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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: hmm..
By vanka on 9/20/2006 5:37:03 PM , Rating: 3
And DRM is needed because people cannot be trusted to legally copy material.

Ok, so start treating your customers like criminals; this is what gave Sony the bad image it currently has in the first place. Here's the thing: most people will not pirate movies, music, games, whatever and those that do will find a way around the DRM. I know people who buy a game and the first thing they do is go online to find a crack to get around all the disc checking and other copy protection cr@p. I myself have done this to get around waiting for five minutes while the disc is being verified or whatever.

In my opinion the various copy protections inconvienence legit users more than they do the pirates. I think Valve had the right idea when they released Half-Life; a unique serial key without which you cannot play online. True they had some issues with keygens at first, but they straitened that out. When HL first came out I borrowed it from my friend, but was unable to play online so I went out and bought the platinum version. For me the online play (DM and CS) was more important than the single player game, single play was like an extended demo for me.

RE: hmm..
By michal1980 on 9/20/06, Rating: -1
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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