Originally Posted by Ian_S
Can I ask what hardware will be required other than the obvious HD-DVD or BD drive to play the new discs on a PC? Will existing PC's be able to play these movies or will people have to upgrade to HDCP compliant displays and graphics cards? How will it all work and will XP support it?
Thanks, great thread,
As you know, there are two HD DVD based laptops available and one for BD. The former two are from Acer (with an amazing 20+ inch LCD!) and Toshiba. And the latter of course from Sony. All of them rely on fair amount of accelleration in the GPU for AVC, and light to none for VC-1. They use dual-core CPUs. So far, VC-1 HD DVD playback seems fine for a single stream at least and MPEG-2 for BD.
So if laptops can do it, desktop machines that you buy now should be fine. But real horsepower will come next year when the GPUs take on a lot more of of the decode...
Trying to find the right component on your own though, is a bit risky. The HD DVD/BD players have special code for the above laptops currently. Until you see the equiv. desktop solutions, all bets are off as to whether they work or not.
I would think a lot more of these answers come to light in a few months...