Originally Posted by betona
I say make the HD-DVD the only disc player there is in all XBox's going forward. Immediately. If they want to compete, then it's time to get with it.
I'd love to have a unit with integrated HD DVD, but I don't think it's a requirement for them to compete. I think it's more important to market and price the add-on properly.
IMO, MS has missed an opportunity with the add-on. It's never been very compelling, although it COULD be. First you have the broken audio. I'm not talking about not being able to pass HD sound thru HDMI. I'm talking about the dynamic range being forced on. Anybody who does any research before buying would have found out about that and decided to pass on it as a viable HD player. They finally fixed that, but now the unit isn't priced right. With standalones approaching $200 street, and the add-on being essentially a bare drive in a plastic case, and unable to pass HD audio thru HDMI, it simply isn't worth spending $200 on it.
I think it would be a mistake for ALL 360's to have integrated HD DVD. Otherwise you have another overpriced console trying to double as a HD trojan horse, and no way to get a feel for software attach rates.
What they need is another SKU... an Ultra with integrated HD DVD, 120GB drive, and bundled wi-fi adapter for $549. And it needs to pass HD audio via HDMI.
Then offer the add-on in both white and black for everyone else, and price it at $99 or less. Even without HD audio, this would move a lot of units for people who want to dabble in next gen media and have already invested in the console.
Finally, get the Elite @ $399, Premium @ $299, and Core @ $199. And drop the price of the wi-fi adapter to $49, for heaven's sake. You'd still be gouging people, but stopping short of telling them you think they're stupid.
IMO, if all these things came to fruition, MS would have a winner on the console front while helping Toshiba in the HD DVD arena. But what do I know.