Originally Posted by amirm
Originally Posted by AFH
So, Amir will there be answer from MS as to whether or not the 360 add-on will be able to play HD-DVDs over HDMI? How does that sound .
Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
You said that there IS
no HDMI option, and the only output options ARE
VGA/Component. I take this to mean that you are talking in present tense, where HDMI option is not present for the xbox360.
But, this was what a Toshiba rep had to say in a Canadian HD-DVD promo tour event (http://marketnews.ca/news_detail.asp?nid=2188
|More news on the HD-DVD front: the price of the HD-DVD option for the Xbox 360 system has been announced as C$199, bringing the cost of an Xbox package capable of playing back the discs at C$700. Curiously, the HDMI connection scheme uses a non-standard cable that would become available â€œsoon afterâ€ the introduction of the player itself in November; but at additional cost. Without HDMI, users would have to rely on un-content-protected component video for high-definition movie playback: not a safe bet over the long haul.
Combine that with this interview IGN.com did with Microsoft in the article posted on their website at http://gear.ign.com/articles/735/735860p1.html
|***Updated 9/28, 2:15 PM PST***
IGN: Can the X360 send out a digital signal now, or ever?
Microsoft Xbox 360 currently doesn't include a digital out connection for video. Our platform is flexible enough to allow support of a digital connection in the future should we choose to do so. When the Xbox 360 was being developed HDMI was nascent and with our current connections we support what the overwhelming majority of consumers have available to them. It's important to note that the market penetration of 1080p displays is in the single digits. Regardless, for those early adopters who have displays and projectors that support 1080p over VGA and component we have a solution and it is a free upgrade for them. We are watching the market closely and will continue to evaluate our solution in the face of consumer demand, but have no announcements regarding additional cables or connections.
Putting two and two together, it does seem that MS is holding its cards close to its chest, but I don't see any need for it other than rationing the good news to its customers in tiny morsels at regular intervals to keep the buzz going.
I hope you or Nyber could clarify if the Xbox360 hardware [as it stands now] could be adapted in the future to output digital video signal using HDMI by using an adapter/dongle and a firmware update [should MS deem it necessary and appropriate], or does it mandate releasing a revised SKU capable of digital video output?
I understand this might come under your corporate strategy and not probably disclosable to public at this time, but if you could answer this, it'd be great.