QUOTE(rocarmy4life @ Jan 5 2008, 12:02 AM)
maaaaaan...MS really messed up by not putting the HD-DVD player in their consoles as standard. With how many millions of consoles sold...pshhh
i really wish they had...this woulda been over a looong time ago.
Actually when I heard about MS bringing out the HD-DVD player for the 360 as a bolt on, I thought it was a brilliant move from a business and marketing standpoint.
1. It allowed them to get the 360 out to many consumers who don't (or didn't at that time) give a rip about HD at all. They just want to play games. They had the cheaper console, much cheaper. And hey, if you want to watch HD movies, they'd hook you up.
2. People can say what they will about either of the formats, but I personally don't think one was technically superiour over the other. Each had some pros and cons (fanboys go away :-) ). However, from a productization standpoint, if you're not 100% certain that your format will win, why embed the hardware. Sell it as a bolt on and if the format you're backing doesn't win out, guess what, you can simply sell a different bolt on later.
This is somewhat akin to being an arms dealer, no matter which side wins, you come out smelling like roses.