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MikeB said: Nice post! if you want a 360 (15gb version or however much space is left) with an hd-dvd player, it costs you $100 more than a ps3 with all the same functionality... Except a XBox 360 with HD DVD drive isn't really on par with the PS3's Blu-Ray drive, the HD DVD drive cannot be used for gaming and one thing games seem to do well over the years is that they tend to expand significantly in terms of data usage. Also the XBox 360 HD DVD addon is half the speed of the PS3's Blu-Ray drive. Finally a Blu-Ray disc stores more data per layer and includes impressive protective coatings (must pass steelwool rubbing tests). With regard to movie playback, the movie quality is about on par between both formats, but in theory due to Blu-Ray's higher bitrate, while using identical codecs Blu-Ray movies should be able to produce better picture quality (next to this the PS3's HDMI 1.3 is also a factor here).
Sigh. Always trying to compare a useless HD-DVD to the PS3s Blu-ray. The argument is baseless. The HD-DVD is only there for movie playback, nothing more. Therefore, there'd be no real need for the HD, as the HD is for gaming, not movies. You can complain about how HD-DVD is worse, but it's still a format for media only. There's a reason why MS didn't want the HD-DVD or Blu-Ray as a built-in drive. Still, I'd rather find a $200 core ($100 gift cards are still available), $199 HD-DVD and have a $399 HD-DVD unit rather than a $500 PS3. IF I wanted to just watch movies (of course not, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are dead to me in terms of my needs)

Back from the dead, I'm afraid.