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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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Economics Lesson
By TGIFnooner on 1/12/2007 4:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
First off, any of us reading this or at this sight have the knowledge and desire to get the Top of the Line with all the bells and whistles. Unfortunately we have to share these items with the rest of the world.

The game is called upgrades. You buy what you need and upgrade to what you want. Why do you think the PS3's are already sitting on shelves. Average Joe can't afford it or use all the extras.

MS was very smart with the 360. Sell what just about everyone can use now at a lower price and allow the Techno Geeks to upgrade to what they want. how many people do you know have a 1080p monitor or want to spend $20 plus on a HD movie. I don't know many. So why on Gods green earth would you price yourself out of a sale with, for the most part, useless hardware. If it would increase the unit cost $200 - $300 to begin with. What difference does it make if you have to spend $200 to $300 in upgrades.

Also know as the law of diminishing returns. Price and volumes have a trade off.

People don't buy a Hummer when they need a Pickup truck.

I will concede the 20gig HD was at least to say skimpy.

RE: Economics Lesson
By RedStar on 1/12/2007 6:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
i agree with what you are saying ...and this is why we have the PC.

If the console did have a mouse/keyboard and the ability to upgrade video card..i would actually think about getting one. I like upgrades.

But, this would water down the xbox brand ...and people would be back to checking hardware specs ...and developers would be supporting the lowest common denominator. There would be no seperation between a console and a PC.

Perhaps this was an artificial seperation to begin with.
Sony has admitted their PS3 is a computer.

If anything this whole thing seems like a validation of the PC. I am all for that :)

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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