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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: 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)


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