Xbox 360 to get high-definition 1080p resolution support

By Derek Sooman on September 21, 2006, 8:22 AM
Microsoft has announced that it is to update all Xbox 360 consoles to give them the ability to display at the high-definition 1080p resolution before the end of the year. The company has pledged to release a software update which will allow Xbox 360 consoles to output game and movie content in 1080p. The update will be released later this year. It should be noted, however, that the Xbox 360 does not have an HDMI output, meaning that it will not be possible to view HD DVDs in 1080p.

Microsoft has also announced launch information for an external HD DVD drive. The new drive will launch in Japan on November 17, and will retail for 19,800 ($170). It comes with its own remote control. Currently, there are no details about the pricing for a US launch, but a similar launch date in the US and a price of $199 is expected.

Microsoft is expected to exploit the shortage of the PS3 throughout Xmas period with different Xbox 360 systems along with their inexpensive HD DVD drive add-on.

In terms of games, we do not expect to see any games produced explicitly for 1080p resolution. The Xbox 360 will be able to upscale 720p content to 1080p, however, so users with fully loaded TVs can take advantage. As such, 1080p on the Xbox 360 isn't exactly earth shattering, but it is a nice bonus for a system that was never sold with the promise of a resolution upgrade.




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darth_terra1 said:
I can't see why your not able to see HD-DVD movies in 1080p, Component is capable of it and the PS3 does it even with the 20gb version that doesn't have HDMI, is it a restriction with the 360 hardware.
spydercanopus said:
[b]Originally posted by darth_terra1:[/b][quote]I can't see why your not able to see HD-DVD movies in 1080p, Component is capable of it and the PS3 does it even with the 20gb version that doesn't have HDMI, is it a restriction with the 360 hardware. [/quote]It may be able to show a picture at 1080p but it sure has heck isn't going to be crisp. 1080 is nearly twice as much resolution as 720. The PS3 that doesn't have the HDMI simply doesn't include the cable. It has the port.I think its stupid of microsoft to make you buy all these extras. A hippo is a hippo. I hope the Wii doesn't try to be a an XBOX like the XBOX is trying to be a PS3. Microsoft should find their own niche and stop trying to be a PS3.
Berserk_Fury said:
[b]Originally posted by spydercanopus:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by darth_terra1:[/b][quote]I can't see why your not able to see HD-DVD movies in 1080p, Component is capable of it and the PS3 does it even with the 20gb version that doesn't have HDMI, is it a restriction with the 360 hardware. [/quote]It may be able to show a picture at 1080p but it sure has heck isn't going to be crisp. 1080 is nearly twice as much resolution as 720. The PS3 that doesn't have the HDMI simply doesn't include the cable. It has the port.I think its stupid of microsoft to make you buy all these extras. A hippo is a hippo. I hope the Wii doesn't try to be a an XBOX like the XBOX is trying to be a PS3. Microsoft should find their own niche and stop trying to be a PS3.[/quote]the 20gb version does not include the port for hdmi, and both versions will not have a cable. Microsoft is so scared, look they are launching HDDVD in japan on the PS3 launch day, they finally realized that sony has too many patriots.
Supra said:
[b]Originally posted by darth_terra1:[/b][quote]I can't see why your not able to see HD-DVD movies in 1080p, Component is capable of it and the PS3 does it even with the 20gb version that doesn't have HDMI, is it a restriction with the 360 hardware. [/quote]It can't play movies at 1080p because component cables are not digital so they dont support HDCP(content protection) all because movie studios dont want you to have any way to copy 'their' movies... 1080p is only possible(for movies) if you have DVI or HDMI ports on your movie player and TV and no other way.
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