HD-DVD for Xbox 360 sighted
Microsoft promised on Monday that their external HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360 would be among the cheapest players on the market, demonstrating the peripheral at a DVD Forum in Los Angeles. "All the audio and video processing is done inside the Xbox," Microsoft's Kevin Collins revealed, explaining how Microsoft can offer the hardware at such a low price.
CNet, who attended the forum, revealed that the unit would be about the same size as a hardback book, though no official pricing was announced during the demonstration. The Xbox 360 only uses a standard DVD drive internally, so it seems unlikely that the drive will be used for anything other than films, nonetheless, Microsoft will be hoping they can steal some limelight away from the Blu-ray equipped PS3 system - which launches in November. For their part, Microsoft have in the past promised that the HD-DVD extra - out prior to Christmas - will still be cheaper than a PS3 when bundled with the Xbox 360 console.
With regard to the integration of the HD-DVD player into the Xbox 360 dashboard, Microsoft's John Porcaro revealed in a blog that the up and down arrows will be used to navigate between drives while the 'Open tray' option is highlighted. More on all this as we get it.