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