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Submitted by Torch 3020d ago | news

Recently-announced Component-to-HDMI cables for non-Elite 360's: Redundant?

Engadget received a tip about an upcoming component to HDMI cable for the non-elite 360, and (Joystiq) is left shrugging (their) shoulders. Such adapters already exist at a steep cost; you plug component and audio cables in one end, and a single HDMI cable feeds out the other.

That's cool if you're down with OCD, but for the rest of us, why bother? One feature of HDMI is to run a digital signal for audio and video over a single cable. Connecting each audio and component feed into an analog-to-digital converter negates that one-cable, digital-only benefit.

Another "feature" of HDMI is its support for HDCP, and these adapters can't handle that copy-protected signal. What that means is someday, when a studio executive pushes a red button to turn on an Image Constraint Token for new movies, an HD-DVD enabled 360 will down-scale HD movies to DVD-quality; full quality in that future scenario will require a direct HDCP connection between a device and a TV. And some of our fancy HDTVs don't even support HDCP. Thank you, piracy panic.

Maybe Microsoft is preparing an HDMI cable to interface with the original 360's video-output port. Even then, the interface change won't impact games; it's only a convenience and movie issue.

Note that pictured adapter includes component to VGA cable. (Tech, Xbox 360)

THAMMER1  +   3020d ago
I thought I was going to get an elite but...
I just do not have to. I'm going to buy some games. This adaptor stuff seems like a good solution for some but you really do not need it at all.
Ru  +   3019d ago
Yea but can a Converter get the job done?
gta_cb  +   3019d ago
well
im first going to wait till i get my HDREADY tv :P and then well if this thing gets good reviews i would rather buy this, and hide it behind my tv and keep my origanal 360 as i would rather spend the money difference on games, the 360 controller etc :p

oh and about the movie issue, i think that normall DVDs are good enough quallity and i dont even have the HD DVD add on lol so im good :D (oh and there is also the option of buying HD films over the market place hehe)
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