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Can the Xbox 360 play HD-DVDs?

eltigre |  Jan. 26, 2012 at 13:14

Little place near us had a clearance sale, got maybe 25 or so for a tenner!

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Late  Jan. 26, 2012 at 15:36

The 360 can't play them on it's own. There's an "HD-DVD drive" peripheral for the 360 that will play them, and if you can find one for sale anywhere it'll likely be less than a tenner - but the key part there is "if you can find one for sale anywhere..."
I think most retailers cleared their last few out for about a fiver a year or two back.
Ebay might be your best bet.

You might be better off getting a standalone hd-dvd player, mind... It'd probably run quieter, use less electricity, and still be dirt cheap since it's considered dead tech (though I'd imagine a standalone player will take up more shelf-space than a peripheral for a console that's already there).
Again, ebay might be your best bet. You're unlikely to find a new one on the high street and would likely struggle to find one online...

gunnx  Jan. 26, 2012 at 16:05

It was perhaps a mistake to not include an HDDVD drive in the xbox360, even if the movie format failed its still a perfectly good format for games and would have stopped the multi-disc issue

Late  Jan. 26, 2012 at 16:23

Aye, it would've helped the format during the "format wars" (probably still would've lost, despite most people recognising it as the better tech, though) and it would've helped to avoid multi-disk games - but it would also have meant the console being a bit more expensive. MS wanted to keep the bare bones machine as cheap as possible (ie "core/arcade" versions) with people adding other stuff as and when needed. Was a good plan - I'm one of the millions who went with 360 instead of ps3 purely because it was cheaper up front, even though we knew there were more costs down the line...

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