E3: HD-DVD over USB on Xbox 360Posted on May 8th, 2006 1 comment
This is cool and not cool at the same time.
I’m excited to be able to have a console that will allow me access to HD-DVD content. I’m definitely not excited at the prospect of having to buy a Microsoft-branded accessory to make it happen.
I hate Microsoft’s accessory strategy for the 360. It seems they’ve taken a page out of Sony’s playbook when it comes to console accessories. They don’t allow anyone else to produce wireless controllers AT ALL, and then they charge $50 for something that is rumoured to only cost $11 to manufacture (not counting marketing, development costs, etc.) $100 for a wireless adapter? Um… I recently bought a USB wi-fi adapter for my laptop that set me back all of $20. I could go on and on. I can’t think of a single Microsoft accessory that isn’t horribly over-priced. Oh yeah, and they don’t seem to be allowing 3rd-party memory cards either. So, as a result, you have to shell out $40 for a 64MB memory card. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
So, yeah, I won’t be looking forward to see what exorbitant price Microsoft will be charging for HD-DVD. It won’t be pretty…
Personally, as long as the price is lower than $200, I don’t mind having to buy an expensive HD-DVD add-on from Microsoft. Keep in mind that the real players cost $500… ouch.
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