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Hardware Components of the HD-DVD Format In Depth
With its price set at $800.00, the Toshiba
HD-XAI is the first HD-DVD player that will be available
to consumers. Another related version of this DVD player,
HD-A1, is available at a relatively economical price
of $500.00. It is also looks almost identical to the Toshiba
HD-XAI model. Another company, RCA/Thompson, is expected
to come out with a player identically priced, which will
add some zing to the competition.
Experts have already stated that HD-DVD movies will be
available in single layer, dual layer, and single sided hybrid
discs with a 4.7 GB layer and 15GB HD layer. Discs with the
4.7GB layer can play on any DVD player. HD-DVD movies can
also be enjoyed on twin-format discs that carry a standard
dual layer 8.5 GB DVD on one side with a 30 GB dual-layer
on the other. It cannot be denied that hybrid and dual format
discs are expensive but they also offer backward compatibility.
The consumer gains the privilege of watching a high-def movie
on the HD-DVD player.
The gaming card: Xbox 360
Xbox 360 has a high–def output that is equivalent
to 720p and approximately 1080i. The capacity of the internal
drive can create a limitation on downloading clips. The Xbox
360, which is not currently capable of playing HD-DVD’s,
will be able to soon because Microsoft has plans of releasing
an HD-DVD add-on drive that will enable HD-DVD movie playback.
However, games available in DVD-ROM format will have no compatibility
Positives and Negatives related to Xbox 360
positive side, the players and movies will be available in
advance in comparison to Blu-ray. Xbox 360 units are less
expensive than Blu-ray players. A substantial number of movies
are planned to be released over the year that are to include
DVD versions on the same disc.
The compatible HD-DVD add-on drive hasn’t been released
yet which means that HD-DVD discs cannot yet be played. The
much hyped managed copy could cost more and the studios still
prefer to put movies on the older format DVDs.