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Xbox 360 Elite HDMI Questions Answered

Loot Ninja gets their Elite questions answerd:
"Yesterday I posted about all the questions I still had about the Xbox 360 Elite. Someone with inside sources at Microsoft from AVS Forum actually got a chance to ask all of those questions.

The 360 Elite will support HDMI 1.2, which means no Dolby Digital+ or TrueHD sound. It will support uncompressed Linear PCM, but only 2 channel. That's some BS right there. That shoots down my idea of buying one..." (Xbox 360)

Keyser  +   3111d ago
I had been wondering and asking about this very point. There's a significant difference in HDMI 1.2 vs. 1.3. MS continues to stay in the present and not build anything for the future. (Dvd, 20gb, 120gb,...) With a company that has as much rseources as MS I would assume that at some point they would take a chance for gamers benefit but they refuse to do so.

You might wonder why 1.3 or 1.2 is such a big deal. Most HDTV haven't purchased their new HDTV yet. Let's just say that the early adopters have (me). There is a significant jump in the bandwith from 1.2 to 1.3. Much better sound and billions of colors. (google HDMI 1.3) It's not used in most devices right now. Most will say that is the reason MS isn't using it yet. Sure, they'll make a new Xbox 3 years from now (Next year) that has 1.3 and you have "the choice" of buying it for that feature. Or...you can buy a PS3 now and when tvs, receivers and blu-ray's are pushing that feature you'll arleady be set.

Sony has done a lot of stupid stuff surrounding the PS3 but they went out on a limb for the PS3 to bring, whoever payed the $600 beans, the most for their money. They didn't give you a cheap dvd drive like the PS2 had or even "play it safe" like MS is doing.

I'm sure fanboys will rush in and say they don't need all that stuff. They're probably right, they don't. For those who do, might, will in the future, it's already in the PS3 so your cost over the life of the systems is lessened. The essential meaning of future-proof. Be like the ants and less like the grasshopper. (Or be like me and buy both :))
Many say the 360 is great for TODAY. I agree. I play mine often. My PS3 though is great for TODAY and better yet, great for TOMORROW.

No fanboy here but I am an educated consumer. It's not that MS can't make a better product, they "choose" not to for profit. IMO, that's not good for gamers in the long run. Read this month's article in Game Informer about how MS could be offering some free online content that the developers want but MS is trying to condition it's audience to pay for everything...

Do like Gears though! Fun game.
sajj316  +   3111d ago
totally agree!!
HDMI 1.2 versus 1.3 (google it). Can someone give me logical reason why they didn't go with HDMI 1.3? Remove your fanboyism for 5 minutes and please educate me on this.
techie  +   3111d ago
Prob because it's not needed now? Seems to be the way to go. Not even the ps3 supports HDMI 1.3 software wise yet (as far as I know) though I think that's coming very soon (or could have already come)...I'm sure they'll be another HDMI output very soon anyway.

Hey ho
JOLLY1  +   3111d ago
I like #1's thought process
First off I'm sure he has a hdmi 1.3 receiver that he uses (which is the only wat to get the audio benefit of 1.3). Oh wait, you say that there is only 1 receiver out riht now with 1.3 connectivity, well I'm sure he has that one. Well there is the other thing though, He says that there is one cable connectivity. I agree with that, if you are only going to your television. How does it get to that wonderful receiver? Oh....I know, he has an hdtv and wants the best tv audio possible! That's wonderful, too bad your tv probably isn't 1.3 either. People that don't think before they type are funny.
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Keyser  +   3111d ago
Let me help you out just a tad...the point on my...rant, is that MS doesn't prepare you for the future and make you console gel well with the devices that will come out in the future as well as the devices that come out now. That to me is a problem when other companies are(In this case, Sony).

I have a new receiver and it has 4 HDMI inputs which will accept 1.1-1.3. It does not have the the capability of decoding 1.3 but it will allow it's input (physically). 1.3 is capable of delivering all the codes that you receive today so my system can handle that. The blu-ray will probably posses Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS ES 6.1 or other codes which my receiver can decode.

I also have one of the latest HDTVs but no it too doesn't have 1.3. It has 1.1 but can accept (physically) display up to it's breakpoint, the colors being transmitted.

These are things I have NOW!!!! Tomorrow, I may buy a receiver that has 1.3 or a tv that has 1.3 capabilities and they will take full advantage of everything the PS3 can deliver. Don't get me wrong, everything now is quite beautiful and rich in sound but there can be more that the PS3 is able to deliver. The 360 is a today system, not a tomorrow system. The PS3 can deliver today and tomorrow.

My problem is that MS is capable of delivering more but doesn't on purpose. Many 360 enthusiast have asked why the Elite didn't have other things built on board that the PS3 has. I prefer a system that will take chances in gaming to provide a better experience. Leaps help the technology advance as well as chances. Sony is taking those chances and MS is definietly capable of "wowing" us with it's hardware but rather "ho-hum" there way because of profit. They see Sony do something and then just say, "Well, we can build that too!" Then I have 3 three 360's to choose from in 1.5 years.

Sorry so wordy but I wanted you to know I've been thinking about it.
FordGTGuy  +   3111d ago
BTW its called
An optical cable and you can have both HDMI and optical hooked up at one time. Nice dumb question.
sajj316  +   3111d ago
optical ...
save your sarcastic answers for 12 year olds FordGTBoy. Didn't think the 360 had an optical port. Anyway, if you want to reduce your cabling and have one cable to handle both the audio and visual side, HDMI 1.3 is the way to go. Just wondering why MS opted to go 1.2 since the whole purpose of the Elite is to capture a niche market of high def audio and visual gamers (which I am in).
FordGTGuy  +   3111d ago
I'm 19 sajj and i'm FordGTGuy and last time I checked sarcasm is part of the english language and used by all ages
The stock wires that comes with the Xbox 360 include component, composite, and optical output. Why did Microsoft choose HDMI 1.2? Well thats a question for them but all I said was that it has Optical.
likeaboss302  +   3111d ago
There is no technical or cost reason for not going HDMI 1.3. MS just dropped the ball on the Elite version. They can get it right all the time.

No built in Wi-Fi, HD DVD, or HDMI 1.3 = No Elite for me
shikwan  +   3111d ago
Oh praise Sony
Praise Sony for putting HDMI 1.3 on their system...that almost no one use.

Question Sony for not allowing PC Connectivity (most modern electronics do) and having the worst Online Service (the future of gaming).

Question the NEED for HDMI in the first place-before you question why MS hasn't put it on the system until now.
NaAsAr  +   3111d ago
or question...
why did they decide to do it in the 1st place. sure you get a black box, but it would be cheaper just to offer the 120gb option and not create another manufacturing costing sku.
shikwan  +   3111d ago
IPTV-The Elite will be the IPTV set-top box. It will therefor HAVE TO have HDMI and a bigger hdd.
ChefDejon  +   3111d ago
YET Again
if its not really needed i see it as a luxury and something convient to have just because ur not using it doesnt mean the anyone isnt and when it becomes the (HDera) then u will see Ps3 is built for the future not next week. the Ps3 was built to stay with technology till or even after the Ps4 comes out. thats why they were calling it "FUTURE PROOF"
JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   3111d ago
Why is the font so freaking HUGE! on this site.
I want the Harddrive mine fills up realy fast with content. And the HDMI is a + for me as well but I dont need the Elite for that.

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Dreamworker  +   3111d ago
xbox 360 a gaming console
o.k. the premium is fine if you just play games 20gb is enough space to save games and component or vga cables are fine to for gaming in HD. The Elite is more fore downloading HD movies and for IPTV recording.
kewlkat007  +   3111d ago
Well if we know how technology works
"It's not used in most devices right now. Most will say that is the reason MS isn't using it yet. Sure, they'll make a new Xbox 3 years from now (Next year) that has 1.3 and you have "the choice" of buying it for that feature. Or...you can buy a PS3 now and when tvs, receivers and blu-ray's are pushing that feature you'll arleady be set."

don't you think they might have a 1.4 or 1.5 by then, ya know similar to Sony's PSP updates...

Your never really set with technology, in a blink of an eye something new is discovered. That's just how it is. Sony again giving users things they really won't have use for(until like 3 years from now maybe) and making you pay for it "NOW". When "THEN" comes rolling around, the users have not gotten much use of it.

Sometimes it's good to stay with the times, which will be good for users without deep pockets. Not trying to force technology that you really cannot take advantage of until later of the consoles life cycle. When that happens the competition will be using something better with their new console.

I rather not pay for anything thats yet un-proven or cannot be of any use to me right away(unless the price is right), cause by the time I'm ready, its useless technology. Since I know there is no escaping technologies progression, I rather wait till prices drop, then it's worth my while.

now does 1.2 or 1.3 matter to me..umm probally not.(just as many casual gamers), I'm really not a hardcore Video/Audio Enthusiast. 1080i, 5.1 and rumble works for me.
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Keyser  +   3111d ago
1080i, 5.1 and rumble works for you but for those who do plan on getting more (Playing B3YOND, LOL!) I've got 1080p and 7.1 so I guess I would be one of those guys who would want 1.3 and it only cost me probably $10 added on to the PS3's price. MS could have done the same thing without blinking an eye.

My problem is that they are not TRYING to push technology ahead. To me, that's slowing down the advancement of technology that can provide a more immersive gaming environment. Everything is expensive until it becomes popular and it won't become popular if companies don't put it out there.

See where I'm coming from?
HaKeRsCanRotINHEL  +   3111d ago
IMO the PS3 was built for two console generations..........
and everyday M$ makes it abundantly clear that it rushed the 360 out way too early. :( JMO!
JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   3111d ago
"two console generations"
Please hook me up with your dealer because you are on some hella good drugs. "rushed the 360 out way too early" yup rushed it into the arms of 11million owners, Fool.

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HaKeRsCanRotINHEL  +   3110d ago
Don't forget I'm own your side "FOOL".................
Drugs, don't need um ( natural high, ) just looking at the BIGGER picture thats all. :) M$= three consoles and a HD-DVD add on. Phony= two consoles that do it all but no games, See my logic.

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