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360 HD-DVD on PC? You bet


One of our colleagues here at Weblogs sent us this link about using the 360 HD-DVD player as a cheap HD-DVD drive for PC. It looks like all you need is the right set of drivers and a playback program and voila! Instant, cheap HD-DVD goodness. The boys who discovered this solution -- UNEASYsilence -- were not satisfied with such an easy outcome, so they took the damned thing apart anyway. Check out the article if you'd like to see the Toshiba-powered guts of the HD-DVD player. Also worth noting, a Mac recognized the drive immediately, no drivers needed. Unfortunately, as there is no HD-DVD program available for the Mac, it will only play DVDs.

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1. Interesting, the OSX recognizes the HD DVD memory unit, but XP won't. Vista won't read the memory unit either.

Posted at 12:00PM on Nov 13th 2006 by delerious 0 stars

2. thats why macs rule; but when will hd-dvd software be out for it? and a mactheripper version?

Posted at 12:09PM on Nov 13th 2006 by h0ss66 0 stars

3. Can't do that with the PS3, now can ya?

Posted at 11:55AM on Nov 13th 2006 by SuicideNinja 0 stars

4. Wasn't it said that the HDDVD player was the only App. to use 100% of the hardware? If so, how could a PC run this?? To play HDDVD's that is.

Posted at 11:56AM on Nov 13th 2006 by [email protected] 0 stars

5. You can still run HD DVDs, but you won't be able to access the memory unit. The Toshiba HD DVD drive has plug'n play drivers. You just need WinDVD 8 or a program of the sort that supports it, and you may need a HDCP compliant setup.

Posted at 12:47PM on Nov 13th 2006 by delerious 0 stars

6. #4 the drive just reads the data into the host. It's up to the host (pc/360) to do the hard work.

Posted at 1:35PM on Nov 13th 2006 by edhe 0 stars

7. That doesn't answer my point, PC's don't come anywhere near the spec of the 360, so how could they play HD-DVD's using the HD-DVD attachment if it uses 100% of the 360's processing to play it?

Posted at 6:40PM on Nov 14th 2006 by [email protected] 0 stars

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