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I called Toshiba yesterday and they told me the ports are for hooking up usb game controllers to play games on the disks. Has anyone found any games on the movies yet? Maybe we could make a list of which movies have games on them or links to internet games, and another list of compatible usb controllers.
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300 I believe is the first HDDVD title to have a "game" included, and is due to be released soon.

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I'm wondering if it could be used to hook up a USB wireless adapter...

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Looks like i'll be ordering 300 this weekend. Have to go to work right now, but tonight i'll try all my usb game controllers and even mice to see if I can get any respnse yet at all. I;m hoping one will let me navigate the menues without the remote so I can update to firmware 2.0 on my A2 since my dog ate my remote. I have a remote ordered, but it'll probably be about a week before it arrives.
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I'm wondering if it could be used to hook up a USB wireless adapter...

They didn't say anything about that, but game controllers make sense why there are two usb instesd of one on my A2.
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Ok, that would make Dragon's Lair quite playable as opposed to using the remote. I'm gonna file this under "believe it when I see it" for now, but sounds very interesting!
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..... since my dog ate my remote. ......


That is frickin' hillarious. That sounds like something my little sister would have said to a teacher when she was in high school. hahahahahahaha


I agree. The Dragon's Lair aspect does sound interesting.

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I'm wondering if it could be used to hook up a USB wireless adapter...

What kind of USB wireless adapter? Are you talking about front-ending the player with a receiver to allow the use of "Wireless USB standard" devices? I'd think that as long as the input the player sees is from a supported USB device, that is to say, the Wireless USB receiver is transparent to the player, there should be no problem.

OTOH, if you're talking about a wireless networking adapter, then probably not. That would almost certainly require a specific device driver to be written into the firmware.

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The USB port is there for future interactive features. A game controller is the most common mentioned.

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The USB ports are also for add-on hardrives or flash memory, for storing downloaded content.

HD-DVD's can be upgraded with new menus, audio tracks, etc that can be downloaded. This is a feature that HD-DVD supports, but that doesn't mean all titles support (or need) it. For now I don't know any that do, but the capability is there.

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Has anyone tried sticking a USB memory stick in one of the ports and seeing if it comes up in the memory screen of the setup menu? I haven't tried it myself, but it would be great for downloads and firmware updates. Also, put me in the believe it when I see it column. Who will be the first to post that they have actually been able to get anything recognized by the USB ports?
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Would be very cool to use the player to play music and video stored on a usb drive. I just purchased a 16GB USB drive recently and that would be great. They'd have to update the firmware to allow the player to manage and play them though. I imagine that would be a nightmare.

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I think that a future firmware update should also allow you to connect an external USB hard drive for persistent storage.

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hmmm after all the hdi software is microsoft maybe you use the xbox 360 remote controller as it is usb as well.
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Would be very cool to use the player to play music and video stored on a usb drive. I just purchased a 16GB USB drive recently and that would be great. They'd have to update the firmware to allow the player to manage and play them though. I imagine that would be a nightmare.

I've an idle 40GB USB2.0 drive that I'd be happy to donate to my player if it had a good use for it! For that matter, it could have access to my LAN drives if it would help !
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it doesn't do anything. i loaded my thumb drive with a couple of wmv hd trailers from the look and sound of perfect website, and nothing, it does nothing for now.
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I have posted this long time ago but it went missing.
The USB extension ports can be used for

1. Firmware upgrade via Memory stick or external HDD.
2. Playback of pictures, music and videos including HD trailers in various formats.
3. Hooking up USB keyboard for easy browsing of the interactive features and games.

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I have posted this long time ago but it went missing.
The USB extension ports can be used for

1. Firmware upgrade via Memory stick or external HDD.
2. Playback of pictures, music and videos including HD trailers in various formats.
3. Hooking up USB keyboard for easy browsing of the interactive features and games.

Are you saying it can do this now?
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I have posted this long time ago but it went missing.
The USB extension ports can be used for

1. Firmware upgrade via Memory stick or external HDD.
2. Playback of pictures, music and videos including HD trailers in various formats.
3. Hooking up USB keyboard for easy browsing of the interactive features and games.


Yes, any information about these features is greatly appreciated.

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