DVD player for the X-box
Microsoft is buying the DVD players for the X-Box from Ravisent Technologies, which also already build DVD players for the PC. This was announced by Ravisent Technologies, which have already sold 18 million DVD players for the PC.
The X-Box will therefore be available with a DVD player, but the player software should only be available as a Give option. Ravisent Technologies is also equipping the X-Box with a remote control, so that it can be transformed into a 'high-end DVD player'. The Playstation 2 does not have such a remote control. If the X-Box were able to play DVDs ex works, Microsoft would have to make license payments for all consoles, which would have flowed to Sony, among others. That's why Microsoft probably chose this path