So you have played the games, listened to some music, and partied with karaoke. What now? Well, if you're in the mood to veg out, why not watch a movie? All the games made for the Xbox run from DVD-formatted discs. Yep, your standard DVD. That means you can watch DVD movies on your Xbox.
Okay, so it is not quite that easy. To be able to watch a DVD movie on your Xbox, you need to first buy the DVD controller, which will set you back $30.
To make it work, you have a small receiver that you plug into one of the game pad ports on the front of the Xbox. The receiver is about an inch long. This means that if you plug it into one of the ports on the left side of the Xbox, you will not be able to open or close the disc draw. If you keep the receiver on the right side, you will have no worries.
After you have done that, you need to throw a couple AAA batteries into the remote control. Then stick in a DVD movie, and sit back to watch the show.
As you might expect, the DVD playback is great. Although the remote is a bit light, it has all the features you would expect to find in a DVD remote (Pause, Menu, and so on).
At the top of the remote is a button called Select that adds some really unique features. You will find a tool that lets you zoom the picture and another that allows you to change the camera angle if the DVD supports multiple camera angles. One of the features I really like is being able to see which DVD chapter you are at. This is reminiscent of DVD players that run from PCs.
Overall, I think the DVD remote is worth buying because the Xbox is a great DVD player. I own five different DVD players, and the Xbox is loaded with more features than the others. The only complaint I have is that I would like the remote control to be heavier, to feel like it's worth $30.