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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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But what sort of 1080p?
By JNo on 9/20/2006 2:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
But will the xbox 360 support 1080p24, 1080p30 or 1080p50/1080p60? If not the latter 50/60 fps, does that mean games would be limited to 30 fps at 1080 resolution? Also, will any games experience slow down at 1080 vs 720? And is will it be mandatory for game developers to make sure their games run smoothly at 1080, or just 720 like originally?

answers on a postcard please..
(ok go on then, you can just post a comment instead)

RE: But what sort of 1080p?
By Chris Peredun on 9/20/2006 2:31:25 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately I wasn't able to find anything more specific than "1080p" - it should be at least 1080p30, since that's the same effective bandwidth as the currently supported 1080i60.

Regarding the issues of rendering games at 1920x1080 - I have faith that the XBOX 360's full power hasn't even begun to be tapped yet. In addition, not every game needs to run at 60fps. While I wouldn't want to play Burnout 5 at anything less than "eye scorching" rates, a slower-paced RPG like Oblivion is quite fine at 30fps.

RE: But what sort of 1080p?
By EclipsedAurora on 9/21/2006 2:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
Frankly speaking, I don't believe even the full power of original had been tapped out yet.

Take a look on PS2, it take 6 yrs in order to have a 1080i resolution game GT4, which most people believe it is the unlocked the full potential of the 6 yrs old PS2 technology.

But M$ would like you to upgrade ur console after 3 yrs, they simply put their business method from PC to consoles.

RE: But what sort of 1080p?
By EclipsedAurora on 9/21/2006 2:50:18 AM , Rating: 2
I mean the original XBox1

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