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Xbox 360 HD - DVD Drive £99.00

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9y, 5m agoFound 9 years, 5 months ago
I've been looking for an Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive for a while now, I've been waiting to see if the price would break the £100 mark. I then fell upon the Gamestation website http://www.gamestation.co.uk/images/...-dvd-combo.asp - their currently selling the drive (only) for £99 they also offer a couple of deals that allow you to have 2 (£124.99) or 4 (£149.99) HD DVD's. That to me is a very good deal.

I really wanted one today, so I made a trip to my local Gamestation Store (Leamington Spa) and thankfully they had some in stock, but an added bonus, they were offering the Drive (which includes a Universal Remote Control), Doom & Fast & The Furious for £119.99
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#1
Voted hot - I posted an LX Direct voucher deal with a similar price but this looks much better! I work near Leam, so I might pop in and check it out on Monday :)
#2
This was posted about a week ago.
#3
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74180

Search "xbox and hddvd" Good for people that may have missed it though.:thumbsup:
#4
Folks - unless you're definitely wanting this now, it might be worth holding fire. The wholesale price of raw HDDVD drives has completely collapsed in the last 3 months, and that's going to feed through to us pretty soon. I'd imagine we'll be seeing raw PC drives for 70 quid by mid July. In the US you can get the HP drive for $130 (65 quid), and that's including a free copy of PDVD.

Set top HDDVD players are plummeting too, expect to see them at 150 quid soon, and maybe 100 by Christmas.
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arfster
Folks - unless you're definitely wanting this now, it might be worth holding fire. The wholesale price of raw HDDVD drives has completely collapsed in the last 3 months, and that's going to feed through to us pretty soon. I'd imagine we'll be seeing raw PC drives for 70 quid by mid July. In the US you can get the HP drive for $130 (65 quid), and that's including a free copy of PDVD.

Set top HDDVD players are plummeting too, expect to see them at 150 quid soon, and maybe 100 by Christmas.

this is good news would you be so kind as to tell me the source of this information
#6
[SIZE=2]I heard the wholesale prices dropped a couple of months back from a friend who works in the import business, and saw it for myself in the US. Frys in the US sells a HDDVD drive for $130 (68 quid ish), and the Tosh HDA2 is already well under $300 (155 quid) on the high street, even cheaper on the net. It won't be long before our prices follow.[/SIZE]
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arfster
[SIZE=2]I heard the wholesale prices dropped a couple of months back from a friend who works in the import business, and saw it for myself in the US. Frys in the US sells a HDDVD drive for $130 (68 quid ish), and the Tosh HDA2 is already well under $300 (155 quid) on the high street, even cheaper on the net. It won't be long before our prices follow.[/SIZE]


thats pretty cool but still undecided when it comes to hd-dvd or blu-ray - don't want to end up with the 'betamax' of HD :p
#8
Don't worry about the whole "which format" issue, they make dual format players and just like the HD-DVD blu-ray uses blue diodes so both will drop in price.

It was the lack of success making the diodes that caused the huge prices and they are getting on top of it now.

Sit back and enjoy HD goodness :)
#9
France seem to have very cheap HD DVDs. About £10-£15 for most. Still not super cheap I know, but cheaper than places i've seen over here and the majority are in English.
#10
Hd-dvds are losing to blu ray and tbh im not in favour of them

But as you say once they release the hd/ blu ray player it wont matter which formats which
#11
dandoc2
Hd-dvds are losing to blu ray and tbh im not in favour of them



That's a big debate :-) The figures are skewed by lots of Playstation3 purchases. Now while this is a very clever way for Sony to get lots of players out there, most PS3 buyers will be getting it almost exclusively for games. They might purchase one or two Blurays on average, but generally it's not the equjvalent of a sale of a dedicated player. Someone buying a standalone will buy or rent loads of discs (think how many DVDs many people have).

However, standalones will only start to sell in serious numbers once they drop below $200 (100 pounds) or so. The Tosh HDA2 is close to that now, and will definitely break it by Christmas, if not earlier. In a year's time, expect cheap chinese players for 60 quid, and then you'll start to see insane quantities flying out the shops.

Bluray has the distinct problem that standalones are really, really, really expensive - about $500 (250 pounds at present), due to the cost of new tech. By contrast, HDDVD is basically a minor tweak on existing DVD tech, so has a big advantage in manufacturing cost - at least for now. Once economies of scale kick in fully, there's very little reason for them to cost much more than current DVD players. New chips are coming out for peanuts that can handle the entire decoding/deinterlacing process for h264/vc1/mpeg, so that won't be an issue either - it'll mostly be down to the cost of the drives.

Personally I think neither will win, the dual format players will get so cheap that people will just buy them instead. At that point the war will continue behind the scenes, and won't affect the customer any more.
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I would like to think that hd dvd would win, but from what i have seen blue ray seems to be winning, and that is due to the ps3, i have an xbox hd dvd drive, i got it when it first hit the streets, i also have 3 hd-dvd, but that is it, if i wanted to rent the latest movies in hd format i would have to get a ps3 as block busters only do bule ray dvds, hmm there not taking sides or anything. it is handy to have a second drive for dvds for the xbox though, but if you want hd versions you may want to save the pennys and get a blue ray version. well that's my 2p worth

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