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My friend's Xbox 360's dvd drive won;t read games anymore (pathetic, the 360's qualty is atrocious) and he;s had it over a year. Microsoft will only replace it it if it has the red ring of death or its like $150 to replace the drive.

My question is, does the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive play games? He'd much rather pay the $50 for the HD DVD player than 150 to get it repaired.
    
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It doesnt read games.
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My friend's Xbox 360's dvd drive won;t read games anymore (pathetic, the 360's qualty is atrocious) and he;s had it over a year. Microsoft will only replace it it if it has the red ring of death or its like $150 to replace the drive.

My question is, does the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive play games? He'd much rather pay the $50 for the HD DVD player than 150 to get it repaired.
Well that's the good part about getting the Red Rings because if you do you get a +2 year extended warranty! Anyway, no it doesn't play/read games, it does exactly what it says "HD DVD Player".

As for repairing your 360, you should take it to a local Best Buy or Circuit City and see if you can purchase a warranty on the system (only if he still has the receipt).
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yeah, its quite a annoying that a drive would die right after a year. Maybe lots of heating and cooling might fix the situation
    
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a regular hddvd player cant read xbox360 games but a xbox360 hddvd player can
    
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Turn it on and stick it over the heater with a towel on it
    
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i'm sorry but honestly why would you think it ran xbox games, when it (usually) comes with a free movie and says HD-DVD all over it?? MS hasn't even thought about going to blu-ray just yet...
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i'm sorry but honestly why would you think it ran xbox games, when it (usually) comes with a free movie and says HD-DVD all over it?? MS hasn't even thought about going to blu-ray just yet...
easy spaz, its not liek an hd dvd player is sipmly for hd dvd's, has it not occured to you that they play dvds and cds as well?

oh, and to the towel thin, that jsut overheats it and causes 2 rings.
    
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It cannot play xbox 360 games because its USB 2.0 bandwidth... The internal DVD drive is SATA. (roughly x6 faster). If it could play games load times would be unbearably long and frame rates would be minorly affected. They are covering their own asses a simpleton wouldnt understand why this is happening and would probably assume their xbox is broken or something.... and so on u get the idea.
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It cannot play xbox 360 games because its USB 2.0 bandwidth... The internal DVD drive is SATA. (roughly x6 faster). If it could play games load times would be unbearably long and frame rates would be minorly affected. They are covering their own asses a simpleton wouldnt understand why this is happening and would probably assume their xbox is broken or something.... and so on u get the idea.
That's not why. Just 'cause SATA's bandwidth is 3.0Gb/s doesn't mean that the drive can transfer data that fast (HDDVD will not transfer data that fast). No typical commercial drive can transfer data that quickly. Look at even high-performance RAID0 hard drive arrays (HD's can read/write data much more quickly than optical drives can)--the good arrays (more than 2 drives, etc.) will top out at just below 400MB/s on a SATAII channel. A 1x HD DVD drive can read 4.3 MB/s--a 6x can read ~26MB/s--this is well below the bandwidth of USB 2.0 (480Mb/s, or 60MB/s). So even if you had a 12x HD DVD drive/disk, you'd just barely hit the bandwidth limit for USB 2.0--but I don't think 12x HD DVD drives/media are even available yet...other than the xbox's...

The reason why it won't play games is that optical HD DVD drive is just not able to read the xbox game disk, that's all. It's a proprietary product thing. Also, even if you had usb 2.0 bandwidth, you'd still have plenty of bandwidth given how fast the optical drive can read data...
    
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