Microsoft Hints at Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add-On Price?
Posted Wed May 10, 2006 at 11:11 AM PDT by
Has Microsoft inadvertently revealed the price for its just-announced
HD-DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360?
Online game and technology sites are abuzz with news that the company posted
the cost of the device on its official Xbox website for a brief time this morning,
before the information was quickly pulled. According to reports from readers
at various websites includingAVS
and The Digital
, a $199 price for the add-on device appeared as
a part of this E3 report
at Xbox.com, before disappearing.
Should the posted information turn out to be true, the combined cost of the
$399 Xbox 360 and $199 HD-DVD add-on drive would place it in the same range
as Sony's upcoming Blu-Ray-driven PlayStation 3, which Sony announced
yesterday will arrive in two configurations, a $499 20 GB version and
a more pricey $599 60 GB model.
that the pricing and availability details on the accessory
will be announced at a later date, and would not confirm nor deny the $199 HD-DVD
add-on cost rumor.
However, the company did release a picture of HD-DVD drive's design yesterday
at E3 during a press conference. The add-on is about the size of a standard
external 3.5'' drive, comes housed in a styled off-white case with perforated
grey faceplate and appeared to be designed to stand vertically next to the Xbox
At the conference, Microsoft spokesperson Peter Moore also promised that the
add-on would be a "bargain" compared to other high-def options, and
will be in stores by this holiday season.