Originally Posted by Civuck
Thanks to Amir for his time and patience answering all our endless questions.
My pleasure. The timing has been good as I have had time to keep up. Will be able to do the same tomorrow but then on the plan to Japan and offline for a bit...
For my part, my question to Amir is whether we will see any enhanced on-screen details while watching DVDs or HD-DVDs such as bit-rate, codec, etc.
No plan really. These things are not accurate and are simply eye candy. There is no way to have accurate real-time data on variable rate streams like video. There is a buffer that fills and empties, masking the true data rate. I chuckle when I see people talk about specific numbers spitting out of PS3 for some video segment. I see multi-second delay between the true peaks and what PS3 shows for example.
As a Westinghouse LCD owner, it appears we are among the lucky who seem to currently have the best VGA performance. My 47" set looks fantastic at 1080p although admittedly I did have to tweak my brightness, color levels quite a bit to reach this picture quality. I doubt the spring update will be able to offer any picture quality improvements as it's about perfect now.
Yes, some of these displays targetted at PC use have better data paths than consumer LCDs. Per my ealier note, my Samsung overscans and try as I might, I could not get anyone at their booth to underand me at CES, let alone plan to fix that. Had the same reaction from Sharp people, sad to say.
My final question which I apologize may have been answered already is whether we will ever see Xvid/DivX support on the 360.
No plans really. The problem is more on the business side, than technical, when you are a company our size.