US gamers are just starting to get their hands on the HD-DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360. The drive, which costs $199, allows users to play next-gen movies through their next-gen console.
The add-on unit is basically a 5.25" drive in a USB housing, and enterprising hackers have discovered that you can hook it up to a PC and play HD movies through that.
The hack seems to be as simple as finding a generic HD-DVD drive driver, then getting PowerDVD or WinDVD with the HD-DVD upgrade on, then plugging in the drive over USB and sticking a disc in. Hardly rocket science!
Presumably, you could even remove the drive from the casing and plug it directly into your PC over SATA, mounting it in a spare drive bay and earning some serious kudos.
The guys at UneasySilence
, who discovered the hack, have also got some good pictures of the drive stripped down.
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