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Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive

Released on 01 December 2006

4.0 out of 5 (57 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player offers stunning video and immersive surround-sound audio, with six times higher resolution than DVD (up to1080p) through a component or VGA connection.

Innovative interactive content capabilities enable picture-in-picture commentary, scene selection and menu access - all while the movie is playing. Users can enjoy blockbuster HD-DVD releases, with more than 150 titles available by the end of 2006 from major movie studios including HBO, Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Only HD-DVD offers a "combo" disc: a DVD on one side allows playback on all existing DVD players, in your home or car; the other side is compatible with the HD-DVD Player.

The player works seamlessly with your Xbox 360 system, using the system's processing power and audio connections to deliver the highest possible video and sound quality. Setup is easy: just plug the HD-DVD Player into the USB port on your Xbox 360 console and jump in!

customer Reviews

 Average rating (57 reviews)

 Excellent Device, an HD must have

| | See all acehembling's reviews (7)

had a 42" hd TV for a while now with nothing but 360 games to show off its capabilities. thought it was about time to check out HD movies, did my research and decided this little add-on was the best value for money I could get (the 5 free discs pay for the drive) if my TV could talk it would thank me I'm sure. the colours,depth and clarity are all as amazing as the blurbs on the back of the discs say. Transformers was a delight to watch and almost overwhelming with the 5.1 system pounding too. for a comparrison I immediatley watched the transformers normal dvd afterwards and was left totaly underhwelmed and in awe of what HD really means. the only problem at the moment is the pesky bluray competition and lack of titles but if you buy this drive its one step to knocking bluray out of the water (bluray is sony's HD format with a somewhat confusing name at least HD DVD has 'DVD' in the title). I am looking forward to all new HD releases and re-releases (Forest gump is a film I would really love to see in HD)

If you have an HD TV and an Xbox-360 then you must buy this immediatley!

 Great Value - Plays Region 1 HDDVD & all UK - Fantastic

| | See all niftyuk's reviews (184)

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Not knowing whether or not it played HDDVD's from Region 1 - (the USA), I decided to take a gamble and order '300' on HDDVD from playusa - the us version of this website... My details were already registered. In the US, HDDVD has titles such as the Matrix Triology and TV show Heroes to name a few exlusives against Blu-Ray.

'300' played straight away, it updated via Xbox live, which the player has done often... This is great news for me, as I will now, without doubt order many HDDVD's tha aren't available more cheaply on playusa.com!! To answer someone elses question it has played any HDDVD disk I have put in... I guess so long as your on Xbox live you will always get player updates. Due to it being a multi-region HDDVD player it gets an extra star, and for just over £100 amazing value for a next gen player.... Even though it is not a truly, fully, next gen HDDVD player.

So, my actual review of the product... Have an Xbox 360, love movies, then this is a very tempting buy. Just £110, including the multimedia remote which sold seperatly costs £20. Just £130 to start enjoying HD movies. And if your on Xbox live, the recent firmware update has removed almost all the motion judder the player had. Making the picture fantastic

The problem is though, without an HDMI interface, the maximum resolution I can got from my player is 1080i. Even though I have a full HD 1080p TV - It just won't accept these over VGA or component.

Great the picture is, but not the next gen 1080p that HDDVD's offer. Microsoft say you can get 1080p, I couldn't via VGA or component... So if its what you want, then check if your TV's PC input can display 1980 by 1080 lines, and your component input can accept 1080p.

Waiting to get an X360 -the new Elite includes and HDMI output which if you have yet to buy will resolve the problem.

Again, without the HDMI interface, the player is not capable at present to output uncompressed PCM audio, the Dolby True HD, DTS Master Audio and Dolby Digital plus (which are the next gen sound formats), but at time of writing their are no amplifiers that can take this signal anyway. The X360 can also not output DTS surround sound so you are limited to Dolby Digital.

That said, the HDDVD's show the big leap forward in picture definition over standard DVD's. The likes of Batman Begins, King Kong and Swordfish all show great colours and detail over the standard DVD's I owned.

A recent Xbox live firmware update has removed the big problem of motion judder. Now there is very little motion judder in slow moving scenes.

Again though, at time of writing Blu-Ray has more titles available and more than 70 releases planned to HDDVD's current 20. Which is a little worrying althought it is early in the format war. There is 70 HDDVD titles and 200 Blu-rays.

Even though not truly next Gen HDDVD player, it is still fantastic value, and over the Xbox's Component connection (I bought the superior Monster Component Cable) the images are excellent, great blacks, little pixelation, sharp edges and Dolby Digital surround sound is great.

Well done Microsoft for this add on. Gives us gamers the option of paying extra for the HDDVD drive if we are movie lovers too. And gamers who aren't intrested the chance to stick with just their games machine and save the £130

 A Must Have!

| | See all pinksbuns's reviews (34)

If you have already taken the plunge and got yourself an HDTV to play your Xbox360 on, then there should be nothing stopping you from buying this!
When you watch your first HD movie you'll be blown away, and the upscaling of ordinary standard dvds is excellent as well.
As a bonus your getting 5 free HD movies, which themselves would normally cost you about £70, I waited about 3 weeks for them to arrive but well worth it.
What are you waiting for, get one now!

 Very impressed

| | See all Welshbloke's reviews (1)

If you already have a 360 in your living room then this is a superb Christmas present. If I only ever watch Transformers on this puppy it will have been worth the money alone.

Also worth mentioning is that this can also be used as a USB connect HD DVD drive for your PC just google up the drivers and you are good to go.

 Top quality!

| | See all motleymike07's reviews (9)

I bought this during the 'free 5 HD DVDs offer' last year and I think this is brilliant! I cannot say a bad word about this peice of hardware (altho the noise from the xbox 360 can become tedious, but like a reviewer before me said - just turn up the sound on the tv and enjoy the experience of quality viewing and sound at it's very best!).

Even though Blu-Ray has won the format wars I still recommend HD players over the Blu-Ray ones, plus this does now offer the opportunity for bargain deals on already released HD titles. (Play.com themselves are selling selected HD titles for a little as £7.99 right now!)

The picture and sound are clearer than anything I've seen. This is a bargain and I totally recommend it!

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