Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Images Snapped
Sure, we've seen the pretty, "made up" pictures and read the early previews. Many of us are already aware that the Xbox 360's HD-DVD add-on will retail for $199 USD. But, like those fascinating (and often disgusting) photos of celebrities without make-up, we can't help but find ourselves drawn to underground images of new hardware. This morning, secretly snapped pictures of Microsoft's new peripheral are being leaked to the public, and so are some more details about the add-on and its release.
It was just last week that we reported on the Xbox 360's HD-DVD pricing. It's a controversial topic, considering the fact that it does remove the price advantage once wielded by Microsoft's console. If consumers are to buy the Xbox 360 with the HD-DVD, the price total would match that of the Sony Playstation 3, a system that has received much criticism for its high price tag. Still, Microsoft's console does give the consumer a basic choice on whether or not to spend the money for the upgrade - something Sony fans can't hope to be offered, as they're stuck with an expensive built-in Blu-Ray player.
Although the system made its public debut at the recent DigitalLife electronics show in
The HD-DVD pictured is the same one revealed at the DigitalLife show. It's a prototype put together by manufacturers Mitsumi and Hynix, both worldwide electronics manufacturers. For those unfamiliar with each brand, Mitsumi is a well-known maker of power supply components for tech goodies, including everything from PCs to car audio to flat panel displays (although, to my chagrin, their international website spells panels, "pannels"). Hynix is most known for its production of memory and semiconductors.
Retailer EB Games has the HD-DVD add-on listed for pre-release November 7th, meaning it won't be very long before you're watching giant apes flail wildly at bi-planes in high def (in between sessions of Oblivion, that is).