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Old 20-09-2006, 20:27:27   #1
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Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive: $170US; free software update enables 1080p movies & games...

Another nail in the coffin for Sony?

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I had a chance to talk to Shane Kim, who recently named the corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, about the day's announcements over in Tokyo.

If you missed the news check out the full press release on the jump, but in a nutshell Microsoft announced the Japan price and date for the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360. More importantly, they announced that the fall software update for the console will allow the console to output game and movie content in 1080p resolution. That's right I said movies and games.

The interview was exactly 10 minutes long, so naturally I spent nine minutes trying to figure out just how a console with no HDMI out would gain 1080p output with a software update.

Kim was clear that the console could support true 1080p out.

"If it is running at 720p we will up-res it to 1080p, (interesting... everything if you set it for 1080p?) if it it's already 1080p then we can display it in 1080p," he said. " This is a great example of our console's ability and the great advantage of being a software company."

Kim said that while the console will soon support 1080p out, it will not have an HDMI out.

"We have the ability to output either through VGA or component. We have no HDMI announcement now," he said. "We do have the capability to deliver the software and, if needed, the hardware."

I pointed out that some movie studios have said they will use HDMI output as a form of copy protection and Kim acknowledged that if a studio uses that scheme then HDMI will indeed be required.

While Kim expects that some third-party game developers will create 1080p games, he said that 720p will likely remain the norm.

"We believe 720p is the sweet-spot for high definition," he said, adding that Microsoft Game Studio titles will, for now, continue to be created at 720p.

While the release of a low-cost HD-DVD player for the 360 could help make the console more competitive against Sony's upcoming PS3, Kim things the main development that could help jumpstart 360 sales in Japan are game titles.

Kim said that Microsoft plans to have 110 titles available for the 360 by the end of the year in Japan and 160 in North America.

"It's all going to be about the content and how customers value the content," he said.

Hit the jump for the official press release with details on new Live games, the Pac-Man World Championships, Xbox 360's HD-DVD player, some new titles and XNA support in Japan.
MS also confirmed that the 360 will upscale regular DVDs to 720p or 1080p, depending on the capabilities of your TV.
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Old 08-10-2006, 00:14:58   #2
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Combine that with the price of the console and it's almost as expensive as the PS3. Not sure that qualifies as a nail in the coffin.
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Old 08-10-2006, 00:58:43   #3
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No, but it allows for more rapid adoption of the console while at the same time appeasing people who want high-def DVDs.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:25:21   #4
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MS admit Xbox 360 won't play all HDTV titles
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I pointed out that some movie studios have said they will use HDMI output as a form of copy protection and Kim acknowledged that if a studio uses that scheme then HDMI will indeed be required.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
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Old 09-10-2006, 16:43:51   #5
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All of the studios have agreed not to use that until 2011 at the earliest, and it's expected they won't even bother then.
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Old 10-10-2006, 23:53:53   #6
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That is beyond gibberish I reckon.
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