Microsoft will launch an updated HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 in 2008, it said at its 25th hardware anniversary in London today.
Well, this should be interesting...
i doubt it. it's probably the same drive just in the color black to match the elite. it's "new" the same way the "new" pink and blue controllers are "new."
yeah we doubt it.. hope they won't put a triple-layer capable drive in it. Blu-Rays win!!!
Internal HD DVD drive SKU? A lower-priced unit? Plug and play with Vista PCs & Xbox?
They will probably paint it black and charge more money for it without any major changes. At least that is what history would suggest.
It'll likely be a less costly unit from a chinese manufacturer instead of the Toshiba unit.
I'm sure you're very falmiliar with such a tactic. It's what Sony is doing with DS3. Release the console with no shock, say it is a last gen feature. Then a over a year later release it and have people buy a new controller that is basically needed for depth. PROFIT $$$ Sony, now as bad as Microsoft. I would like those who are disagreeing with me to explain themselves.
Quite frankly... i don't miss rumble playing RFOM, and Warhawk... and don't even notice it is missing
Dude you don't know what you were saying. Sony didn't put shock in their controller cuz they couldn't with the law suit going on. They could've say the truth but instead they made up some lame excuses like it's last gen or not work w/ motion sensing. But then again no one point a gun at your head forcing you to buy this hddvd drive or a dualshock3.
I disagreed with you because you're a d1ckhole. Happy?
I disagree with you because you didn't really state any facts in your argument. You just made blatant fanboy flamebait and didn't stick to the issue
Yah its safe to say it won't be downgraded or have less capabilities thats for sure.
They are currently using a slightly modified PC drive with an external power brick. First gen HD-DVD hardware. Toshiba and the drive makers are up to 3rd-gen drives; lower physical profile and lower power consumption. I'd expect the new one not to need the power brick and be thinner. And sell for less.
They haven't even sold 200,000... Compare that with almost 5 million PS3s with Bluray built-in sold.
Good point Torres. Bubble+ MakRoyale, you're comparing a non essential add on with a permanent fixture of a console. Get over yourself fanboy.
It's for the new HDVD's that hold more memory then the Bluray,the drive problably updated to play those.
The article refers to a new player, not the same player with updated firmware.
I've been waiting for a redesign to add another. Great news, hurry up so I can move my current one to my bedroom and put the new one for main room.
Whats the point?
Memo to MS: Please offer it in black, for those of us with Elites.
"But Blu-Ray is winning!"
A new entertainment SKU, including a HD DVD?
if it wasnt for the paramount deal MS would have abandoned this quicker than the first xbox.
This is a good thing. I wanted to start buying HD-DVDs and I was shopping around for a player. I was gonna buy an AX2 or A35 for cheap if I could find one but now I think ill wait to see what the specs are for this new player. The current 360 hd add-on is out of the question for me because it cant do 24hz playback. For any1 who thinks MS is dumb for doing this or something you are mistaken, because in new optical formats like blu-ray and hd-dvd, the players improve vastly each generation. the 360 add on now is a 1st generation drive. The technology is currently on 3rd generation. So its time for an update so I can get stuff like 24hz playback. This is why I feel sorry for ps3 owners. They have a 1st gen blu-ray player in their ps3, but 3rd gen blu-ray players are coming out now. Since the ps3 drive is internal, theres nothing you can do about it. Im sure ps3 will include better internal drives as the years pass but all current customers get screwed. Sony should of just stuck with DVDs for games, and released an add-on blu-ray drive.
...then you can forget about a 360 add-on of any kind. The add-on is just a bare drive in a USB case. The decoding and output will always be done inside the 360. Which means 1080i60 or 1080p60 are your main output choices; it is doubtful the 360 will ever do 24Hz output. If they do, however, it won't need a new drive; it would be strictly a software update, like the A20 is getting next month. Your best bet is to check out the Toshiba deal on Amazon right now; 7 free movies and a $300 price on the A20, last time I looked.
The HD-DVD add on came out after the PS3. Yet look at the reviews http://www.playthree.net/20... Now they're coming out with a new one because they realized the current is a POS. But since it's an add-on with HDMI 1.2 (old technology), it's gonna suck just as bad as the first one.
"This is why I feel sorry for ps3 owners. They have a 1st gen blu-ray player in their ps3, but 3rd gen blu-ray players are coming out now. Since the ps3 drive is internal, theres nothing you can do about it." You're getting caught up on the movie aspect. Since the games are on Blu-Ray too it doesn't matter whether the standalone players move on technologically because blu-ray games (up to 50GB) can still be made for the first PS3's. So feeling sorry for PS3 owners because of the internal blu-ray drive is perfectly fine, but you have to consider the fact that blu-ray games exist and HD-DVD games do not. The HD-DVD drive add-on is great for those that want to watch HD movies, but it's still not at the same standard as the internal Blu-Ray drive connectivity on the PS3 (HDMI v1.3), you might as well buy a standalone HD-DVD player rather than the add-on for the 360...
Sony did it right with the PS3, you Xbots can say what you want, but the PS3 hardware is solid. It has the best DVD upscalling and awesome bluray playback...it will do 24p out the box. It has HDMI 1.3. It is the best bluray drive available right now...and it is fully updatible with firmware updates. It will be able to do Bluray Profile 2.0.. There is not enough space after next spring for PS3 games to be on an old outdated DVD...MGS4, Killzone 2, Final Fantasy 13...can not be done on a DVD-9... Also bluray is still out saling HD-DVD 2-1 in north america, and way better than that in all other parts of the world. Also microsoft has still not fixed their XBOX 360 hardware problems....
LOL, I thought SONY said HD-DVD was DEAD ?!? Has anyone considered if BluRay somehow LOSES to HD-DVD it's going to BRICK the PS3 ??? I mean, obviously lots of ppl only get the PS3 as a cheap 4X BluRay player, just look at the PS3's attach rate... I only know 1 guy who has a PS3 & he uses it for MOVIES. He plays all his multiplats & games on his Xbox 360. HS & Resistance are the only 2 SONY games he owns...
Bluray won't lose to HD-DVD it's outselling it 2:1 in DVD sales. At least the PS3 comes with a high definition drive so you CAN play movies on it, which is not a bad thing since 360 owners have to spend almost $200 for a sub par HD-DVD add on drive just to have that ability. And you STILL lose out on lossless audio and HDMI 1.3a. Talk about getting ripped off.
makroyale, the rip off is getting the ps3 with only a composite cable and few games and for blu ray, we needed an update (HD DVD) not a new technology
I think what you said is the reason people hope #2.1 is right and thats why so many agreed with him.