February 06, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
For Xbox 360 owners who also wanted to add an HD DVD player to their setups, Microsoft has dropped the price of the add-on player officially to $129.99, down from $179.99.
So, is this yet another firesale of HD DVD items? Clearance of the inventory to make way for a Blu-ray add-on for the 360? Microsoft throwing up its arms after reading all the format war commenters’ verbal assaults on our site and others (keep ‘em coming till this format war ends, please)??
Who knows—one or two of those questions might be answered in the coming months, but for now, it looks like Microsoft is simply keeping in line with the marketing initiative launched by Toshiba last month, in which its standalone players’ prices were dropped.
Like other HD DVD players, the Xbox 360 HD DVD player includes a freebie (“King Kong” in this case) and the deal to mail in for five more free HD DVDs.
If the price is right, we know these babies fly off the shelves—Amazon found this out with its $80 + six free movies deal that went out of stock pretty quickly.
Via: Engadget HD
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