the Microsoft disk player does movies in HD-DVD but is not for running X-Box games.
My info source, Newsweek magazine, November 20, 2006 edition.
Sony regards their Blu ray decision as critical. The Blu-ray has about 50 gigabytes of storage. The HD-DVD has about 30 gigs. Sony figures developers eager to exploit the highest resolution will have games within a year which will fill up all 50 gigs.
Sony is betting big with this to counter "The Dark Side" (Microsoft.) We already heard estimates of the $600 unit costing Sony $840 to make. The IBM chip is bodacious; 7 cells running in parallel, delivering 50 times the performance of their G5 PowerPC chip.
Does that make anyone wonder if Apple decided correctly to go with Intel instead? In fact it makes it a double if. If Apple stayed with IBM, sharing the same hot chip with Sony, then considering Sony Corporations' big woes, what about an Apple/Sony merger? OK, too many ifs. But, just for good measure, we know Apple kept their dual programming for 4 years secret just for that "what if" moment. If they still are programming both for Intel & IBM chips, could they be considering being able to play one off the other. OK, I guess that's bogus, too, as IBM was a problem not being responsive to Apple beacuse they weren't a big enough customer.
Arriving at retailers in North America, the U.K., France, and Germany in mid-November 2006, the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player will retail for $199.99 in North America (ESRP) and