Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Macs and the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive

Yesterday, shortly after I wrote the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive article, my local store got the Xbox 360 HD DVD drives in, so I was able to try it myself on my Macs. As expected, the drive is recognized immediately.


There is a separate Xbox 360 HD DVD Memory Unit listed because HD DVD players must include non-volatile memory for things such as user bookmarks, etc. On my Macs CDs and DVDs play fine using this drive, but commercial HD DVDs are not natively supported by OS X Tiger (yet).


With Windows Vista on my MacBook, commercial HD DVDs are recognized (but are not playable without the correct software). The drive is recognized as a Toshiba DVD/HD X807616 USB Device. Out of interest's sake, I checked out the disc sizes of some HD DVDs. King Kong (a 188 minute movie) is 27.4 GB, but Corpse Bride is only 19 GB. The Polar Express, a reference quality 100 minute disc, is reported to be only 13 GB.

4 comments:

Brian said...

This isn't really relevant to this post, but thanks for answering my question of whether Vista with Aero Glass will run on a MacBook.

The MacBook specs say, "Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory." If I have 2GB or RAM, can/will the MacBook use more than 64MB for the graphics?

Robert Ropars said...

From poking around online it would appear (I'm assuming) you need a newer Mac with the Intel inside? I have an iMac G5 made just before they announced the new ones and I'm assuming this means I can't hook up the MS HD DVD player to mine and expect anything to work right?

Eug said...

Robert, you could plug in the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive into a PowerPC Mac as well. It should work fine for DVDs and such.

However, like I said, there is no software to play back commercial HD DVDs on Macs yet. Furthermore, your G5 iMac is too slow to play back commercial HD DVDs anyway.

Todd said...

I am wondering from reading this I have a HD dvd player with surround sound I would like playing the dvd while viewing it through my imac which does have the intel chip in it. Is this possible and if so what would I need to make it work?