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This review is from: Xbox Official DVD Movie Playback Controller (Video Game)
Although Microsoft asserts that its otherwise splendid console is to be a new generation in home entertainment (a term that stresses the fact it isn't just a game's machine), the machine cannot actually play DVDs out the box without an additional controller. At ..., one would expect to be entitled to at least play films with the standard controller rather like the Playstation 2, but Microsoft have instead opted for this obvious money spinner coming just under a rather hefty ...
This niggle aside, the Xbox Official Controller does allow for rather excellent DVD playback that is superior to that of the Playstation 2 and is at least equal to that of many budget to mid range DVD players out in the market today. Despite rather clumsy aesthetics, the controller is surprisingly functional, with a wide variety of options that include chapter select, bookmarking and a very quick fast-forward function. Unfortunately, most advanced functions can only be accessed from an on-screen menu, something that might irritate those whose patience doesn't go further than instant button presses.
For those already blessed with a DVD player I wouldn't reach for the wallet yet, but for those making their first foray into the wonderful world of DVDs, the Official Xbox DVD Controller is an ideal, if slightly ugly, oppurtunity to see what all the fuss is about.