Xbox 360 at $260 + HDDVD @ $200 can't be beat.!
For only around $460 or less you can indeed get true HD DVD with standard RGB component outputs to a HDTV display that looks life like.
Plus there are already more HD DVD movie titles than you could have time to watch available on shelves at store e.g. Best Buy and online ordering. Prices range from around $25 up to around $40 for dual format HD + Standard DVD on the same single disk. And it won't take long before there are as many HDDVD titles as Bluray. Finally if the Blueray disks can hold more capacity, but none of the publishers are giving you any extra content on that blank space, then what good is that, and why pay more for unused capacity? Doesn't make economic sense, IMHO.
And see other posts re. Xbox360 Zephyr that reportedly will be an incremental upgrade with HDMI output on the cable. If they make the new unit and cable compatible with the current Xbox 360, then you might only have to buy the newer HD cable to get HDMI connection to your HDTV or amp. The original/current 360 cable already has optical digital audio interface so you can get state of the art digital audio.
Reportedly Sony has always ad inferior tech support, if you can get any at all, unlike Microsoft. Also (like Pioneer, etc.) you pay way too much for just the Sony name, when there are more affordable alternatives of equal or better quality. Just compare a Sony Vaio to Toshiba notebook PCs, and the proprietary Sony memory sticks to the industry standard SD memory cards, for proof, then tell me that I'm wrong on that point.
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