Collectors Take Note: Microsoft HD-DVD Player Hits Clearance

March 3rd, 2008 by Benj Edwards

Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive

If you’re a regular reader of VC&G, you know the important role that clearance isles have played in my adventures as a video game collector. Silly as it may seem, collecting vintage computers and classic game systems starts now, in the present. Wise choices can be made as to what will become rare and collectible in the future, and collectors should seize the opportunity to purchase such items while they’re still available through regular retail channels.

Case in point: Thanks to Blu-Ray’s conquest over HD-DVD in the hi-def format wars, Microsoft’s HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360 is now $50 (US) new at Best Buy and Circuit City. Best Buy even has a free HD-DVD movie rebate program that makes the deal much sweeter [expired] If you’re feeling lucky, wait a few months and they may dump them for even less. Otherwise, go for it now. If you’ve got the cash, buy a second and keep it mint in the box.

4 Responses to “Collectors Take Note: Microsoft HD-DVD Player Hits Clearance”

  1. Dezro Says:

    The rebate program is expired. 🙁

    I mean, if you already bought one last month you still have time, but not if you buy one today.

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Aww, man. Thanks for the info, Dezro. I didn’t notice that. Either way, the thing is still a good deal at $50. Obsolete media buffs out there should pick one up.

  3. Layne Says:

    I was given a movie (Chronicals of Riddick, I think) on HD-DVD a while back (they were around $30 at the time). I never got a player, so it has remained unopened. Maybe it will become a collector’s item, too….


  4. Tandy Says:

    If most current gamers are already on their 2nd or 3rd 360 or PS3, how many units will really be around in 20+ years in working condition? These things are built to break. My Intellivision will probably still be alive in 2031, but not that junk.

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