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Microsoft - HD DVD Player for Xbox 360

Model: 9Z5-00013SKU: 8132095

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 120 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Drive works great, minor issues with Xbox 360 dash

    Posted
    terpfan1980

    The current drive bundle (soon to be expiring) with a free copy of the excellent film 300 packaged with the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive seems to have helped Best Buy move a lot of inventory. It's no wonder that happened, since 300 is a great movie and comes across very nicely on HD-DVD. Considering the current release of 300 is combo format and runs $5.00 more than does the less feature packed Blu-ray version of the movie, getting 300 for free is an excellent bonus. $34.99 worth of disc for free, what is not to like? By the time you read this review though, that bundle may be gone and time may be running on out on getting the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 while there is also a mail-in offer to get 5 free HD-DVD movies with purchase (of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on). The free movie selections you can pick from currently are a mixed bag, but 5 movies for free with average prices of $20 per really make the HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360 a bargain. Well, a bargain if you already have the Xbox 360 :-) There are a few nits to pick with the Microsoft HD DVD player for Xbox 360 though. First, the Microsoft Media Remote control offers an Open/Close button on the remote control but stupidly that button doesn't open the drive tray on the HD DVD player. It should offer the ability to open either the primary drive tray or the HD DVD player tray and may do so in the future, but doesn't right now. On the other hand, the remote control is a Universal remote control and does control the volume, mute function and other functions on most TVs. Nice bonus compared to the Blu-ray remote control for the PS3 which only works with the PS3 (since it is Bluetooth only). The remote control also works well for controlling Media Center options on an Xbox 360 if you have a Media Center PC in your home. The Microsoft HD DVD Player continues (at the time of this writing) to come with a free copy of Peter Jackson's King Kong. Not a bad movie, but not a great movie either. Again though, you are receiving a free movie with the player, along with the remote control and the player. Bought separately all of these items would probably cost nearly about $250. Factor in the 5 free movies (limited time offer) on top of all of that, and you are looking at about $350 worth of merchandise for just under $180. Not a bad deal at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Supports HDMI with HDMI-equipped Xbox 360

    Posted
    KNIGHTWING

    I would like to clear some confusion about the visual output, and audio output capacity of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD. Yes, it does support 720p, 1080i, and YES 1080P! However, there are some catches to this output in the way you connect it. Senario 1 - Xbox 360 withOUT HDMI output port. The HD-DVD player CAN support 1080P thru component cables, but ONLY if your HDTV can ACCEPT 1080P thru its own component INPUT. So if your HDTV can not accept 1080P thru component, you will be stuck with 1080i with this player. Senario 2 - Xbox 360 WITH HDMI output port. The HD-DVD player CAN support 1080P thru the HDMI, HOWEVER, the player is not CURRENTLY configured to run the newer AUDIO BITSTREAMS that make up the Newer Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. This may be update-able by Xbox Live, as Microsoft uses Xbox Live to update most all hardware devices configured to the 360, but this may not even be possible, only time (and Microsoft) can tell. It is worth noting that currently you will only be able to take advantage of the highest audio that outputs thru the Digital Optical cable. NOTE: This wont matter if you dont have a Audio Tuner capable of these newer HDMI carried Bitstreams. IF your tuner does not say Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master, you were incapable of recieving that sound to begin with, ie. no worries. Conclusion: This player is not the perfect HD-DVD solution for pure enthusiasts that want the absolute HIGHEST picture, with the HIGHEST audio, but that may change thru Xbox Live updates. However, it is THE PERFECT solution for a current Xbox 360 owner with an HDTV that wants to take advantage of what HD-DVD has to offer. The common consumer wont have the latest tuner that supports the newer bitsreams anyway. What this player misses thru features, it makes up for on price! Get in on HD-DVD now and JUMP IN!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome player at a VERY nice price.

    Posted
    Stormborn

    I already owned the Xbox Elite with the HDMI connection in case I wanted to buy a HDTV in the future....well, I purchased the 40" Samsung 1080p HD TV and bought this player along with a Sony Blu-Ray player. First of all, already owning a XBOX 360, this is a VERY reasonable price if you want high def. DVD without going broke. It is only $180, is currently packaged with King Kong and has a rebate for 5 free HD-DVDs. The player will basically be all but free after you get those DVDs. EXCELLENT price for what you get. It has great up-converting for standard DVDs, comes with a remote control and also has the adaptor to attach component or digital audio to go to your home theater receiver. It adds an xtra USB connection to your Xbox as well so you get a total of 2 now. If you own an Xbox or plan on buying one and want high def DVDs, this is the best option on the market....it also plays HD-DVDs as well as the best HD players out there. The problems some people list with not playing certain movies and such are constantly being addressed via firmware updates and as this is attached to the "online always" Xbox, the firmware updates are very easy and painless as the Xbox installs it for you. If you are deciding Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD, this is the way I would go. It is already using the advanced features Blu-Ray has failed to start using such as the interactive in-movie menus and picture-in-picture advanced options. It has NO lag while playing movies and starting them versus the 3 minute wait I had while loading Pirates of the Carribean on my Blu-ray player. I had to return my Sony Blu-Ray player already for the PS3 which was cheaper and had a better quality blu-ray player than any set-top box. The PS3 also has a slight loading time on Blu-Ray discs vs. the almost instant play of this machine. BUY THIS PLAYER!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best HD-DVD Player So Far!

    Posted
    HandsOfDeceit

    The title says it all! This is truly the best and most affordable way to get into next-gen DVD's! I bought this machine simply cause of the price, the urge to get into the next-gen DVD format, and for a pretty decent collection of movies. So far I have Shooter and King Kong and both look OUTSTANDING on my HDTV on 720p. I ordered 300 and GoodFellas to also add to my collection since those are two of my favorite movies! Yes I know that 1080p is the way to go, but 720p still looks phenominal, especially being compared to regular ol' DVDs. Also the menus are quite nice, in that you can access the main menu anytime when watching the movie!! Some HD-DVD movies also have an ability to view special features, such as: picture-in-picture while watching the movie!! 300 is supposed to have some of the best special features on an HD-DVD!! Overall, if you own an HDTV whether it's 720p or 1080p, BUY THIS NOW!!!! It is seriously the most affordable way to enjoy your favorite movies in HD. And if (and most likely) Blu-Ray wins the format war, don't fret! At least you didn't spend $500 - $1000 dollars when HD-DVD players first came out. So what do you got to lose? Buy this machine now!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A steal for an HD-DVD drive

    Posted
    CodeZer0

    Yes, BluRay may have officially won, and yes, Toshiba may be discontinuing the HD-DVD format. But you know what? Who cares. If you're like me, all the movies you'd care about seeing in High Definition are still only on HD-DVD, or the better versions (like 300) are on HD-DVD and not BluRay. If you've an Xbox 360, you're pretty much good to go. Plug it in, and it shows up right away. Pop in a movie, and you're watching high definition at a great price. At most, you may just need to go on XBL to download an update for the 360's player software. Also, yes, this drive will be recognized in a Windows XP (at least that's what I've tested on) PC and a Mac; only issue is that there are no HD-DVD-aware software available on the Mac, but there's a good bit of player software on the Windows side (and no need for Vista 64 either!). The most I've had to do was search for an updated UDF driver in order to address full functionality of the drive. So it will come in handy later on when HD-DVD movies are no longer being produced or in stock, and thus should have no problem using this to then bring them to Blu. And with HD-DVD movies now selling for ridiculously marked down prices, this drive is quite the enabler for allowing you to enjoy some great values in high definition movies. About the only thing I'm just mad about is that I don't have a burner to be able to make my own high definition content to enjoy on this brilliant little device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Add On

    Posted
    Throwdown918

    If you are an owner of a Xbox 360 this is the perfect add on to your system to start your HD DVD collection. The player itself comes with King Kong and they have a 5 free rebate movies, on the Xbox.com website that you can get. So you are practically getting the price of the machine in free movies. The player is an add on so it attaches through a USB port on your Xbox. However it has two USB ports itself. It runs very quietly even while running a disk. The one thing I have noticed is, log into your Xbox Live account when you are going to use it, and it will tell you if there are any updates available. It updates very easily and it is also very easy to install out of the box. I was watching the free DVD in a few minutes. The load times are fairly quick as well, less than a minute. As I stated it is an Add On so be aware that you have to have an Xbox 360 and it runs through your Xbox 360, so if you buy this you will have to always have an Xbox 360 for the machine to work. However this is at this point the most inexpensive entry into the high definition DVD format right now. So overall this is a great purchase if you own an Xbox 360 and are looking to upgrade to a higher definition format. No problems at all a great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great For the Money

    Posted
    Drumguy999

    I bought this product over the weekend after a long debate, and i must say I'm quite impressed. However I'm going to return it sometime this week and get a stand alone toshiba unit. let me explain however. After buying it, i tested it out on a friends 56" samsung TV through his xbox elite. the picture and sound are amazing!! We were floored by how great the picture was. quality was no different in either 1080p or 1080i. however, he was using the HDMI cable, and I only have the standard xbox, so we switched to the component cables. The video was then much less amazing. The components lost a lot of color and brightness that the HDMI did not. So now that i know what it is capable of, I think i will upgrade to the standalone player rather than upgrading the xbox, as the HDMI makes a very, very noticeable difference. Dont get me wrong though, the picture looks great in 1080i on my 50" samsung, it's certainly nothing to complain about. But after seeing it through the HDMI, i feel like i have to upgrade. So for anyone wanting a budget player, this unit is very nice, and will look even more stunning if you have an xbox with HDMI output. The only other reason i wish to buy the toshiba, is for the upconvert feature. Standard DVDs look nice on the xbox, however this is a feature i would like to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy If It Fits

    Posted
    Gnata

    I had been viewing standard DVDs on a good upconverting DVD player for some time and didn't think a native HD optical format could significantly outperform the beautiful picture quality I was seeing. This drive showed me how wrong I was. Native HD is head-and-shoulders above an upconverted signal and this unit plays it VERY well. It integrates seamlessly with the Xbox 360 and is very easy to set up and use. It should be noted, however, that you get what you pay for and this is a bargain priced unit. Not that the quality is bad, but the feature set is limited. First (and hopefully obviously), you have to have an Xbox 360 or a compatible PC to connect it to and it must go in the same location as what it connects to. Second, because it must be tethered to the Xbox 360 its not very portable (not that most people ever actually move their components but its worth mentioning) and you have to deal with the noise generated by the 360 running while you watch a movie. Finally, it does not support new audio formats so audiophiles will want to look elsewhere. Performance is rock solid and it works well with the Xbox 360 but its a bargain unit and stand-alone units are rapidly approaching this same price point. If saving a few bucks is important to you and you've got a 360, this is a good unit for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    disappointing

    Posted
    gatormike

    I bought this item yesterday and will be returning it today. I got home last night and eagerly connected it to my new Samsung 1080p DLP. Set up was a breeze and it only took the HD version of King Kong (included with the player) 10-15 seconds to load. I was also impressed with how quiet the player is (especially compared to the Xbox itself which, thankfully, does not run while you are using the DVD). When the movie began I was, quite frankly, underwhelmed. The picture was marginally (at best) better than I get from my upconverting DVD. I believe the problem is that since I have an older XBox 360 it connects via component (not HDMI) meaning I am not getting true HD (1080p vs. the 1080i I get from the component connection). In theory I could go purchase a VGA connector (for another $50 or so) but that would bump the final price up to almost $240 and considering that the fact that Blockbuster only rents Blu-Ray movies -- meaning I have no source for HD DVD flicks -- I have decided to wait for a few more months and see what happens. The bottom line is that the picture I get from my Panasonic upconverting player is spectacular and without VGA or HDMI this player is simply not a meaningful improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Current XBOX360 owner Must Buy

    Posted
    teg8612

    If you already own a XBOX 360, this is a good buy and cheap-ish way to get into the HD DVD era. If you don't already own an XBOX (why are you even looking at this) it becomes too cost prohibitive ($458.99 when you add at least the new Arcade bundle to the cost of the drive. $529.99 with the PRO model) and there are better players for less money. The add-on drive doesn't fit well with any A/V set-up and the remote is below average. It currently doesn't support the new HD audio formats, TrueHD and DTS-HD, but could in the future with a firmware patch from Microsoft though no current plans have been anounced to do so. Video Quality and player speed are up to par with other players on the market. My recomendation is to wait for the next (3rd) generation of players or if Microsoft patches the drive for TrueHD audio output but if you must have a good HD DVD player now and own an XBOX 360, you can't go wrong with this one. Current freebies include King Kong HD (in box), Heros and 5 HD DVD's via mail-in rebate make this an almost "too good to pass-up" deal right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well, Microsoft you have done something right!

    Posted
    Sigil

    This is a great HD player; it delivers a high quality HD picture. This little powerhouse even does 1080p! That's how I like my movies! Yes, the downside is that it takes up space, but you can stack it on the Xbox 360. I think people don't understand why Microsoft made this a stand alone. There are reasons both for MS and the consumer. The obvious is the pricing of the XBox 360; it would have been a lot more expensive. The possible losing of the format war. We would have paid for a useless feature on the Xbox 360. This is kind of related, but it's obvious the future of purchasing video is via download. So, some may decide to go this option now. You can download HD and ED video and stream ED video with the Xbox 360, so why buy a disk? Basically, this gives you a choice! Xbox live is a great interface to preview and purchase media. I use it and iTunes they both have their pluses and minuses. Video obtained via Xbox live is of a better quality and you can re-download what you have purchased. I digress. In the end, I bought this, because I chose to. It does what it is supposed to do

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great HD quality if your 360 has HDMI output

    Posted
    vespa55
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    I have to admit, this is quite the bargain for a 1080p output HD DVD player. It even loads faster than my Toshiba HD-A20. Still, I have to say that if you're looking for fantastic High Def quality that you stick with an HD devoted player. Don't get me wrong, playing HD-DVDs on this puppy is fantastic. I got it because I wasn't about to shell out another $300+ for another HD-DVD player for another HD TV located elsewhere in the house. It's unfair to judge the performance of this 360 HD DVD external drive because it all depends on what kind of performance your TV is giving out, whether you're connected via HDMI cables or basic red, white and yellow cables or if you're watching on a standard TV or not. On my 1080p 42" Vizio HD-LCD - it plays quite well. Just keep in mind that unless you're 360 is connected via HDMI cables - you are not watching true high def format. For the price you pay for this external drive to accompany your 360 - you can't go wrong!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition

    Posted
    tonym89

    Purchased this in light of knowing that HD-DVD was going to lose out, but hey... Blu-Ray - HD-DVD...doesnt matter, neither one looks better than the other..it was all about capacity and open source. Drive works flawlessly, produces a beautiful picture at 1080P. Designed to allow Microsoft WiFi adapter to plug into it, and gives an additional USB port to use. Picked it up to take advantage of $9 to $12 HD-DVD's to start my HD collection, and due to the fact that its an external drive, if an when Microsoft releases a Blu-Ray addon, it will sit nicely next to this one and I can continue my HD collection with Blu-Ray discs... its a win win situation. Consider the cost of $120 an now possibly $50!!...of which I will buy another just to have as a spare for future proofing that my HD Discs will have hardware to play on in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Player Better Price

    Posted
    DarkRedMonster

    With the new price point and the 5 free movies you cannot really go wrong with this player. Even if BluRay wins the format war, you will still have the movies you now own and be able to watch them. I am one who remembers beta max and vhs, I choose VHS, so im hoping I got it right again here, we will have to see, some movies are on both formats, and there is even a dual format disc in the works to carry both types of movies, i for one think the price point alone will help hd dvd win out, I guess we will see, Either way this is the best deal out there for a hd dvd player. The player runs great, and the picture is amazing! I have had no issues playing both regular dvd's or HD DVD's. It comes with a universal remote as well! Great deal, great product buy one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    INCOMPLETE

    Posted
    HTowner

    I was excited with my puchase of this little add-on machine. I was looking to add HD DVD into my HT sytem's capabilites. I bought this, brought it home, and purchased Batman Begins and Hot Fuzz on HD DVD to break in my new toy. I watched Batman Begins and it looked and sounded great. I had a ball with the special features and enjoyed the experience. Then I put in Hot Fuzz, and I was getting a disc read error. I do some extra research, the X-box 360 Add-on cannot read certain HD DVD's like Hot Fuzz or Planet Earth (the #2 HD DVD seller). I immediately returned the player, but now I am stuck with two hd dvd's that I can't return because they are open. This player is an incomplete add-on that does not do everything it says it can do. The inability of this HD DVD player to play HD DVD's is reason enough for me to be 100% skeptical about this format's ability to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Worth It

    Posted
    Jrod

    I was very cautious we looking to upgrade to a next-gen player not wanting to buy a dead technology and all so i bought this since it was the most economical way to get my hands on a next-gen player. When I watched my first movie on it I was totally blown away. I have my 360 set up with the VGA Cable and needless to say the quality of the player is great but the sound is just as exceptional. It is a fully functional HD-DVD player with the ability to go online and viewing special features while in the movie. Also this player will last a long time considering it is using the video processor of the 360; which I believe is much better than and video processor in current HD-DVD players. If you own an Xbox 360 and an HDTV there is no reason to invest in this. It is nothing compared to the price of the 360 or the TV. This is well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you've already got the XBox....

    Posted
    swiowaguy

    I recently traveled to San Francisco for a buddy's birthday and wanted to buy a him an HD DVD player as a gift. Price wasn't an issue but he didn't know I was buying it as we looked at them in the store. The Best Buy stores in the S.F. Bay area were sold out of some of the models and he was undecided. One of the store associates recommended we check out the XBox add-on as a more economical alternative. We did have to go to another store in Marin to find one in stock, but the store associate there did a great job of selling the player to us. Only when we got to the check-out did I reveal that I was paying for it. Surprise! He gets a free HD player and I get Reward Zone points. It's a win-win situation. This thing is great and HD has forever changed both of our viewing preferences. If you've got the XBox, don't pass this up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good product for an HD DVD Player

    Posted
    ynkeefn

    I bought this a few weeks ago, deciding to weigh my options between this and the Blu-ray players out right now. I bought the Batman Begins HD DVD, and I clearly see what all the fuss is about with people supporting the HD DVD formats. This player is great; it has a great price point (I probably wouldn't pay over 200 for it-glad that Microsoft lowered the price) and you get five free HD DVD's...what more can you ask for with the price. It is also very easy to set up on your 360, and plays even the regular DVD's with a lot better clarity than standard DVD players. I had a PS3 already, and was for the Blu-ray at the beginning (guess because it was a new experience), but I got rid of my PS3 for the fact that it simply is terrible...now, I don't have a reason to go back to the PS3..with this add-on, I am all set!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PERFECT

    Posted
    irishmike

    ABOUT A YEAR AGO I HAD AN XBOX 360 WITH THE HD DVD DRIVE AND IT WAS AWSOME. AND THEN I DECIDED I WANTED A PS3 WITH BLUE RAY AND THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED A BLUE RAY DISC I NOTICED THAT IT DIDN'T LOOK AS GOOD AND THE HD DVD DID SO I WENT INTO THE PS3 SETTINGS TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS WRONG. BUT TO MY SUPRISE EVERYTHING WAS SET PERFECTLY. I KEPT THE PS3 FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS AND THEN I TOLD MY WIFE THIS PS3 STINKS. SO I SOLD THE PS3 AND BOUGHT ANOTHER 360. AND ABOUT A MONTH LATER I WENT TO BEST BUY AND BOUGHT THE HD DVD DRIVE WITH THE FREE SEASON OF HEROS WHICH IS AN AWSOME DEAL AND I ALSO SENT OFF FOR 5 FREE HD DVD MOVIES. I BACILLY PAID 179.95 FOR 677.45 DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHENDISE. THAT IS AN AWSOME DEAL! ANWYWAY THE HD DVD IS AWSOME IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING BLUE RAY OR THE PS3 DONT DO IT. TRUST ME.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best HD DVD Player!

    Posted
    ElJefe

    Current setup: Xbox 360 HDMI, Sony LCD 720p/1080i, Onkyo 7.1 Receiver PROS: -Fastest start up of all HD-DVD Players (Under 10 sec.) -Great image quality about the same as the Toshiba A20 -Excellent sound -Comes with remote, King Kong and 5 HD-DVD's w/ mail in rebate -$100 cheaper than a standalone player. CONS: -You have to purchase the Microsoft Audio Adapter $50 which allows HDMI video to be routed to the HDTV with the audio routed SEPERATLY to your home speaker system otherwise audio will only come from the TV. The component cable that comes with the Xbox 360 covers the HDMI connection on the console. -I've also noticed that some High Def channels with COX Cable have a noticeably better image. Especially HBO HD. -More cable clutter...added a USB Cable and another AC Adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend