From Kotaku: "I'm not a video snob. When I first got my big-ass high-def television I really wasn't that impressed. The non HD signal looked like crap and the HD stuff looked OK, but it didn't make my eyes bleed. I guess I heard one too many people tell me that an HD picture looks 3D.
But when I finally got a chance to check out an HD DVD I understood what everyone was talking about. The picture is beautiful, amazingly crisp. I didn't really care that much about the other features, the picture-in-picture commentary, the ability to access the menu without pausing the movie.
But if you own a high-def television you need to get a high-def movie player, otherwise what's the point.
The 360's HD-DVD player seems to do an admirable job of playing movies, but it's not the best design. It would have made a lot more sense for Microsoft to just build the thing into their console, something I'm sure they will be doing as a third SKU down the line.2