Xbox 360 HD DVD by Christmas

This was meant to be the spoiler to the PS3 launch, except that Sony managed to do that all by itself. Instead, Microsoft will go into Christmas with

This was meant to be the spoiler to the PS3 launch, except that Sony managed to do that all by itself. Instead, Microsoft will go into Christmas with its Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on a full four months before the Blu-Ray spinning PlayStation reaches these shores.So far, we have official word only of the Japanese launch. Lucky gamers there will get their hands on the player on 17th November. The ¥19,800 (£135) RRRP, complete with wireless remote, seems to confirm UK details leaked earlier this month by Gamesindustry.biz. It's predicted to have a £200 price tag, which includes two HD DVD films, with a launch date here around November or December.Microsoft also promises us the box will output movies in full-fat 1080p. A software update will boost games output to the same level.With an all-in-one package of the Premium console and HD DVD drive mooted at around £375-£400 (or up to £50 cheaper than the PS3 with Blu-Ray), Bill Gates could be having a very good Christmas indeed.

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Price: TBA (expected £200) On sale: TBA (17th November in Japan) Contact: Microsoft Related links: Gamesindustry.biz storyMicrosoft's Xbox 360 Hd DVD page Related stories: PS3 delayed till March 2007