HD DVD Add-on $119.99 @ Best Buy

Posted by James Segars on February 6, 2008 
Filed Under: Deals, Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

bestbuy-tm.jpgWhile Microsoft has ponied up and finally dropped the MSRP — down from the now archaic $179.99 — for the HD DVD add-on to $129.99, Best Buy is taking it one baby-step further by offering up the player for a mere $119.99.

If you happened to miss the Amazon deal earlier this morning, then saddling up with seems to be your best bet at the moment.

It’s definitely a good time to be an Xbox 360 owner, and we’re very glad to see that Microsoft has finally adjusted the price of the add-on in light of the recent price adjustments for all other HD DVD players. 

It should be interesting to see how the standalone figures move in the wake of this most recent adjustment.  2 Million HD DVD standalones, anyone?


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9 Responses to “HD DVD Add-on $119.99 @ Best Buy”

  1. Bigdmelt12 (formerly dan) on February 6th, 2008 12:42 pm

    Thats what Im talking about…..if this had of been the case around christmas when the other SA players were going for less, HD DVD would be in a while different position now

  2. Blake on February 6th, 2008 1:23 pm

    It has been a very interesting day, indeed.

  3. The Guardian on February 6th, 2008 6:10 pm

    I’m not surprised.. they were already not selling well at least around here, and then the -A3 went cheaper than it, of course they would have to drop the price…

  4. Belard on February 6th, 2008 7:11 pm

    in the world of business…. shoulda coulda didn’t = too late.

    $120~$130 for a HD-DVD Add-on is still very useless… even of the ADD-ON was this price during Christmas.

    The HD-DVD add on is only usable on Xbox360 and PC with Windows or Vista. (It would be interesting to see it work on a PS3) As JUST a player… so why not JUST get a player? It’s less usable than a stand-alone player.

  5. Bigdmelt12 on February 6th, 2008 10:22 pm

    well, then those may get a player, but us xbox 360 owners who want to get into hi def have the option of getting the add on, unlike those who paid an arm and a leg to get a ps3 because there was no option for an add-on. It is not useless…loads faster than a toshiba player and really is worth it if your a console owner. It cant be useless if it is just as good as players and now at the new retail is cheaper than most of them if you have an xbox 360. If you dont go grab a standalone and save 250 dollars to spend on movies if you want instead of grabbing a 400$+ blu ray player

  6. Jesterrace on February 7th, 2008 1:03 am

    I concur, especially when you can get the A3 from amazon for $118.49 shipped right now. That being said if you want to run things via an HTPC this is your cheapest option ATM.

  7. Belard on February 7th, 2008 2:09 am

    Also important to note: The owners of Xbox360 HD-DVD Add-ons are complaining about the LOUD drive noise when playing a movie. I know what this is like when my last DVR was conking out… or older PCs… very very loud, effects enjoying the movie experince.

    There are NO such complaints with the PS3′s drive during movie playback.

    So it makes no SENSE to pay more than $80 (think about it) for an ADD-ON device for a game console… And if the 360 console doesn’t include HDMI which is more than half the 360s out there, you can’t upconvert DVDs… and you’re not getting MAX picture quality.

    PS: Not to get into a PS3 vs 360 war… the 360fans talk about changing SKUs of PS3, but every PS3 has HDMI. Many 360 owners went out and BOUGHT a new 360 for HDMI… and you either get a cheap no HD model (horrible), the $350 20GB model (tiny HD) thats $50 less than the PS3/40GB.

    The HD-DVD add-on was always a weak accessory and never had a chance… except when it first came out as the CHEAPEST HD-player (if you already OWN the 360).

  8. Tyler Pruitt on February 7th, 2008 4:00 am


    HD DVD add-on drives dont make much noise, the drive is only spinning at 1x…. now the DVD drive spinning at 12x while I\’m playing COD4 is a whole different story ;)

  9. Bigdmelt12 on February 7th, 2008 9:01 am

    lol with COD4 its to loud to hear anything, but you are correct, the hddvd add on makes almost no noise at all

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