An Xbox 360 Elite 2.0 Wish List for Home Theater Geeks

Gizmodo's Brian Lam writes:

"Because its official date is less than a week away, I have been thinking a lot about the Xbox 360 Elite. By and large, the gaming press doesn't really get it, but that's because its not for them. An alternative name for it could have been Xbox 360 Home Theater Nut Edition.

There's a lot of good to it. The HDMI cable allows for HD-DVD at 1080p over a single cable. Good because those of us with low-end TVs don't have to depend on the TV for deinterlacing. The HDD upgrade is welcome for storing more HD movies. But those are rentals that expire. And DIY hacks as well as an official upgrade for the regular 360 will be around, it's questionable how much value that drive has.
So it comes down to HDMI and black paint."

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Neutral Gamer4199d ago

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Kyur4ThePain4198d ago

why MS decided not to go with HDMI 1.3.

Marriot VP4198d ago

because only 1/2% of consumers know about it

WilliamRLBaker4198d ago

I hadn't heard of hdmi 1.3 till like a year ago, Most tvs dont support it, Most sound systems dont, My Sound system doesn't even support HDMI at all. And its a 6.1 system...

Theres just not a reason to add another 40-50 dollars for each system just to add a standard thats not used by many things, and doesn't really offer much in benefit...

power of Green 4198d ago

No one has sound systems that cost thousands and 1.3 enabled tv's. The next box will have 1.3 or something different when the cost of divices come down to warrent it.

No one needs 1.3 other than for sound right now untill the upgrade signals etc. Stop useing 1.3 as a tool most don't even know about even the consumers that have HDMI tv's.

Kyur4ThePain4198d ago

are available and affordable, you'll be fine having to buy yet another version of the 360?
I just don't believe it would have been that much more expensive having 1.3 ISO 1.2 in the Elite.

BIadestarX4198d ago (Edited 4198d ago )

You obviously have no Idea what's the difference between HDMI 1.2 and 1.3. I know you are just trying to flame. But it it would be intesting to know how are you using your HDMI 1.3 features on your PS3. And how it will be better than the HDMI 1.2 of the 360. Can you tell us the model of you hdmi 1.3 HD TV?
Also did you know that HDMI 1.3 is not the latest version? They already have HDMI 1.3a. Does this mean Sony will have to release another SKU since it's tecnically NOT up to date?
Hehe... did you also know there are talks about HDMI 1.4?

Edit: Ok, I will make easier for you to understand. Microsoft did not add HDMI 1.3 because the extra features it has over HDMI 1.2 are not needed. So why add extra cost or make people pay extra for something they will not use or features that the HD DVD drive or the 360 will not use. Get it?
I am just trying to answer your question, "I just don't believe it would have been that much more expensive having 1.3 ISO 1.2 in the Elite". Not every company is like Sony (i.e. add hardware that you may not be interested on yet charge you for it).

Kyur4ThePain4198d ago (Edited 4198d ago )

They put in 1.2 because 1.3 isn't the latest version? Is that what you're saying? Because my statement was that I don't understand why they went with 1.2 and not 1.3, and your reply is that 1.3a and 1.4 are coming?
Sorry, I can't follow that type of argument. Nobody can.

Oh, and would you kindly point out where I mentioned the PS3?
My statement related to the Elite and part of the technology that it includes. Nowhere do I mention any other product. But your fragile little "mind" can't help interjecting and your fingers just instinctively type those 3 wonderful characters: "P..S..3" right?

WilliamRLBaker4198d ago

you have no idea what your talking about, It takes money to impliment Configuration type into a system costs money, royalty fee's, R&D...ect all cost money, which effectively would have added 40-50 or more dollars onto the price tag of the elite, And another thing the reason he mentioned ps3 is because you might want to reflect in your comments, and your profile that you own more then sony systems or own more then a ps3, Including the fact you only have a ps3 name on there, and nearly every post you post seems to be anti xbox 360....well you get the idea.

Dont complain when others assume when the only evidence you put forth is what they assumed any way, the old addage is a lie, You can judge a book by its cover. Because 99% of people really only are what they seem skin deep.

BIadestarX4198d ago

Well, simply put because though it look great on a tecnical specs documents it does not bring any benefits to the console or the HD DVD drive.

Here what 1.3 brings to the table.

Increases single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps)
(720P or 1080P does not use that much bandwidth)

Optionally supports 30-bit, 36-bit, and 48-bit xvYCC with Deep Color or over one billion colors, up from 24-bit sRGB or YCbCr in previous versions.

Incorporates automatic audio syncing (lip sync) capability.
(Not for games)

Supports output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio streams for external decoding by AV receivers.[9] TrueHD and DTS-HD are lossless audio codec formats used on HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

If the disc player can decode these streams into uncompressed audio, then HDMI 1.3 is not necessary, as all versions of HDMI can transport uncompressed audio. (The XBOX 360 does the decoding)

Availability of a new mini connector for devices such as camcorders.

As you can see... though it's nice to have a another revision number... why spend the extra money adding something that the device will not use. On top of it... Do you know how many tv HDMI ports are 1.3?

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