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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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Component and VGA needed anyway
By Sunday Ironfoot on 9/20/2006 12:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
...however, the current lack of an HDMI cable for the XBOX 360 means this resolution will only be supported over component and VGA.

Component and VGA also needed for 720p and 1080i.

Also I thought 1080p wasn't possible over analogue based cables (vga, component etc.)?

RE: Component and VGA needed anyway
By tophat on 9/20/2006 12:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
HD resolution is entirely possible with component video. They're pushing HDMI for the DRM. In this case, I don't know how they're going to enforce the DRM over component.

By clementlim on 9/20/2006 12:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought too. Seems like a software conveys data through an analogue medium and into a "component" that processed it as HD and then pass through HDMI or DVI-HD or something like that and into the HDCP+HDMI/DVI-HD ready screen...seems like a way to pirate content by "modifying" the as-said "component".

Just a useless thought...or is it?

RE: Component and VGA needed anyway
By h0kiez on 9/20/2006 1:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah...initially they said that everything would be downscaled if you weren't using an HDCP compliant box/display/cable(HDMI), etc. I always wondered how they expected to get any market penetration whatsoever with the small amount of HDCP-capable TVs out there. My guess is that they're relaxing it a little...and obviously opening up a huge hole for pirates by transmitting the full 1080p over analog cables.

By masteraleph on 9/20/2006 4:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed, it will be downscaled, if the disc has an ICT (Image Constraint Token).

Of course, all the major studios have agreed not to deploy ICTs until at least 2010, but hey...(note that the core version of the PS3 doesn't feature HDCP capabilities either)

RE: Component and VGA needed anyway
By theapparition on 9/20/2006 1:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
Component has more than enough bandwidth to handle HDTV and was infact the first HDTV interface.
As for VGA, if your looking at your monitor in 1600x1200 your at about the same bandwidth of 1080P.

One reason that both of these standards (and DVI) were abandoned was the lack of copy protection.....ah, yes....DRM to f' us again. That is why you will never see component inputs on consumer level equipment.

HDMI is neat that it carries the audio signal, small cable but it also has the broadcast protection circuitry built in. And that doesn't just mean Blu-ray and HD-DVD. The protection can also be implemented by networks so you can't record TV anymore. Say goodbye to TIVO in the future for some programs. Want to watch the big game, but its your wife's birthday and have to go out. If the NFL doesn't want you recording it........your out of luck. Time to keep that old analog VCR/DVD player. Mark my words....its coming.

I have a D-VHS (<--yes, a VCR) that outputs HDTV at 1080i. It uses component out, and to record, I use firewire hooked up to my cable box. JVC also has an HDMI version. SDTV records at 50hrs per tape, with about 6hrs HDTV. Much cheaper than HD-DVD, and forget Blu-ray. Oh yeah.....I've had it for over two years why everyone else fought. I know tape is tape, but its worked fine for me and I already have a library of movies and sports on HDTV. I'll wait on HDDVD vs BRD until one standard.

The console wars will be very interesting this Christmas season.

By Vertigo101 on 9/20/2006 6:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
Notice that DVI supports HDCP, and HDMI is simply a repackaged DVI interface with digital audio support thrown in.

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