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IFA 2006 :: Xbox 360 HD DVD drive on show with Toshiba

by Nick Haywood on 7 September 2006, 13:35

Tags: Xbox 360, Toshiba (TYO:6502), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360

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Ok, so the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive is something we’ve known about for a while and speculation is rife about whether an HD DVD drive will eventually replace the Xbox 360’s standard internal DVD drive.

The thing is, if Microsoft does upgrade the Xbox 360 to include an HD DVD drive, those of us with a standard Xbox 360 are going to be left out in the cold. Hence the need for an external HD DVD drive.

Now, normally, the partners who supply components for the Xbox 360 keep a fairly low profile but it seems that Toshiba is happy (and has been given permission) to let everyone know that it's making this add-on for the Xbox 360, which is why it was proudly displaying the drive on its own stand.


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The Xbox 360 HD DVD external drive is roughly the same size as four stacked DVD boxes or one Nintendo Wii console. The outer casing is styled by Microsoft to match the Xbox 360 - what Toshiba does is supply the HD DVD drive inside.


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Round the back there's a separate DC input for an external power supply, plus three USB ports - two standard size, one mini. The drive connects to an Xbox 360 using one of those ports but, right now, though, we don’t know which one.

We'd guess that since the Xbox 360 doesn't have any mini ports, it will be a standard port that's used - leaving the mini and one standard port free. But whether that means you'll be able to connect a digital stills camera to the Xbox via the drive, we simply don't know.

Be sure, though, that once we have more details we'll let you know.[advert]

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i recon the thing has a usb hub in - you connect the mini to the xbox and then 2 spare ports. i've not seen anyone use a male-male usb cable..
Are there any rumours on pricing?
What I've been struggling with is whether to replace my aging PS2 with a PS3 and just go BluRay, but more and more I'm realizing that I probably won't be getting a PS3 after all, at least not for a few years. I also really like the way they're releasing the HD-DVD and DVD disks that can be played in either type player. We prefer to watch movies on the big screen in the living room but sometimes it's nice to be able to watch the same movies in bed late at night (no HD in there just yet). With BluRay that's not an option, but with HD-DVD it is. I'm REALLY happy with the 360 DVD player and interface, and it looks like this will just plug in and use that same interface, so that's great.

When they do put this inside the 360 box, I'll be moving my current one to the bedroom and buying the new one with the integrated drive. I'd even be willing to pay $499 for it (you listening MS?)
MS have made it clear that they have no plans to put a HD-DVD drive in the console itself, but time will tell ! :)