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    Default XBOX 360 - HD DVD external drive

    So, Gates just announced today that MSFT will sell HD-DVD external drive as an add-on to 360. I guess I am glad I wasn't waiting for an XBOX 360 with internal HD-DVD player, after all.

    http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/9995/B...-for-Xbox-360/
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    Meh, it's all about Blu-ray. :D

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    Woohoo more external devices. Lame.

    Thats okay, anyone who uses their video game console as their DVD player is not a true HT enthusiast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs
    Woohoo more external devices. Lame.

    Thats okay, anyone who uses their video game console as their DVD player is not a true HT enthusiast.
    Not everyone can afford a HT system, so a gaming console is an alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datalogik
    Not everyone can afford a HT system, so a gaming console is an alternative.
    ? Have you SEEN what the 360's cost?
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    Good point, Bob! MSFT is on track to ship 4.5 Millions of 360 unit by June '06. Now that they missed the sale projection of the games by a wide margin, I am sure those who haven't bought theirs will take their time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235
    ? Have you SEEN what the 360's cost?
    Yup, $299 core - $399 premium. [E-bay price gouging prices don't count] As opposed to thousands of dollars on a HT system.

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    if this is the case, i don't even want an xbox. i was hoping they'd upgrade future 360's to ship with the new internal drive. external means more money out of pocket. eff BILL GATES........did i just say that? ;)

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    I agree. Sounds like a marketing scheme to me. Come out with a brand new platform but without HD-DVD? Then make everyone pay (which Im sure will be a hefty fee) for a separate add-on? If I bought the 360 Id be pissed.
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    I wouldn't have minded using the 360 as a HDdvd player but after I compared the 480p dvd player to my Panasonic...the 360 picture looked markedly inferior

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    You guys do realize that probally 80% of the people buying this console dont even know what HD DVD is... much less Blu Ray...

    Heck they probally dont even know what SACD or DVDA is... much less HDCD -

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    Well I bet the blu-ray player in the PS3 with proper blu-ray content will still blow away any 480p player out there. If the console comes in at less than a $1000 then it should be a cheap way for early adopters to get into blu-ray since the first stand alone blu-rays will be more expensive.

    Or we could just wait like two years, and the quality players will drop in price for us mere mortals...

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    Almost forgot, the PS3 is supposed to be 1080p. The xbox360 only does 720p. So unless they upgrade the box too, it will always have a slightly inferior HD picture on the new 1080p TVs especially since the new DVD HD formats are 1080p...

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    ain't no po folk gonna be able to afford a $1000 gaming console. bad pricing strategy. $500 or less or fuggetabouddit.

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    At under $500 it will be worth it just to get the blu-ray player. The hardware makers always sell the consoles for less than it takes to produce them. Their loss is our gain if it happens...

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    Lets bet that Blu Ray and HD DVD dont even last.

    *cough* SACD AND DVDA *cough*

    It wont be any different... ;)

    It'll have bad marketing, no one caring, no one knowing and another failed format...
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    Well something's gotta feed all these HDTVs people bought last Christmas...480i looks terrible on them, 480p is passable, but people can't live off broadcast HD forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar
    Well something's gotta feed all these HDTVs people bought last Christmas...480i looks terrible on them, 480p is passable, but people can't live off broadcast HD forever.
    agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar
    Almost forgot, the PS3 is supposed to be 1080p. The xbox360 only does 720p. So unless they upgrade the box too, it will always have a slightly inferior HD picture on the new 1080p TVs especially since the new DVD HD formats are 1080p...
    Lest we forget that Sony did not, even once, mention the PS3 during CES. Bad sign? I would tend to think so. All they talked about was the PSP and the wonderful tricks it can and will do. Sounds like they are having massive problems with their cell processor. A mock up showing 1080p and a real live box are two totally different things. And I really hope that the PS3 will not be in the 1000 price range. It will either kill the system or set a terrible precedent.
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    PS3 will be $500 at the upper upper end. And they don't mention at CES because gamers don't care about CES, they care about E3 which is only a few months away.... they pump up the PSP at CES because of ridiculous UMD sales and DS competition.

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