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1080p support announced for XBOX 360 at Tokyo Game Show - dashboard update coming this year

2Old2Play has posted an article with some early coverage from the 2006 Tokyo Game Show. According to an announcement made early this morning, Microsoft's XBOX 360 game console will receive a dashboard update this year to enable 1080p support.

The forthcoming dashboard update will enable support for 1080p (1920x1080) resolution; however, the current lack of an HDMI cable for the XBOX 360 means this resolution will only be supported over component and VGA. Existing games and DVDs will be able to take advantage of this resolution through the upscaling feature of the XBOX 360, but no "native 1080p content" has been prepared for release as of yet.

With the advent of the HD DVD add-on drive and the rumors of a new XBOX 360 with an internal HD DVD drive, the update to include 1080p support may be part of the "surprise" Microsoft claimed was in store to counter Sony's PlayStation 3, scheduled to launch in Japan on November 11 (November 17 for North America).



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RE: hmm..
By nerdboy on 9/20/2006 11:50:59 AM , Rating: 1
and also DRM Blows


RE: hmm..
By michal1980 on 9/20/06, Rating: -1
RE: hmm..
By h0kiez on 9/20/2006 12:46:03 PM , Rating: 4
I'm right here (Sony basher).

If you read dailytech from time to time, you should already know that there a multitude of reasons to hate Sony. This is just one of them. Either way, MS still gives you the choice as to whether you want the HD DVD player or not. Sony forced Blu-Ray on you because they want to control the HD media market and get all the licensing fees from every media studio that makes Blu-Ray content.

So the PS3 "comes with" Blu-Ray...fine. I'm not angry that it's in there, I just think it's stupid that Sony has delayed the PS3 by...what, over a year already? Not to mention that there still extremely tight supple of the blue-laser diodes necessary for the PS3. The bottom line is that all this tech in the PS3 isn't ready fro primetime quite yet (Cell processor yields...), but Sony feels necessary to stuff it all in (all at a huge loss per system) because they just want to shove another proprietary format down the world's throat.

Even if you were able to effectively rebut everything that I have said, I would still dislike Sony's business practices for MANY other reasons (proprietary formats in cameras, PSP, rootkits, battery recall). These reason are legit. Consumers are and should be mad at Sony for a lot of this crap. I'm not a fanboy of MS or anyone else...and if the PS3 is fantastic, I'll get one in a year. But how about you stop living in a world where everyone that actually stands up against a company whose practices are anti-consumer and unethical is a fanboy.


RE: hmm..
By michal1980 on 9/20/06, Rating: -1
RE: hmm..
By h0kiez on 9/20/2006 3:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
Hey...nobody hated Sony 3 years ago. Regardless of whether you think it's deserved or not, everyone didn't just up and decide and start bashing them. They worked very hard to earn all the bashing. I'm all for them wanting to make money, etc., and they of course have the right to release whatever products they wish at whatever time they wish with whatever features they wish. But do you really want a DRM-laden standard developed by a company that less than 1 year prior installed rootkits onto tens of thousands of computers?

As for the format war...it is stupid in a sense. Both have well more capacity than they need to store a full length movie at 1080p with all the bells and whistles with proper compresssion. Many 1st gen Blu-Ray titles look like crap (widely reported) due to stupid choices of compression formats, but in the end, I have no doubt that a movie on either one will end up looking the same.


RE: hmm..
By Soccerman06 on 9/20/2006 4:51:17 PM , Rating: 4
Where have you been? People on this board have hated Sony long before the anouncement of the PS3, try back when the Emotion chip from when the PS2 was launched, people hated Sony because of the overhype they did, ya it was revolutionary but those pre-rendered scenes shown at E3 and whatnot are just not real.


RE: hmm..
By JNo on 9/21/2006 8:56:57 AM , Rating: 4
yah exactly and emotion wasn't even revolutionary - revolutionary would imply that graphics in xbox, dreamcast and PC were left far behind.

Which they weren't.

And it didn't even get me very emotional either :/


RE: hmm..
By h0kiez on 9/20/2006 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
Also...forgot to mention...as far as the killer app, I won't disagree that the 360 needs some more great games. I have said since I go it that many things about it are nearly perfect...the wireless controllers, the dashboard and interface, XB Live, integration with Media Center PCs, the hackabilty :)...and that a few killer games is what it needs. But Oblivion is one glaring exception...and I think that several more killer apps (Gears of War), Forza 2, and please lord hurry up and make a new Ninja Gaiden...all these should change that pretty soon (hopefully).


RE: hmm..
By tuteja1986 on 9/20/2006 5:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think lost odyssey is the last hope for Microsoft in the Japanese market. The demo they showed at Microsoft TGS 2006 press conference was absolutely stunning in graphic wise ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9tMOMRboWs


RE: hmm..
By Arkham1 on 9/20/2006 9:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the ignorance behind all the Sony=Rootkit nonsense. That was Sony BMG, a company that licenses the Sony name, not Sony Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, etc. Sony Computer Entertainment is practically the black-sheep of the family, they've never gotten along with the other guys. There are plenty of better reasons to bag on Sony without bringing batteries and rootkits into it.

The level of M$fanboy venom this generation is staggering. I think it all started with those coked-up fratboy reps they started hiring during the first XBOX marketing era...


RE: hmm..
By fenderkb76 on 9/20/2006 10:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Never mind that the Xbox 360 will have been available (at least in some quantities) for a year prior to the release of the PS3. Given the electronics product cycle, consumers should DEMAND much more for the same amount of money given that a full year would have passed. You also can't put a price on the enjoyment that Xbox 360 owners have had for a full year while Sony fanboys have bashed the 360 saying how much better the PS3 will be. By the way, it's going to be just as hard or harder to get your hands on a PS3 this year as it was the 360 last year.


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