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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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did anyone watch the Xbox scene vid?
By Hyperlite on 1/11/2007 7:32:14 PM , Rating: 3
If you watched that video they had, it was pretty apparent (at least i think so) that they ment business. it wasn't like they cut a hole in the back of the case for the HDMI.

RE: did anyone watch the Xbox scene vid?
By creathir on 1/11/2007 8:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
That is proof enough that this is just not "playing around" up at MS. Plastics being molded... CHIPS being PRINTED... (HANA is larger than ANA) and boards being layed....

They mean serious business...

I would expect to see it within six months, tops, given the level of prototyping they were at.

- Creathir

By Fnoob on 1/11/2007 8:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
I bet you are correct. Watch for a tax return season release to coincide with a Halo 3 release. Gleeeee.

By NullSubroutine on 1/12/2007 1:54:27 AM , Rating: 2
you know, just because its like that in a developers xbox doesnt mean thats what it would look like for consumers. its very possible microsoft purposely put the HDMI on the xbox as unremovable so that noone would sell the AV cable online or that it was easier to impliment than the AV cable.

as for the harddrive, i personally plan to take my 80GB HD out of my laptop when SSD drives come out next year and prices fall (im guessing around nov/dec o-seven).

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