Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Price Drop + HD DVD Giveaway
If you're an Xbox 360 owner - HD DVD just got even cheaper. And if you buy in August, Microsoft will even throw in five HD DVDs that probably aren't on your must-have list.
For Xbox 360 owners, it's already the least expensive option for an HD DVD player. Back in December, I did a head-to-head comparison between the Xbox 360 add-on and Toshiba's HD-A1 dedicated HD DVD player. The results showed Xbox 360's HD DVD player is no slouch in the A/V department and at the time only cost $200. If you have an HDTV at 720P the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on stands up to a dedicated player at twice the price.
And now, starting August 1st, Microsoft will drop the price of its HD DVD player add-on to Xbox 360. You'll be able to pick it up for $179 and until September 1st Microsoft will include five HD DVDs with your purchase. You'll get your pick of five HD DVDs from a short list of 15 older movies on HD DVD. A quick look over the list reveals nothing particularly earth-shaking. It's pretty much a re-hash of the Toshiba's list when it ran a similar offer last winter.
If five HD DVD movies isn't enough to convince you to shun the outdoors this August, Microsoft's Xbox Live will slay you with 300. August 14th Frank Miller's impressionistic take on the ancient battle of
Format War is Alive
It's an obvious sign the next DVD format war is heating up. Many in the industry see the current generation of game consoles carrying the success of the next-gen optical disc on its back. Sony and its PS3 have firmly established itself in Blu-ray the Blu-ray camp. Blu-ray has been getting a lot of press lately for a flurry of new releases and the fact that it has greater studio support than HD DVD.
But HD DVD is not completely out of the running yet and ready to strike back. Microsoft is ready to take an even further loss on sales of its hardware to embed the HD DVD format in as many living rooms as possible.
But it seems like poor timing for Microsoft's budget considering the recent warranty extension Microsoft is offering Xbox 360 customers. In light of the unit's overheating issues Microsoft extended its Xbox 360 warranty to a full three years at great cost. If you're not afraid of the red circle of death, you can own an Xbox 360 and enjoy the most economical way to get HD DVD on your HDTV and enjoy some great movies.