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The answer is complicated because gaming and DVD/HD DVD requirements are impacted differently.
Right. I understand completely :) . So you're saying that there will be answer as to whether HD DVDs can be played on the 360 add-on using HDMI?
 

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Right. I understand completely :) . So you're saying that there will be answer as to whether HD DVDs can be played on the 360 add-on using HDMI?
No :). I meant the answer to whether you can do things like 24p over VGA.
 

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amir, when did microsoft start seriously planning the hd dvd addon?


were strategic purchasing/supply arrangements put in place well in advance to secure drives/blue lasers?
 

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do you think we need a separate xbox 360/hd dvd addon insiders q&a thread? :D;)
I hope not as that would surely mean that I have to go and get a gaming handle :D.
 

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amir, when did microsoft start seriously planning the hd dvd addon?


were strategic purchasing/supply arrangements put in place well in advance to secure drives/blue lasers?
Soon after we announced support for HD DVD as a format last year. And yes, securing the drive was the #1 criteria. This is why we announced the option at CES, rather than before....
 

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No :). I meant the answer to whether you can do things like 24p over VGA.
LOL! I'm going to keep trying to get an answer as to whether there will be an answer so that we all can get an answer :D . 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 ;) .
 

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LOL! I'm going to keep trying to get an answer as to whether there will be an answer so that we all can get an answer :D . 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 ;) .
I'd like to know as well. Esecially for the audio and it not being crippled.
 

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Amir,


When can we get the specs for the add on? I believe many people want answers to the how the advanced audio codecs will be handled but those questions tend to get skipped over.


Thanks,

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Amir,


I have one question (I signed up especially for that ;) ):


I have an US console but I'm located in Europe at the moment (and I took my box along). Can I just go to a shop here, purchase an european HDDVD AddOn and hook it up to my US X360?


Or do I have to wait until I get back to the states (can take some time) due to some restrictions (HW or SW wise) that prevent operation of an european AddOn with my Xbox?


Thanks

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No it will not. As you know, the current US standard for digital TV is MPEG-2 so the system simply records that stream unchanged.
When MPEG4 is introduced, will it record that too unchanged?
 

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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.
 

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OK, since I have used up my budget of "no comments" :), I guess I have to answer this one. The drive is built by TSST which is the joint Samsung/Toshiba optical manufacturing plant (same place that also makes BD drives :)). For a sense of its performance, you can look at Toshiba laptops. The drive is more performant and has better characteristics than the NEC drive used in Toshiba 1G players.



No, there is no AACS hold up. Niveous ( http://www.niveus.com/ ) announced an HD DVD media center PC at CEDIA (actually two models).



I don't keep up with their schedules Chris. But I know they are working hard to get it done :).
Thanks!

Chris
 

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Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
Thanks!


Will there be 5.1 or 7.1 analog output option available then?
 

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Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
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Amir,



It is great somebody finally admitted there is no HDMI option. I would, however, like to phrase it a bit different and ask a similar question: Is the 360 hardware capable (out of the box) of supporting HDMI at all, forgetting all manner of potential dongles with built in Analog-to-Digital converters and HDCP chips?


Thanks so much for the great info thus far Amir!!
 

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Amirm, you seem to be dancing around the question of whether the XBox addon drive could be connected to a PC. I guess you guys don't want this to happen due to subsidising the cost? Stand alone PC drives seem to be a whole lot more expensive than the addon.


Specifically:

1. can the addon be plugged into a PC via USB and function?

2. can it be removed from the case and inserted into a PC to function (IDE or SATA interface?)


Even if you choose not to answer, no doubt people will attempt such things shortly after release and we'll find out anyway :)
 

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Amir, does the drive inside your 360 HD-DVD addon integrate the necessary AACS keys for itself or are those handled in the control chips outside the drive? (I think looking at my last few questions you get the point behind this one ;) )


What are your comments about this poll:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=727508


There are much more HTPC/MCE users going to/"who would like to :rolleyes: " buy and use the 360 HD-DVD addon than xBox 360 owners... (note: this poll is NOT from the HTPC forum. Therefor I assume at least as many xbox 360 owners reading it or participating in it than HTPC users - just to point out the statistical value of the data...)


GREAT choice/decision about the King Kong bundle btw!


Thank you very much!
 

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Is HD-DVD getting more studio support? If so, which studio's have signed on or are planning on signing on? Sorry if it's been asked before but I don't care to read 87 pages about video codes.
 
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