XBOX HD player even cheaper at Argos £34.99
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XBOX HD player even cheaper at Argos £34.99

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Found 14th Mar 2008Made hot 14th Mar 2008
With this DVD player, Microsoft offers the most affordable way for you to jump into the next generation of DVD technology.

Just add the Xbox HD DVD player to the Xbox 360 to create the ultimate home theatre experience with more clarity and details than HDTV content via broadcast, cable or satellite.

For ages 3 and over.

67 Comments

nice price!
soon going down towards the £20 mark!
great to go with the heroes season 1 hd-dvd find

Voted Hot for this HD DVD player if you HAVE to have one for your XBOX.

However you could get a stand alone Toshiba HD DVD player + 2 free HD DVD's the other day from Play and Amazon for £50.

The same price amazon were charging last week. But the difference is this is in stock. These seem to be selling out everywhere. Get one while you can. Voted Hot

Voted hot, it's a really good price.

However, my only concern with this and all the other HD-DVD player offers, is that although it's a very inexpensive way to get a good high definition catalogue of films, what will happen if your player dies in a couple of years time! Not trying to dismiss it as it is very cheap, and as I said I'm voting it hot, I just fear that there will be some people in a few years time with a catalogue of films and nothing to play them on.

One other downside is it can be a little loud with the fans of the 360 in the background on quiet sections on movies.

Maybe I'm just fussy :whistling:

I think your right to be concerned, I think people need to remember that buying HD-DVD's over the next few months is going to be cheap but in 2-3 years time you might struggle to play them if your player breaks.

Shame it doesn't come in black to match the elite

I think these companies should start branding all the HD-DVD players they still have in stock as "Upscaling DVD players with HD-DVD capabilities"

Ritchie 2;1717301

I think your right to be concerned, I think people need to remember that … I think your right to be concerned, I think people need to remember that buying HD-DVD's over the next few months is going to be cheap but in 2-3 years time you might struggle to play them if your player breaks.


If it breaks buy another one.
You can still get a working Betamax player on e-bay today, I'm sure you'll be able to get a new HD-DVD player for years to come too.

I bet the working betamax player on ebay looks really nice

If I had a 360 I think I would get one of these, despite being a hardcore blu-ray follower. As hashman said you can then just stock up on the extra cheap box sets!

TehSheep;1717352

I think these companies should start branding all the HD-DVD players they … I think these companies should start branding all the HD-DVD players they still have in stock as "Upscaling DVD players with HD-DVD capabilities"



fair point.out of interest what is standard dvd playback quality on this unit like? might save a bit of wear n tear on the 360 main drive.

BarneyL;1717364

If it breaks buy another one.You can still get a working Betamax player … If it breaks buy another one.You can still get a working Betamax player on e-bay today, I'm sure you'll be able to get a new HD-DVD player for years to come too.



It all depends on how easy it is to transfer your films to a different format. If people have a sizeable back catalogue of HD-DVD films then they will be unlikely to sell their only means of playing them. I suspect that the people selling betamax players have transferred anything they want to a different format by now.

Voted hot for the price.

I picked one of these up from PCworld a while ago for £27 but don't know if they price match with Argos.

It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. The Xbox360 already upscales, the wear and tear is minimal. The reasoning 'cheap HD-DVD's' doesnt sit with me. Basically no more HD-DVD's will be released, so if you want HD films in the future you will need Blu-Ray, you'll find your shelves stacked with DVD's, HD-DVD's and Blu-Ray DVD's. That means unless you intend to buy films in multiple formats, your living room could well have a TV, a PVR, an XBOX, a HD-DVD drive and a Blu-Ray drive. Thats before we consider surround sound amp, DVD recording and video sending facilities

lowebb;1717540

It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. … It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. The Xbox360 already upscales, the wear and tear is minimal. The reasoning 'cheap HD-DVD's' doesnt sit with me. Basically no more HD-DVD's will be released, so if you want HD films in the future you will need Blu-Ray, you'll find your shelves stacked with DVD's, HD-DVD's and Blu-Ray DVD's. That means unless you intend to buy films in multiple formats, your living room could well have a TV, a PVR, an XBOX, a HD-DVD drive and a Blu-Ray drive. Thats before we consider surround sound amp, DVD recording and video sending facilities



Dont forget the betamax video player in the corner!!!:whistling:

Mike73;1717266

Voted hot, it's a really good price.However, my only concern with this … Voted hot, it's a really good price.However, my only concern with this and all the other HD-DVD player offers, is that although it's a very inexpensive way to get a good high definition catalogue of films, what will happen if your player dies in a couple of years time! Not trying to dismiss it as it is very cheap, and as I said I'm voting it hot, I just fear that there will be some people in a few years time with a catalogue of films and nothing to play them on.



It is still possible to buy VHS and Laserdisc equipment, so I think HD-DVD will be fine for a while yet.

Toshiba also have a legal obligation to provide spares for a number of years in the EU.

anyone know how easy it is to buy one and rip it apart for using in a PC case?

getting cheaper every week

speedski;1717655

anyone know how easy it is to buy one and rip it apart for using in a PC … anyone know how easy it is to buy one and rip it apart for using in a PC case?



No need to dismantle it:-


itweek.co.uk/per…-pc

Squiffy;1717597

It is still possible to buy VHS and Laserdisc equipment, so I think … It is still possible to buy VHS and Laserdisc equipment, so I think HD-DVD will be fine for a while yet.Toshiba also have a legal obligation to provide spares for a number of years in the EU.



VHS was a massive format that was by far the most popular format for many years, so that's why it's still available. Laserdisc players are not easy to come by, 2nd hand ones on ebay are still quite pricey I think. HD-DVD players will be the same, there won't be any new ones made, and I don't think there will be that many available 2nd hand in 2 or 3 years time.

I know that Toshiba will have to provide parts for some years, but how much will they be, and how much will the repairs cost. I'd be very surpirsed if it wasn't more expensive to fix one in 2 years, than it is to buy them now.

Squiffy;1717597

It is still possible to buy VHS and Laserdisc equipment, so I think … It is still possible to buy VHS and Laserdisc equipment, so I think HD-DVD will be fine for a while yet.Toshiba also have a legal obligation to provide spares for a number of years in the EU.



yed but these formats lasted longer and i think sold more players than hd-dvd has in its very short life.....however, i dont you will have a problem for a few years if toshiba and the distributors have a big stockpile of players

Does it read CD and DVD? Would make as a very useful addition to my Eee as well as to my Xbox

Wow! While you're at it, stock up on lots of UMD films for your PSP!

I've got a Betamax VCR knocking about in the loft if anyone wants that too.

lowebb;1717540

It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. … It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. The Xbox360 already upscales, the wear and tear is minimal. The reasoning 'cheap HD-DVD's' doesnt sit with me. Basically no more HD-DVD's will be released, so if you want HD films in the future you will need Blu-Ray, you'll find your shelves stacked with DVD's, HD-DVD's and Blu-Ray DVD's. That means unless you intend to buy films in multiple formats, your living room could well have a TV, a PVR, an XBOX, a HD-DVD drive and a Blu-Ray drive. Thats before we consider surround sound amp, DVD recording and video sending facilities




FACT: The XBOX 360 does not upscale SD DVD. Only the XBOX 360 HDDVD player upscales.
If you are playing SD DVD's in your XBOX 360 then your HD TV will be what is doing the upscaling to a certain degree.

Mike73;1717698

VHS was a massive format that was by far the most popular format for many … VHS was a massive format that was by far the most popular format for many years, so that's why it's still available. Laserdisc players are not easy to come by, 2nd hand ones on ebay are still quite pricey I think. HD-DVD players will be the same, there won't be any new ones made, and I don't think there will be that many available 2nd hand in 2 or 3 years time.I know that Toshiba will have to provide parts for some years, but how much will they be, and how much will the repairs cost. I'd be very surpirsed if it wasn't more expensive to fix one in 2 years, than it is to buy them now.


You don't know whats going to happen in the future. Whats to stop MS/Toshiba selling their production lines cheap to the Chinese?

To be honest by the time these break there will be a new technology out.....

Tiny Spider;1717905

FACT: The XBOX 360 does not upscale SD DVD. Only the XBOX 360 HDDVD … FACT: The XBOX 360 does not upscale SD DVD. Only the XBOX 360 HDDVD player upscales.If you are playing SD DVD's in your XBOX 360 then your HD TV will be what is doing the upscaling to a certain degree.



You might want to get your facts right.

This drive does not contribute in any way to the upscaling of dvd's. The 360 will upscale any dvd from any drive providing that hdmi or vga is used.

Tiny Spider;1717905

FACT: The XBOX 360 does not upscale SD DVD. Only the XBOX 360 HDDVD … FACT: The XBOX 360 does not upscale SD DVD. Only the XBOX 360 HDDVD player upscales.If you are playing SD DVD's in your XBOX 360 then your HD TV will be what is doing the upscaling to a certain degree.




I was sure the Xbox 360 upscales over vga.....

lowebb;1717540

It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. … It may be just me but why someone would buy one of these is beyond me. The Xbox360 already upscales, the wear and tear is minimal. The reasoning 'cheap HD-DVD's' doesnt sit with me. Basically no more HD-DVD's will be released, so if you want HD films in the future you will need Blu-Ray, you'll find your shelves stacked with DVD's, HD-DVD's and Blu-Ray DVD's. That means unless you intend to buy films in multiple formats, your living room could well have a TV, a PVR, an XBOX, a HD-DVD drive and a Blu-Ray drive. Thats before we consider surround sound amp, DVD recording and video sending facilities



I already have all them devices and others. You will probably be surprised just how many people can cover all the formats. Upscaling is no where near the quality of true HD so why buy SD when you can get tue HD now for not much more. Hd players will be around a long time as they are not devices which get a lot use and microsoft has been producing the add on for well over a year which means plenty of stock with todays manufacturing techniques.

Does anyone know if this comes with the Media Center Remote?

LG are still making dual format players as far as I'm aware, so you'll certainly still be able to buy a brand new player until they decide to stop.

pocket-lint.co.uk/new…tml

I've got both the 360 player and an EP-30. The 360 player is a bit of a nightmare as far as the fans go but I've an early 360 and I believe the newer ones are better in that regard, pictures great though and if your watching the Matrix with surround sound you ain't gonna hear the fan!!

Yes they come with the media remote.

And they dont come in black.

deathtrap3000;1717926

You might want to get your facts right. This drive does not contribute in … You might want to get your facts right. This drive does not contribute in any way to the upscaling of dvd's. The 360 will upscale any dvd from any drive providing that hdmi or vga is used.



This will bypass the Digital Rights Management. It's just changing the output format.
There is nothing official said from Microsoft that the 360 upscales as an official upscaling DVD player would.

I'm only stating the facts from Microsoft and not the 100's of forums with mixed and confused information about this subject.

gari189;1717919

You don't know whats going to happen in the future. Whats to stop … You don't know whats going to happen in the future. Whats to stop MS/Toshiba selling their production lines cheap to the Chinese?To be honest by the time these break there will be a new technology out.....




some people may opt for argos extended warranty below

3 Year Replacement Product Cover £50 - £59.99. 883/0825 £10.99

In response to deathtrap300:

That's a bit confusing, some people say it does, and other's say it doesn't.

I use a VERY similar remote with Media Center as the one you've linked to. It works, but it's got very bad range (you need to be in front of the xbox and point directly) and it has no number buttons (so you can't go straight to BBC1 for example).

sonix;1718081

Does anyone know if this comes with the Media Center Remote?



yes it does,so some may argue you are getting the HD drive for £15!

I think PC World pricematch with Argos (as long as their within 30 miles of the PC World store) and the item is also in stock at Argos. I did this 2 weeks ago with the Amazon deal.

Amazon were selling it for 34.99, PC World for £114.95 (instore - remember dont reserve it online as you need PC World to charge as much as possible in order to get a bigger discount!)

Go instore and ask them for the Xbox 360 hard drive, then at the till ask to price match it against Argos showing them a print out of it for £34.99 at Argos if you can. Also ask for the Price Match promise at PC World - you also need to print this off their website because otherwise they claim to not know about it. This means they will give it to you for £34.99 and then also give you 10% of the difference (yes the difference, NOT just 10%) meaning you get the player for £26.99!
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