- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
Xbox Official DVD Movie Playback Controller
- Enables DVD movie playback functionality on the Xbox
- Includes remote control
- Infrared receiver plugs into Xbox controller port
- Makes your Xbox a complete entertainment system
- Required for DVD functionality on the Xbox.
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Got an Xbox? Do you enjoy watching DVDs? Then you need one of these. This DVD playback kit unlocks the DVD functionality of Microsoft's powerful Xbox and helps make the console an even more important addition to your home entertainment system.
This remote features large keys that feel rubbery yet firm. The kit sports some of the basic functions you'd expect from a common controller, including chapter skip, play, pause, and number buttons. There's also handy 32x fast-forward and reverse controls.
Pressing the display button calls up a friendly onscreen menu that allows access to more features, including up to 10x magnification, A-B playback loop (for cueing and viewing favourite scenes repeatedly), and subtitle and audio options. It's worth noting that many lower-cost DVD remotes have access to such features through the press of a button.
The fact that this one requires you to use a menu to access such common commands may rankle DVD aficionados, as the menu is a bit slower than using buttons. Still, the menu is quite intuitive and couldn't be much easier to use. For the remote to work, you'll need to plug the included infrared receiver into an open controller port on the Xbox. Most gamers will never need to unplug the receiver again, as you can plug it into the rarely used fourth port.
Interestingly, the receiver works best when the remote is operated almost directly in front of it, and can be a little finicky when signals are sent from the far left or right.
The couch potato crowd won't be thrilled to learn that the remote does not include power or eject buttons. Why such standard features were omitted escapes us, but that is far and away the worst thing we can say about an otherwise decent control. --Mark Brooks
Top Customer Reviews
No power button as people have said - but maybe with the Xbox Linux project, they can develop that functionality with multiple taps of the buttons.
The DVD dongle that fits into the front of the Xbox is simply ugly. I joke not. It's not flush with the machine, it protrudes by a few centimetres at least.
On the up side, the menus on the Xbox itself are pretty cool, and all the text uses that Xbox style.
Anyway, the short answer - no DVD player ? It's worth the spend.
The remote sensor is similarly well-made, clicking solidly in place, flush to the front of the console.
The only real flaws are that it's needed at all (is that a flaw of the remote, or the Xbox, though?), and that it doesn't allow you to eject disks or switch the console off. PS2 owners will be familiar with these gripes- the hardware simply doesn't allow a power-down or eject via the controller port. Sony's recent upgraded PS2s, with built-in remote ports, added this, so it's possible that Microsoft will at some stage. It's unlikely, though and it shouldn't put you off buying this satisfying bit of kit.
since purchasing this item i have never watched a dvd on my PS2, the xbox quality is so much better. the remote if very simple to use, light and even glows in the dark. The speed that you fast forward/rewind is amazing too and i would definetly recommend this to every xbox owner.
If you own an XBox but not a DVD player spending less than 20 quid is a fantastic option compared to spending over 100 quid to get a player of the same quality. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is flawless and if you already have your XBox linked to a surround sound system then the DVD remote will suit you more than a new DVD player will.
There are better players out there but none that will play your favourite games brilliantly and your favourite DVDs quite well.
A must for those people without too much spare cash or space near a tv.
Obviously, the lack of the eject button is not a huge problem, because if you pressed an eject button you would, of course, be intending to get up, go over to the console and change/remove the disc. No harm in that, but it's a little annoying that there's no power button. Never mind, though, because sometime you'll remember to turn the Xbox off.
Just as obviously, the playback kit is a Microsoft con, because technically, the Xbox isn't supposed to even know what a DVD is unless the kit is connected, but instead, the console without the kit plugged in effectively says to you "I know full well this is a DVD and I'm not going to play it unless you spend more on a playback kit."
There's still a problem for Microsoft to answer - will the playback kit be able to be used with the future Xbox consoles, or does it become obselete upon release of the second console? If it becomes useless, I'll change my rating to 2 stars.
Only downside to the remote is the fact that it cannot be used to turn the console on and off, unless you buy a third party modification from [...] which does involve opening up your Xbox to add, but requires no soldering at all, and allows you to turn your Xbox on with either the Display or Select buttons, and off with the 0 button. I myself have installed this without a hitch, and although it costs more, I'm lazy, and so it's worth it ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent but there was a crack in the plastic that attaches to the Xbox but it works perfectly, the remote was immaculate.. Very pleasedPublished 10 months ago by Ms Cindy Annette Abbott
Arrived quickly.Good communication from seller.Just what I needed.ThanksPublished 11 months ago by Sambarfoot