Originally Posted by MichaelHDDVD
I hope Microsoft knows what they are doing. This is great for HD DVD but there are going to be a lot of angry XBox 360 owners out there. There were a lot of very angry 360 owners when the HDMI Elite was announced.
As long as HD DVD is for movies only, and the external drive is still offered, why should existing owners care?
Originally Posted by Goatse
So its going to be more expensive then the ps3 and the hddvd drive is worthless for games. Whos gonna pay 200+ more then premium for it?? Puts it in the same expensive situation ps3 is in.
If Tosh/Venturer can make (and sell) a whole player for < $200, and Tosh puts them in cheap laptops, the cost of the drive must not be that much...They me able to eat the cost premium and not change price at all...
Originally Posted by delrmx01
Don't see this as a great move. People still want that "choice," I have one gaming console and one HD DVD player.
What if they put it in the Elite, and still offered the Premium w/DVD? Or offered it in the Premium but didn't lower the price?
One more point...
Back in late July....Digitimes article...
As Microsoft will lower the retail price of its Xbox 360 external HD DVD-ROM drives from US$199 to US$179 in August and may therefore seek additional OEM makers to reduce the production cost of the drive, Taiwan-based Lite-On IT is likely to secure OEM orders from Microsoft, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Microsoft's price cut is in response to Sony lowering the price of its PlayStation 3 game console, the sources indicated.
While Toshiba is currently the only OEM maker of Xbox 360 external HD DVD-ROM drives, Microsoft is expected to seek one or two more OEM makers to minimize production costs, the sources noted. Lite-On IT, with strong competitiveness in lowering costs, may become an additional OEM maker, the sources pointed out. Lite-On IT is currently an OEM maker of Xbox 360 internal DVD-ROM drives, the sources said.
If MS only produced 200,000 external HD DVD drives in 7 months (November '06-July-'07), why bother soliciting new manufacturers (other than Toshiba) for an additional $10-$20 off the cost of the [external] drive, unless they are producing them in volume?
Bringing on additional manufacturers to save $2 million is not worth it, given the additional headaches that can result. Bringing on additional manufacturers to produce a million drives becomes a worthwhile proposition, however.
Thin? yes...Anorexic? Yes. But if they are going to make HD DVD drives internal, then right after the PS3 price drop seems like the logical time to do it.