High-def DVD

An external high-definition DVD player is coming to the Xbox 360 to match the Blu-ray disc functions of Sony Corp.’s upcoming PlayStation 3.

The basic Xbox 360 doesn’t come with high-definition DVD capability. The new Microsoft peripheral, to be launched in Japan on November 22, is based on the HD DVD standard, a rival technology to the Blu-ray format Sony is using for the HD player built into its anxiously awaited upgrade to the PlayStation line.

The attachment will cost 19,800 yen ($170) in Japan, bringing the combined cost of the basic Xbox 360 and the HD-DVD player to nearly the same price as that anticipated for the PlayStation 3 in Japan. Microsoft has plans to release the HD-DVD elsewhere, but no specifics about other markets or timing were disclosed.

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And some stats:
As of earlier this month, just 158,000 units of the Xbox 360 had been sold in Japan since its release late last year, according to Enterbrain Inc., a market researcher. About 5 million units have been sold worldwide in the same time period.

{One of my posts at "香港 (Hong Kong) 地區 Xbox 討論區" dated "09-21-2006, 10:34AM"}

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