Xbox 360 HD DVD drive used on PCs

— 1:54 PM on November 13, 2006

Microsoft's newly-released HD DVD drive is intended for use with Xbox 360 consoles only, but some users have already managed to get the device working on a Windows PC. The HD DVD drive uses simple USB connectivity, so plugging it in is no great task. Finding drivers to make the device actually work is a little trickier, but leaked Toshiba drivers can reportedly be used without hiccups. Once properly installed, the drive can display the contents of HD DVD discs in Windows Explorer, and some users even claim to have successfully played back movies using a Japanese version of Intervideo's WinDVD 8.0 Platinum. Of course, playing back HD DVD movies on a PC requires fairly beefy hardware, and as Engadget states, this workaround may not work for much longer.

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