Xbox 360 gets HD DVD for Christmas

Set your alarm clocks for 'mid November' (sorry, can't be any more precise) 'cos that's when the first hi-def movie format is going to go mainstream.

Set your alarm clocks for 'mid November' (sorry, can't be any more precise) 'cos that's when the first hi-def movie format is going to go mainstream. Why? Because Microsoft will finally be shipping its HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360. At last, affordable 1080p output is coming to our eager HD-ready screens.For a limited time only, Bill Gates is also going to chuck in a free HD DVD copy of King Kong (yes, the new one). Finally, we'll be able to watch it in cinema quality without having to wait an hour for the monkey to appear – that remote does have a skip button, right?Game onMeanwhile, to complete the Xbox 360 Christmas onslaught, 16 new games will be released before the holidays (see the list on the next page). We're adjusting our stocking for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, Call Of Duty 3 and the new Pro Evo Soccer.Did we say the onslaught was complete? No, wait, there's more. Doom, Sensible Soccer and Defender are also coming to Xbox Live Arcade. Microsoft, sniff, you really are too generous. This is going to be the best Christmas ever! (Cue sleigh bells, snow and boys' choir).Continued…

Here are those Xbox 360 titles: Call Of Duty 3CarsDead Or Alive: Xtreme 2FIFA 2007Gears Of WarNBA 2K7NBA LIVE 07NHL 07Need For Speed CarbonPro Evolution Soccer 6Sonic The HedgehogSuperman ReturnsTiger Woods PGA TOUR 07Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six VegasTony Hawk’s Project 8Viva Piñata

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Price: £130 On sale: Mid November Contact: Microsoft Related stories: Xbox 360 HD DVD by Christmas