Even though Microsoft Corp. is reportedly planning not to build-in HD DVD drive into its Xbox 360 game machine, the firm may still sell bundles consisting of external HD DVD player and the console, media reports suggest. It is not completely clear whether the decision is really cost-efficient, however, it indisputably provides Microsoft some production flexibility.
Microsoft will reportedly sell external HD DVD drive for as much as Â£199 (approximately €292, $371), which is substantially higher price-tag than expected originally. However, Microsoft is planning to bundle premium Xbox 360 game console and external HD DVD player "for under Â£400" (about €586, $746), reports GamesIndustry.biz web-site. The price of the bundle could even be lower than that of PlayStation 3, which supports Blu-ray disc player.