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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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Diehard PC Gamer
By thebrown13 on 1/12/2007 12:13:01 AM , Rating: 0
Picked up an Xbox 360 today. NOT regretting it. Fine piece of machinery.

RE: Diehard PC Gamer
By daftrok on 1/12/2007 2:05:45 AM , Rating: 3
True, but this only Microsoft BS is starting to annoy me. Only Microsoft HDD, only Microsoft wireless, only Microsoft Webcam, only Microsoft cable to charge controller. COME ON ALREADY. Give us a chance to expand without you!

RE: Diehard PC Gamer
By Xeronix on 1/12/2007 3:13:07 AM , Rating: 2
And yet people only seem to complain about Sony's proprietary stuff

RE: Diehard PC Gamer
By otispunkmeyer on 1/12/2007 3:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
well at least sony go to the touble of designing a new format for their proprietry stuff (memory stick, mini-disc, Atrac3 etc)

the 360 uses normal stuff you find on a PC like USB ports..yet bar plugging in an external drive to give you some limited storage options you cant use anything non-MS

infact im not sure my MS VX3000 web cam would work on the 360, and for all intents and purposes its the same bloody camera, just in a different box

RE: Diehard PC Gamer
By lamerz4391 on 1/12/2007 1:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh? Should Microsoft go and bloat up the Xbox 360 with a million different drivers and all sorts of legacy support for different devices like they do on the PC? Be careful what you wish for. Windows bloat is a common complaint, and much of it is due to legacy junk and support for a vast array of hardware.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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