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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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I'm happy
By PitbulI on 9/20/2006 2:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
As a current XBox 360 owner, I'm happy that Microsoft is able to improve their product like they are.

The internal HD-DVD drive does bother me though. If it will be the same price as a normal XBox 360 platinum which I can't believe happening simply because if the drive costs almost 200 dollars, even if they take out the 20 dollar DVD drive, they're still left with a big void in the price to fill.

Just as long as Microsoft doesn't make the HD-DVD drive standard in a few years for games on the 360. I would be left out in the cold then.

Hopefully if it does come out though and it' the same price as a normal platinum, I would be able to use my exchange warranty on it.

RE: I'm happy
By Chillin1248 on 9/20/2006 6:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
I believe Microsoft has stated they are releasing a version of the Xbox360 with HD-DVD and not that the Xbox360 will have HD-DVD as a standard. So look for something like "Xbox 360 Diamond" or "Gold" edition costing roughly between $550 and $600 to be released. Remember that there is a shortage of the 405 wavelength diodes for Blu-Ray, HD-DVD uses pretty much the same thing and it is not like they happened on a magic stash. The HD-DVD edition will most likely be a limited release at first for publicity, afterwards when availibility is better you should see more on store shelves.

Those are my thoughts.


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