HD Notebook: "Microsoft Demos Xbox HD DVD Drive
Microsoft showed off its external HD DVD drive designed for the Xbox 360 game console this week. While the next-gen Xbox console itself has been at retailers for a few months, the HD DVD device will be shipped as an optional add-on in time for the holiday shopping season, the company confirmed -- which is about the same time the much-anticipated PlayStation 3 from Sony is set to debut.
According to published reports from the DVD Forum this week in Los Angeles, the DVD device is the size of a hardback book. Microsoft demonstrated the new drive with the HD DVD movie disc, 'The Phantom of the Opera,' and featured some of the disc's menu bar, which typically allows some interactive features to be used while the motion picture is playing. "