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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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No HDMI? No thanks!
By robber98 on 9/20/2006 1:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
With so many electronic components cramp into a small box, the background noise can easily interfeces the DAC process. Until M$ find a way to add HDMI output, the "1080P over analog cable" is a joke to me.

RE: No HDMI? No thanks!
By EclipsedAurora on 9/21/2006 12:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think XBox's 1080p support is too bad, but u need a quality component video cable that cost you another US$200 for sure.

Also the onboard DAC quality of XBox 360/PS3 are also needed to be concerned. For obtain good 1080p output, we are talking about at least 14bit/216MHz video DAC. As an reference, cheapest DVD player obtain 1080p 14bit/216MHz video DAC is Marantz DV9600, which cost around US$2000. With the extreme high cost to get good quality 1080p output, I don't think both Xbox360 and basic version PS3 will employ this kind of hardware.

RE: No HDMI? No thanks!
By obstreperous on 9/21/2006 8:39:45 AM , Rating: 2
but u need a quality component video cable that cost you another US$200 for sure.

Are you kidding $200 for a component cable?. Component is just 3 x coax cables.

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