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Toshiba says no to Xbox 360 HD DVD inclusion

Last Friday, Australian website Smarthouse claimed to have word from a Toshiba representative saying that Microsoft and Toshiba are working on an Xbox 360-based entertainment machine that will incorporate an HD DVD drive.

The information ran contrary to what Microsoft has said in the past regarding the never including an HD DVD drive in the Xbox 360 for cost reasons, and that DVD media is still perfectly adequate for this generation of games.

The speculated machine discussed last week, however, supposedly would not be a strict gaming machine, but rather a home media box.

UK-based Stuff spoke with a local Toshiba contact regarding the report and received a denial of development for any such product. “It’s got nothing to do with us,” said the Toshiba representative. “But we know Microsoft doesn’t want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to limit the user’s experience.”

With the rapidly falling prices of HD DVD hardware, it’s conceivable that Microsoft could add an HD DVD drive in a variant of its Xbox 360 console at minimal charge. The added ability to play HD DVD movies would provide a strong bullet point feature to match-up against the PlayStation 3’s Blu-ray Disc playback. Furthermore, with the addition of HDMI in all new production Xbox 360 consoles (though still lacking proper lossless audio output), Microsoft’s machine is one step closer to becoming a full-HD DVD standalone replacement.



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RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By airsickmoth on 10/24/2007 6:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I think the key factor missing on the Xbox is that it doesn't output 8 channel uncompressed PCM over HDMI.

I think what Toshiba would really want, is an Xbox 360HD that is fully HDMI 1.3a compliant.

Because right now there is no way to enjoy the HD audio, like Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, on the 360. It all gets downconverted to regular DTS.

I think Toshiba would be much more happy if they could slap TrueHD logos on the HD-DVD drive and encourage people to buy that instead of the cheaper HD-DVD players they make.

With HDMI 1.3a, TrueHD decoding, network connectivity, and all the hard drive space available for downloadable iHD content, the xbox would make a killer HD-DVD player.


RE: Strong bullet point, I think not..
By Noya on 10/24/2007 11:07:41 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, like Toshiba really cares if a x360 offers full, uncompressed audio. They just want massive sales to win the format war.


By omnicronx on 10/25/2007 10:29:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well, I think the key factor missing on the Xbox is that it doesn't output 8 channel uncompressed PCM over HDMI.
This is my #1 problem with the HD-DVD addon for the 360. Fortunately for me, I (along with 99.7 of the rest of the population), do not have a DolbyTRUEHD/DTSHD receiver.
It took years for people to upgrade to Dolby digital5.1 receivers, how long do you think it will take TrueHD? Toshiba/MS should focus on getting HD-DVD drives out there for as cheap as possible, and not HD-audio, which wont become mainstream for a few years after HD-Video itself.

If you are that much of a fanatic/audiovideophile that you by no uncertain terms need uncompressed 7.1 audio, then you should not be buying a 360 drive anyways ;)


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