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Chris Satchell says Xbox 360 with HDMI is just an experiment at the Microsoft HQ

Last week, pictures of a prototype Xbox 360 with an HDMI connector and a new scaler chip surfaced on the Web. Some took this as a sure sign that Microsoft was surely tooling a new version of its gaming console with updated features and improved technology, perhaps in response to both consumer demands and pressure from competitors.

During an interview with GameSpot at CES, Chris Satchell, general manager of the game developer group at Microsoft, addressed the rumors of an HDMI-enabled Xbox 360. He starts by saying, “We're always working on prototypes and new technologies and just playing with stuff in Redmond to see what's interesting. I think at the moment we have the widest available connections on the system. If you want to get great HD, I think we've got a good solution for that.”

Satchell then sidesteps the question for a bit and talks about the wide array of standards available to consumers and how Microsoft is always keeping an eye on that. He then returns to the original question and says, “At the moment, everything you might have seen is just looking at our experimentation back in Redmond, not really a product that we're thinking about announcing.”

With the Xbox Live Video Marketplace and eventual addition Xbox 360 IPTV, owners of Microsoft’s console will quickly find their 20GB hard drives without adequate storage space in a hurry. Another one of the rumored upcoming upgrades to the Xbox 360 is a bigger hard drive, which has been hinted at previously. Satchell responds to the cries for a roomier drive with the following: “That's not really something we're looking at today. We're very open to feedback on it. As we produce these services, if we see an increase in pressure that's something that will be interesting to look at, but there isn't any announcement today about any new configuration that may or may not be happening.”

Satchell also mentions in the interview that Microsoft currently has no plans to offer an IPTV product directly, instead opting to allow its telco partners to set pricing and bundle options for the product’s eventual rollout.



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Don't forget
By loomis2 on 1/11/2007 6:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 allows the use of ANY comaptible hard drive on the market to be used in the system. I wonder is MS might go that route with the 360. I for one wouldn't mind a 250 gb hard drive sitting next to my system if it means I don't have to buy an outrageously overpriced hard drive from ms. Heck, make it so it only plays stuff from marketplace. That way the 20gb current drive would still be feasable and plenty big enough as is.




RE: Don't forget
By THEiNTERNETS on 1/11/2007 7:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
It would be really nice to see them sell the enclosure for something like $20 and then let you put your own 2.5" or 3.5" drive in there.

Then, as you say, people could get exactly the size of hard drive they want. A 80gb Seagate is just $40 bucks on Newegg! That's quadruple the current storage available at a total price point of $60. MS would be wise to cash in on this, if only to quell PS3 advantage in this area.

Optimally they'd just let you use one via usb ala their HD-DVD Drive. Then they could really sell themselves as a customizable open-ended console since you could turn around and use part of the partition for your computer too. With the solid state drives on the way, this idea sounds sexy to me.

Unfortunately, both of these ideas probably make for a great many piracy/hacking concerns but one can dream.

However, I think both make more sense then a proprietary 120gb hard drive.


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