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Old 12-06-07, 07:44 AM   #5
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Default Re: Should I buy the 360 HD-DVD drive?

Originally Posted by Zelda_fan
It's $99 at

Can I connect it to my PC via USB?

I was planning on getting an A3 once it dropped to $150, but if this is honestly just about as good then I think I'll bite on it.

I get all my movies off of netflix so any sort of extra movie deal they might include with the A3 really isn't an incentive for me.

My current audio setup isn't TrueHD compatible, so I doubt I'll benefit over anything past DD, and from what I gather that's the only drawback to the 360 addon.
Here is the bottom line, first reply was incorrect.

The 360 HD DVD drive connects to your PC via USB. HDCP has nothing to do with the drive. Drivers for the device are available on Windows Update for XP, and are automatically installed for Vista.

You also need playback software. This is where HDCP comes in. Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra ($99) is currently the most popular and best playback software. The catch is that if both your video card and monitor do not support HDCP then you cannot use DVI output. If you have a video card and monitor that both support HDCP (such as any card from the GeForce 8 series or select GeForce 7 cards and many flatpanels made in the past year), then you can use DVI output. If you do NOT have HDCP on your videocard and monitor, you must use the VGA or Component analog outputs for display - it will still be great quality, just not transmitted digitally. Most monitors have both DVI/VGA inputs so if you don't have HDCP in your setup you'd have to hook up both outputs from your videocard and switch over to VGA when watching HD DVD.

A dual core CPU is also needed to handle the processing.
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