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360 HD-DVD drive £19.99 & HD-DVDs £1.99 when bought together with drive @ Gamestation

£19.99 @ GAME
This has been on here before, but I believe the previous deal was Drive+5 HD-DVDs for £34.99, so obviously this is better. 1) Cheaper than any stand-alone HD-DVD player. 2) Much cheaper than a Blu… Read More
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This has been on here before, but I believe the previous deal was Drive+5 HD-DVDs for £34.99, so obviously this is better.

1) Cheaper than any stand-alone HD-DVD player.
2) Much cheaper than a Blu-ray drive or player.
3) It's a fair price for an external usb dvd drive (though not usb powered) - useful for installing OS & software on netbooks etc.

Yes, yes, dead fomat blah blah.
If you've got a 360, then there is no reason not to also have an HD-DVD drive - as the back-catalogue of cheap HD-DVDs is quite large. Does it really matter that some of your discs are in blue boxes, and others red boxes?

You get a remote too.

Stock is limited, you'll probably have to ask if they have any behind the counter.
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#1
The drive itself is overpriced for a 'dead' format....

I bought mine well over 6 months ago for £6.99 new [from Xtravision here in NI]

You can use this with a PC. Trying to watch movies with Xbox360 is like having a hoover on in the backround.
#2
Faythur
The drive itself is overpriced for a 'dead' format....

I bought mine well over 6 months ago for £6.99 new [from Xtravision here in NI]

You can use this with a PC. Trying to watch movies with Xbox360 is like having a hoover on in the backround.


Your Xbox is Broken then
#3
Two thoughts

When I asked at my store about 1yr ago now when first saw similar offer on here, they told me that all these drives had been concentrated regionally into specific clearance stock stores, so another year on I doubt if you will find many of their branches with these, although that is expectation not fact.

If you intend to use this just as a mains powered external USB2 interfaced DVD-ROM drive then this is a good price isn't it ? The fact it can ALSO play HD-DVDs is a luxury that you can ignore if that doesn't appeal to you. I mention this as I use one of these as a DVD drive on my netbook very successfully indeed.

MKD
suspended#4
Good price, discs so cheap that it's well worth the small investment in a "dead" format!
#5
if i was to use this with my netbook as an external dvd drive i would have to plug it into a socket aswell? and i cant burn any discs
#6
jat_r
if i was to use this with my netbook as an external dvd drive i would have to plug it into a socket aswell? and i cant burn any discs


Yes, you wolud have to plug it into the mains as well as the usb on the netbook, and it is a reader only (you cannot burn any discs with it).
#7
jat_r
if i was to use this with my netbook as an external dvd drive i would have to plug it into a socket aswell? and i cant burn any discs
I used mine to install XP on my Aspire One :thumbsup:. Yes you need to plug it into the wall and no it won't burn discs.
1 Like #8
This is a good deal if you can find it - HD-DVDs are often cheaper than the equivalent regular DVD so the drive pays for itself over time. Have a look at DVDStreet for some cheap HD-DVDs.

It's also handy having an extra drive so you can switch between a game and a dvd without having to get up off your ****.
#9
Ok Before the "i'm voting cold its a deadformat" trolls start to appear...

1. As en external USB DVD Rom (thats mains powered) for less than £20 its excellent value
2. These are great to have if you have a netbook!!
3. If you have a decent PC you can use it via the USB connection to play HDDVD's, I do, on a 24" monitor, excellent! using Nero
4. The movies are so cheap, it would cost you more to hire one on DVD than to actually buy one. It would save you money and then at some point you could get a few pence back for them in the future adding to the savings.

Who cares its a dead format, I certainly don't ,no one winges about DVD's being dead?, they have certainly been made obsolete via Blu-ray, why do we still buy um?, COS THERE CHEAP, same as these HDDVD's posted by the OP.

gun
#10
Discs in Gamestation Cambridge are £1.99 each whether you buy a drive or not....in fact i don't think they have even had a drive in there for months.
#11
*XxGunnerxX*;5735447

Who cares its a dead format, I certainly don't ,no one winges about DVD's being dead?

DVD is not dead, thats why no one whinges about it. When a new movie comes out, it comes out on the formats that are not dead, this is why it still comes out on DVD.

I'm not going to vote on this either way because if you really want the drive and can find good use for it, then its a good deal. If on the other hand you don't want to be stuck with a drive with very litte use when all the HD disks have dried up, then its a very bad deal.
#12
This is old hat, Very few stores are doing this deal. Some have it for £25. This is a "Currys type deal". I have had this on my wishlist for four months now online at Gamestation.
#13
In my local store the discs are £1.99 irrespective of whether you buy a drive or not
#14
Was gonna sell mine on here in the next few days, as i bought a bd/hd dvd drive for my htpc. Ebay it is. voted hot btw
#15
When HD-DVD 'died' I bought another drive as a spare for £40 and no films, so this is hot from me if you can find one.
#16
Added heat,

As othere have said it a cheap price for an external usb DVD drive let alone a HD quality one.
It also comes with the xbox multimedia remote, which is costs £19.99 on its own in gamesation, so just think of it as a free HD-DVD drive with the Multimedia remote. ;-)
#17
Great drive, got one myself ages ago - albeit a used one from Blockbuster.

Hot for sure.
#18
Hell-fire, if you've got an 360 its a no brainer......... The remote is excellent for viewing media and there are cheap movies about plus all the other stuff with notebooks etc posted above..... Its not an either-or, just get this and Blue-Ray. Its £20 for #$@$% sake!!
#19
kidchop
Your Xbox is Broken then

funny that cos mine works fine yet sounds like a hoover,
guess you dont know as much as you think you do!
#20
Two in the window of Staines branch last week.
#21
yubious
funny that cos mine works fine yet sounds like a hoover,
guess you dont know as much as you think you do!


I think all he meant was that playing a dvd should be no louder than when the xbox is idling at dashboard. Mine is pretty quiet when playing DVDs but as you say like a hairdryer when playing games.
#22
quick question before i possibly try to buy one

i save my games on the hardrive, can i have 1 game in my xbox and 1 game in this hd dvd drive? and will it show both games on the dash?

also, how many usb ports does it have?
#23
maradona
quick question before i possibly try to buy one

i save my games on the hardrive, can i have 1 game in my xbox and 1 game in this hd dvd drive? and will it show both games on the dash?

also, how many usb ports does it have?

yes and two
#24
narcist
yes and two



wow, consider me sold. now i can have fight night 4 and cod waw in at the same time... dont have to switch up till halo osdt and forza 3 comes out :-D


on a side note, does anyone have a usb portable iomega drive and use it on the 360? mine doesnt seem to connect for some reason, this is the one i have:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6006.aspx
#25
narcist

maradona
quick question before i possibly try to buy one

i save my games on the hardrive, can i have 1 game in my xbox and 1 game in this hd dvd drive? and will it show both games on the dash?

also, how many usb ports does it have?

yes and two


no, and two. :thumbsup:

Games are not readable by this drive. But it will obviously let you have a DVD or HDDVD in the drive and a game disc in the machine and see both in the dashboard.
#26
tapi
no, and two. :thumbsup:

Games are not readable by this drive. But it will obviously let you have a DVD or HDDVD in the drive and a game disc in the machine and see both in the dashboard.


:cry:
#27
maradona
wow, consider me sold. now i can have fight night 4 and cod waw in at the same time... dont have to switch up till halo osdt and forza 3 comes out :-D


on a side note, does anyone have a usb portable iomega drive and use it on the 360? mine doesnt seem to connect for some reason, this is the one i have:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6006.aspx


I've got the 250GB version of this, so assume the format of hard drive will be the same, NTSF. For xbox to read it needs to be formatted FAT32.
#28
1982
I think all he meant was that playing a dvd should be no louder than when the xbox is idling at dashboard. Mine is pretty quiet when playing DVDs but as you say like a hairdryer when playing games.


you must have an older 360 with samsung/hitachi dvd drive,

the newer Lite-on's are a lot quieter - if you ever get the chance, buy a new model, well worth it :thumbsup:
#29
redrhino
I've got the 250GB version of this, so assume the format of hard drive will be the same, NTSF. For xbox to read it needs to be formatted FAT32.


FAT32 has a 4GB per file limitation, so not recommended for HD content.

Format it HFS+ using a Mac or something like MacDrive for the PC.
#30
redrhino
I've got the 250GB version of this, so assume the format of hard drive will be the same, NTSF. For xbox to read it needs to be formatted FAT32.


Does the Xbox allow enough power for a 2.5" HD via USB?
#31
The Lone Ranger
DVD is not dead, thats why no one whinges about it. When a new movie comes out, it comes out on the formats that are not dead, this is why it still comes out on DVD.

I'm not going to vote on this either way because if you really want the drive and can find good use for it, then its a good deal. If on the other hand you don't want to be stuck with a drive with very litte use when all the HD disks have dried up, then its a very bad deal.


you missed this bit "they have certainly been made obsolete via Blu-ray"

DVD's are inferior to Blu ray, they give an inferior picture quality to Bluray BUT are cheaper. My point was that Blu rays are the next step in the cycle of technology for viewing films and people still buy DVD's because they have a large collection, many dvd players and to change them would be expensive, also DVD's are (and this is the important bit) cheaper (but not by much!) then Blu-rays.

If Blu-ray players were the same price as DVD players and the disk prices were similar DVD's would die over night, DVD's stay popular because the pricing structure isn't the same.

HDDVD's will remain competitive especially whilst they are around £2 each UNTIL blurays come down to the same price, same as DVD's v Blu ray.

Gun
#32
*XxGunnerxX*;5736304


HDDVD's will remain competitive especially whilst they are around £2 each UNTIL blurays come down to the same price, same as DVD's v Blu ray.

Gun


But this is the problem, HD DVD has a very short life span, there are no new disks coming out, all you can buy are the older disks. If you are happy to do this, knowing that in the future you'll have a drive that can only play your old films (and DVDs, if you are happy to put up with the noisy 360) then its a good deal. For anyone else, its not so good.

I personally wouldn't consider this, even if they were giving it away free TBH. Another problem is, you are limited to playing the movies on the one player, you won't get the same problem with DVDs.
#33
Foolish in my opinion when there's a Blu-Ray player for £70 elsewhere on here that you could put the £20 towards. Yes Blu-Ray's are more expensive and if you can only look at bargains strictly in terms of how many pounds you pay for a single item, this may be one. In terms of value for money, thus longevity, I think this is a false economy. The 360 is a games machine, and a very good value for money one at that, with a handy DVD drive on too. For HD movies, get Blu-Ray.
#34
what was the original RRP on this? MS must have lost a packet.
#35
The Lone Ranger
DVD is not dead, thats why no one whinges about it. When a new movie comes out, it comes out on the formats that are not dead, this is why it still comes out on DVD.

I'm not going to vote on this either way because if you really want the drive and can find good use for it, then its a good deal. If on the other hand you don't want to be stuck with a drive with very litte use when all the HD disks have dried up, then its a very bad deal.


YAWN. It's £20!!!!
#36
The Lone Ranger
But this is the problem, HD DVD has a very short life span, there are no new disks coming out, all you can buy are the older disks. If you are happy to do this, knowing that in the future you'll have a drive that can only play your old films (and DVDs, if you are happy to put up with the noisy 360) then its a good deal. For anyone else, its not so good.

I personally wouldn't consider this, even if they were giving it away free TBH. Another problem is, you are limited to playing the movies on the one player, you won't get the same problem with DVDs.


Seriously! Here, have a free drive and some movies.

You: No thanks, it's a dead format. :roll:
banned#37
*XxGunnerxX*;5736304

HDDVD's will remain competitive especially whilst they are around £2 each UNTIL blurays come down to the same price, same as DVD's v Blu ray.

Gun


Can you explain how HD-DVD will remain competitive with blu-ray when new releases arent available on the format and havent been for quite some time?
#38
schnide
Foolish in my opinion when there's a Blu-Ray player for £70 elsewhere on here that you could put the £20 towards. Yes Blu-Ray's are more expensive and if you can only look at bargains strictly in terms of how many pounds you pay for a single item, this may be one. In terms of value for money, thus longevity, I think this is a false economy. The 360 is a games machine, and a very good value for money one at that, with a handy DVD drive on too. For HD movies, get Blu-Ray.


Again, It's £20!!!! Honestly, cheaper than going to the ODEON. Those £1.99 HD movies don't look any less spectacular because the format's 'dead'. Lol.
#39
Rubisco
Does the Xbox allow enough power for a 2.5" HD via USB?


Yep.
#40
FYI the drive has a USB hub in it, ie a Mini USB to/from the computer to use the drive AND two standard USB ports to daisychain 2 more USB devices

It is mains powered with a small transformer delivering 12V 2A DC. The PSU I got with mine (from Amazon DE) has a global 100-240V AC input via a figure of 8 2-pin mains power cable.

And the drive is designed to operate vertically or horizontally.

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