Scratch one more PlayStation 3 advantage off the list. In an announcement that no one was planning on, Microsoft announced that their Xbox 360 console will soon receive a software update to allow it to play HD-DVD movies in 1080p resolution. Up until now, it had been assumed that Sony’s upcoming console would be the only one with a 1080p option for movies (games are currently unable to run smoothly at 1080p on any system).
And speaking of HD-DVD, we now have our first concrete price point for the upcoming HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360. In Japan, the peripheral will come bundled with the Xbox Universal Remote and will retail for 19,800 yen, or roughly $170 USD; look for the player to launch on November 17th just in time to ruin Sony’s day. However, Microsoft once again denied the existence of an Xbox 360 with an internal HD-DVD drive, so you might need to wait a bit if you’re gonna hold out for one.