There were rumors that there will be an external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360. It will be released later this year. It was said that the new drive will offer the ability to enjoy HD DVD movies on Xbox and will provide consumers with more choices for experiencing high-definition content in digital form. We can’t find information on shipping dates, pricing, and whether or not the player will support HDCP or HDMI.
Here’s RCA’s version of an HD-DVD player, the HDV5000. This HD-DVD player will feature HDMI and also component outs that supports 720p / 1080i, S/PIDF, 5.1 channel surround out, and a network connect. The expected MSRP will be $500 and will be released in June. Via Engadget.
This Qosmio laptop is the world’s 1st laptop to feature an HD-DVD drive. The Qosmio G30 comes equipped with a T2500 2.0Ghz Core Duo Processor, an nVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 with 128Mb of VRAM, 1 GB of RAM, 2 SATA 120 GB Hard Drives, a High Definition WUXGA screen with 1920×1200 resolution, an HD-DVD ROM drive, and a digital and analog TV tuner. All for a hefty â‚¬2800 ($3400 US). Info via Akihabara.
Pioneer just released three new DVD players with an HDMI port, the DV-696AV, DV-490V and DV-393. The first two support an up scale in 720p/1080i and the DV-696AV is also SACD compatible. DivX 6 support comes with the DV-696AV and DV-490V. Via Akihabara News.
Acer just announced that their notebook computers will be equipped with HD-DVD drives. This move contrasts Sony’s move to use Blu-ray drives on their new units. Toshiba also announced that their units will be equipped with HD-DVD. Info via NewLaunches.