The black Xbox 360 Elite with the 120GB is all but officially confirmed by the lips of Microsoft’s public relations machine. A Microsoft XNA Framework Developer, however, may have quietly confirmed the existence of the upcoming revised Xbox 360. Couple this with today’s spy shots of black Xbox 360s on a Chinese production line and the new Elite console is as close to official as it can get.
In a question posed under Microsoft’s Developer Network, a user asked in the XNA Game Studio Express section if any code changes are required to support the HDMI output on the revised Xbox 360. Shawn Hargreaves, XNA Framework Developer at Microsoft, replied simply with “No changes required.”
The comment by Hargreaves marks the first comment from a Microsoft employee acknowledging the HDMI output on the Xbox 360. Furthermore, his reply insinuates that the new HDMI output options will be completely transparent to developers, leaving the video duties completely up to the scaling hardware inside the new Xbox 360.
This could mean that games that don’t natively support 1080p resolution, such as Gears of War, may be upscaled to support the highest HDTV resolution. Movie lovers could be the ones who benefit the most from the added HDMI connection, as current Xbox 360 will only send a maximum signal of 1080i through component cables.
For owners of the current console, using a VGA cable is the only way to hit 1080p, but the upcoming Xbox 360 Elite will finally give home theater fanatics their connector of choice.
quote: Third, the current XBox 360 does NOT support 1080P over component. They promised it would, in my opinion, knowing that 1080P over component is a technical impossibility.
quote: Component cables can carry a 1080p signal but it is not a standard spec and many 1080p TVs do not and will not ever support the capibility to pick up on a 1080p signal over compoent.
quote: Component video is capable of producing signals such as 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
quote: no games are coded in native 1080p resolution
quote: The HD-DVD format uses 1080i