD-DVD players as.

Bubble Buddy3557d ago

Decapitator lmao, make a "smash my HD-DVD add on" video. toughNAME...Leafs sucks and what about the sixaxis? I can't play future games with it?

AllroundGamer3557d ago

toughNAME must have bought the HDDVD add-on and now he is really pissed, so he used a desperation move and tried to make the competition look bad... but failed :D

mikeslemonade3557d ago

The whole "I can use it as a upscalar" doesn't excuse you that you were dumb enough to make the wrong decision. The 360 can already upscale dvds and you most people spent $180 for the device which is way more than a upscaling dvd player.

toughNAME3557d ago

Like playing a cassette tape on an HD DVD player...

Using a Sixaxis for your PS3 will not give you the intended, next generation experience

And until HDTV prices go down, there's no point in buying an HD format

Slayer OP3557d ago

"Using a Sixaxis for your PS3 will not give you the intended, next generation experience
"

Really? Works fine for me. You probably havent even used the controller so your one to talk.

Lifendz3557d ago

MS should also not cut the price to sell additional players to the "misinformed". MS should also replace all malfunctioning 360s right away. MS should also perform a mass recall so that people with the other board (the non-falcon one) don't have to wait for their system to RROD. MS should also not charge for Xbox live. MS should also lower the price on that HDD they sell. It's a complete rip off. MS should also remove the limitations of Xbox live games. MS should do a lot of things. Now let's get back to reality. They won't.

Bonsai12143557d ago

toughname, you've actually gotten worse at making up insults. for shame.

the thing is, the sixaxis was not 200 bucks. games are still being made for the ps3, so you can use it with all future games too. no more hd-dvd ares being made.

and last time i checked, uncharted was the definitive next gen title. and oh look, my sixaxis works fine with it.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3557d ago

40 gb version no BC
No PS3 comes with HD cables
Most PS3 owners without rumble
PSN realy only supported by Sony
Games delayed after 360
Blu-ray priority over games
Still waiting on those games
BC games can't be upscaled without HDMI
No XMB
Send someone a message while playing another game
No custom music
Up to 4 gb need to be installed for some games to load
No downloading in the background

Now lets compaire
360 has a hard drive for 2 of the 3 versions of 360's
2 of the 3 come with HD cables
2 of the 3 support BC and one can be upgraded (but not with the 40gb :o snap)
Rumble on all 360's from day one
Custom music
Downloading in the background
Private chat across multiple channels, including any 360 or arcade game
Original Xbox game upscaled without "any" HD cable
Live
DLC
HD movies and TV "without any" Disc drive
No games need to be installed in order to cut down on "loading" times
Flawless multimedia connectivity with any PC or MAC

You guys like to spout about how the 360 is more expensive when we buy all the extras, yeah thats true, but so does yours :)

toughNAME3557d ago

If the DS3 controllers finally come out, who would want to use the old half-assed ones?

I mean an add-on is just that...an add-on

But the Sixaxis is the primary PS3 controller. Now I'm glad Sony finally caught up, it just seems odd PS3 owners will just sit tight with their incomplete controllers?

Well in the end I suggest all PS3 owners buy the fixed controller, rumble is a must for next generation gaming. Welcome

bruiser813557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

@1.2 we can throw poop all day for instance, what about the 12 mill and some odd 360 owners with no hdmi or pottentially defective systems. or the 3 mill and some odd gamers without hard drives. The sixaxis is not at the same level as the add-on cause it still have a purpose and will still be used.

Edit: man 1.5 you beat me to it and did a much better job, hat off 2 u

Maddens Raiders3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

come on now guys....this isn't looking good for you and your arguments are....well, making both of you look slightly north of desperate to say the least.

Just admit that this is not a good thing for the image or the endless trail of tears for Microsoft as of late, and it will make both of you look more realistic and your arguments tolerable to say the least -- and will save you from looking anything like this.....

rofldings3557d ago

Toughname, you're always preaching about how M$ gives you a choice.

Well, if rumble is important to you, buy a DS3 - many people buy more than one controller. If not, stick with the sixaxis that came with the PS3, you can still play 100% of all PS3 games.

Rumble is not necessary to play all PS3 games, if you're playing without a sixaxis, however, you can't play 100% of all PS3 games. In Uncharted, for example, you'd be screwed trying to balance on the logs to get across.

Bonsai12143557d ago

jason, you can download in the background and an hdmi cable costs 10 bucks online. while live is still superior to psn, being able to chat across games and send messages while in game does not warrant 50 bucks a year to me.

and you know as well as i do that if sony wanted to, they could firmware upgrade for BC, they just choose not to for some reason.

and as for sixaxis being an incomplete controller, its actually fully functional, regardless of how you lie to yourself. rumble is a extra feature that does little to alter gameplay unless the developer programs it in (as in the case of MGS4) Its an extra sensory feature that immerses you more, but is not necessary to the overall gameplay experience. (unless, as mentioned above, it is made to be part of the gameplay.) do i miss rumble with the ps3 games i've played? no i don't. but will i get one for mgs4? probably because there's actually some use for it there. whereas everywhere else it is extra.

toughNAME3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

I completely agree rofldings...

make that 20,000,000 flawed PS3 controllers

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lol I wanna see the jump in my ignore list...I don't know why I'm teasing so
(lmao it went down!)

EDIT -
yeah I know...I fail...didn't you see?

Ri0tSquad3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

That was so weak. The fail is strong with that one. .

Every comment you post from here will only get weaker.

@Jason 360

The fail with your post is almost as strong a Toughname's.
Your credibility is gone. PS3 can do background downloading.
http://i118.photobucket.com...

Got it? Good, now go back to hush mode.

Slayer OP3557d ago

No downloading in the background
BC games can't be upscaled without HDMI
No XMB (wtf?)
Blu-ray priority over games
Still waiting on those games
Those are all incorrect^^

Now for this

360 has a hard drive for 2 of the 3 versions of 360's (and all ps3 have a HDD)
Downloading in the background (so does ps3)
Live (psn is free. Have fun paying for something that should be free)
DLC (ps3 has that to you imbecile)
HD movies and TV "without any" Disc drive(same with ps3)
No games need to be installed in order to cut down on "loading" times(2 games do this and now you act like its a standard for all games. Please dont over emphasize this)
Flawless multimedia connectivity with any PC or MAC (Ps3 can connect to PC's)

Nice job. Now you proved that you make up lies to prove points.

The Wood3557d ago

you should at least mention that the ps3 'works'

XBOX 3603557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

40 gb version no BC
--Neither does the Arcade 360; even with a harddrive, the BC is horrible: ~30% BC?

No PS3 comes with HD cables
--True; it's the only thing you have to buy for the PS3 - either buy an HDMI cable off monoprice for $10 shipped or use a PS2 component cable which can be bought for ~$15 from bestbuy or a $20 PS3 component cable (Same thing except it's made by Sony)

Most PS3 owners without rumble
--True, but it doesn't hinder the ability to play games. If you don't happen to have a network cable running into your living room for your 360, can't play online = gameplay hindered = $99 lost. Buy a DS3 if you want. You have a REAL choice if you want it or not.

PSN realy only supported by Sony
--False. There are many developers making games for PSN, UNIQUE games, not just rehashed HD versions of old games. Not to mention PSN has no constraints since EVERY PS3 has an hdd.

Games delayed after 360
--False; this does not happen at all for big name games. It seems the only time some no-name game matters is when it gets canceled on PS3 (Frontlines?)

Blu-ray priority over games
--That's your opinion. There are many games I love on the PS3 and all of them are very fun.

Still waiting on those games
--See above.

BC games can't be upscaled without HDMI
--False; PS1/2 games CAN be upscaled via Component or HDMI, not composite (for obvious reasons). Again, it helps to own a PS3.

No XMB
--If by Ingame XMB, yes. It will launch with home.

Send someone a message while playing another game
--See above? Not really worth $50/year, btw, for a service that will eventually be on PS3 for free.

No custom music
--Also launch with home.

Up to 4 gb need to be installed for some games to load
--There are only 2 games that require an install over 2gb; those games that require 2gb installs equate to 2 games. Assassin's Creed and Heavily Sword. Notice how the two games that require an install are both made by Capcom and are both ported from PC? This does not equate to all PS3 games.

No downloading in the background
--False; You can download in background. You can also watch videos while they're downloading.

Now lets compare
360 has a hard drive for 2 of the 3 versions of 360's
--That's a plus? The PS3 has standard hard drives on ALL its consoles.

2 of the 3 come with HD cables
--All of them don't come with Wifi, free online, rechargeable controllers, harddrives, etc - buy all that or a $10 cable?

2 of the 3 support BC and one can be upgraded (but not with the 40gb :o snap)
--False, PS2 BC can be done with software emulation. But at the cost of $99 for a 360 20gb harddrive, YOU CAN BUY A PS2! Instead of the 360's 30% BC.

Rumble on all 360's from day one
--True; however, not all 360's controllers were wireless and none support out-of-box rechargeable packs.
Custom music
--True.
Downloading in the background
--Again, so does the PS3. With videos too.
Private chat across multiple channels, including any 360 or arcade game
--See above.
Original Xbox game upscaled without "any" HD cable
--Again, so does the PS3.
Live
--PSN. Free.
DLC
--PS3 too...
HD movies and TV "without any" Disc drive
--PS3 too.
No games need to be installed in order to cut down on "loading" times
--A few games that require an installation on PS3 =/= all games.
Flawless multimedia connectivity with any PC or MAC
--PS3 too. Just use any DLNA server to play any XviD/DivX file. Not to mention you can install Linux to PLAY ANY FORMAT that can be played on a PC. OGG/DIVX/XVID/MKV/etc.

toughNAME3557d ago

Well if no one can provide an actual argument in the 15 minutes I have to edit my post, I think I'll go catch the rest of the wings/canucks game then head off to bed.

And when I get back from work tomorrow I expect to see my ignore list back where it should be. You know who you are...

Legion3557d ago

My Elite system came with a Black out-of-box rechargeable pack controller. So you are inaccurate in that aspect.

XBOX 3603557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

Really? I thought that was only in the Halo 3 edition...

http://www.joystiq.com/2007...

At least according to that chart and that was a "limited edition" SKU.
If it came with the elite, it must be a new thing, because I had a friend buy an elite last summer without the kit in box.

Tru_Blu3556d ago

So the fanboys are down to Rumble and BC? From the PS3 fail list a few weeks ago, that is good.

LastDance3556d ago

Its quite simple TOUGHname....when i have 3 other friends over... my favorite gets a rumble and the plebs get 2 sixaxis.. im not letting them break my dual shock controllers:) problem solved.

moodymofo3556d ago

at least the people that bought the add on only got sukerd out of 180 bucks unlike me i got suckerd out of 500 buks by buyin a ps3

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nicholascage243557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

i told my cousin about this and he is selling his xbox tomorrow.

I will be doing the same once i see the resistance 2 and killzone 2 footage.I believe if they match my level of anticipation then i will be selling my x360 no doubt since i have a very high end PC and i can play ALan Wake/Gears1/Mass effect/Left4Dead/Bioshock at a much better rez on it.

MS should repay the full amount of money it took from those 300k addon owners. Otherwise the sales of x360 could fall even further

etownone3557d ago

nobody forced anybody to buy the HD add on.... it was a choice.

You know choice? as in what sony did not offer PS3 owners and forced blu-ray into the ps3 to win the format war.

Yes, it paid off, we all know. But that tactic doesn't always work...just ask the owners of UMD movies, another forced format.

Ashta3557d ago

I've been wondering why people have been screaming that UMD is a forced and failed format. I mean...the cartridges that the DS uses are only useful it but is that still a failed format of media?

I was thinking about this yesterday and I'm pretty sure that the UMD was pretty much the only choice they could have had since they wanted to be able to still use disc media but in a smaller more portable fashion. Sure, the movies portion of the UMD sales didn't fair so well, but even now MTV studios is going to be publishing movies on it again along with a few other smaller studios since the PSP has seen such a rise.

Also, look at the PS2. You could also say the same for it as well. It "forced" the DVD format in to peoples homes and was even pivotal in helping the rise of DVD sales and adoption. So, I'm pretty much seeing that the Trojon horse method is at a no loss right now.

I mean....it worked for the greeks pretty well and Sony is like...what?...2-0 on that methodology?

nicholascage243557d ago

UMD will be used as the PSP format for another 5/10 years.

but the HD DVD discs will end up nowhere other than garbage.

Yes MS forced gullible owners to buy that defective add-on. EBGAMES employee duped my cousin into saying thta GTA4 will come on HD DVD disc for x360.

UMD still is and will be supported by PSP unlike a cheating and money hungry corporation like MS

mikeslemonade3557d ago

Hey nicholacage24 you're very smart to see pass all the PS3 negativity and misconceptions. If you really own a 360 no PS3 yet than congrats for you for seeing the truth. Sell the 360 immediately now that it has good demand from the good games of late 2007.

Bonsai12143557d ago

difference is, if blu-ray failed as a format, you can still use it to hold data, ie games. same with UMD. you can still use it to hold games. no games were made on hd-dvd, so when it failed as a movie format, all its cards were out.

Ri0tSquad3557d ago

You can't spin this, you won't win.

Devs are having storage problems(mlb2k8), were seeing games on multiple discs, and games will only get BIGGER from here on. Do you really still believe in the whole "blu-ray isn't needed" BS? I don't know how many times we have seen news regarding DVD space issues. Regardless of what Sony's intentions you might think were, Blu-ray is HELPING video games.

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Relientk773557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

WOW... looks like Microsoft is acting fast... cutting their losses and leaving it at that ...

mikeslemonade3557d ago

Yea it just shows MS how corrupt they are. Sony has never just left a format dead almost instantaneously. Betamax and UMD lingered/ing for a long time.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3557d ago

With this out of the way they can concentrate on DD and say goodbye to those "scratched" and rotting http://www.gametrailers.com... disc that Bestbuy wont take back.

Ashta3557d ago

I wonder if it is possible for you to actually be even more of a troll than you are now.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3557d ago

This is Xbox 360 news and I'm an Xbox 360 fanboy. So... How is it that I'm trolling again?

nicholascage243557d ago

Blu Ray has killed HD DVD and perhaps x360 in most european countries with HD DVD's demise (that could include UK too where BD uptake jumped 7fold after the news of HD DVD's demise)

MS beloved HD DVD is finished. X360 to go

MS can only counter BD's progress with viral BUT INEFFECTIVE campaigns through CNET/MSNBC and other Horrible US media.

MS is now just a spectator to Blu Ray's rise to the TOP

mikeslemonade3557d ago

The rotting disc is user error. And the PS3 plays scratched PS2 games that are normally unplayable on PS2. And BR has a coating that protects it. When I rent a game from Gamefly the PS3 games never have scratches whereas the other system games have scratches and sometimes I have to send them back for another disc and that's just a waste of time.

Bonsai12143557d ago

have fun downloading your real hd movies off some slow network. you know, not those shoddy ones that are for rent on live or apple tv. the real ones with real bitrates of 40mb/s. oh wait, the internet isn't fast enough for that yet and won't be for another half decade.

its alright, you're not the only one who talks about things they don't know.

trancefreak3557d ago

dont put ur bd in ur fish tank and it will be all good. None of my discs or doing that

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wallace10003557d ago

Just the bad luck of the draw, now that HD DVD is as good as done there isn't much point in continuing to make one.