Originally Posted by TNO821
The Cell processor?!? Isn't that both a) Overkill and b) way too expensive?
I agree with the rest of your statement, just not the cell part. But hey, if Tosh is willing to take a PS3-sized bath on that hardware, I'd love to have a cell-powered gen 4 HD DVD player on the cheap!
Why would you need a cell processor... for what? That is way overkill. And exactly what benefit would it serve? The issues that need addressing are loading and response times. This is more than likely a memory lag problem than a processor problem. The original toshiba used a 2.4 P4. I think it would be more cost effective to just upgrade it to a dual core AMD or Intel and use better memory.
The last thing Toshiba needs to do is start jacking up the prices now. I say just let the technology eat itself cheaper before the 4th gen.
Does it play the movie? Yes... so there is no reason at this point to go crazy with an upgrade that will pump prices back up.
And besides, the player is only what? 4 months old. The reason BR is going onto a 3rd is that they are still pumping out unfinished specs. Let them catch up and bring your own player costs further down before goiong to a 4th gen.