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Old 10-19-2006, 06:03 PM
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Default A possible way to play both formats for $742.00.

I am one of those people who are going to have a PS3 and I was thinking
about how I might be able to play HD DVDs so that I could enjoy movies from
Universal (King Kong) and New Line (LoTR films).

It is possible that the Xbox 360 HD DVD could be connected to a Windows PC
because the drive connects to the Xbox 360 via an USB cable. I hope it will
because I do not have a 360.

At the bottom of this article Gizmodo said:

"So to summarize, the 360 HD DVD can be hooked up to a PC, and has a
slight chance it can be used as a player if you have the right software. The
first generation HD DVD players from Toshiba are SOL and will never get
1080p, and the Xbox 360 HD DVD will only have 1080i via component."

So in summation:

Xbox 360 HD DVD drive $200.00
+
20GB Playstation 3 $500.00
=
$700.00
6% tax on $700.00 = $42.00
Total = $742.00

So post your thoughts on this idea and if you can find another way to play both
formats for less, let us all know!

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Old 10-20-2006, 06:50 AM
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Software will be the key for connecting the 360's HD-DVD to a PC. Yes, they have said it can be done, but MS will not provide the drivers necessary to make it work.

However, I'm sure it won't take long for some enterprising modder to come up with a solution!
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Old 10-21-2006, 10:55 PM
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I'm sorry, but I don't buy that info from Gizmodo. There is a website I frequent which has knowledgeable insiders. They don't post any rumors without stating so, and most of what has been posted has been true...


**RUMOR**
Apparently, there is an ATI chip built into the MB of the 360 that is not active (until around the time the HD-DVD add on takes off or later). Supposedly this chip opens DVR possibilities and a digital output with HDCP allowing the 360 to have an HDMI connection and output 1080P resolutions.

It is also rumored that some newer games (Splinter Cell: Double Agent) are encoded for 360 output resolutions of 1080P. Now, it is not know whether the graphics are native 1080P or upconverted, but the next big upgrade for the 360 is iminent.
**RUMOR**

I won't give names or point to websites, but the person who has stated these tidbits about the 360 is a very well knowledgeable insider. EVERYTHING this guy has posted has come true, so lets just eagerly cross our fingers in anticipation.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:08 AM
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Supposedly this chip opens DVR possibilities and a digital output with HDCP allowing the 360 to have an HDMI connection and output 1080P resolutions.
Now that is very interesting. Part of the problem up until now is that the output is analogue so if this is true it will go along with what MS have been saying regarding if the need HDMI they will address it!
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Interesting indeed. I anxiously await confirmation of this rumor with one of the next few big dashboard updates. It has been speculated that it will happen at time of the HD-DVD drive release.

Either way, like I indicated this has RUMOR status for now. I've had my own reservations, but it doesnt hurt to hope and dream of possibilities.

Lets just hope this one comes true.

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Interesting indeed. I anxiously await confirmation of this rumor with one of the next few big dashboard updates. It has been speculated that it will happen at time of the HD-DVD drive release.
Well it would be good news indeed! Another rumour I heard was divx and xvid support for the 360 – now that would be something!
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Hmm...I remember hearing something about that too sometime back. I'll look into it and let you know what I find out if I do.
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It would be great news if true - I could finally get rid of my Xbox for XBMC duties!
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Wow imagen the sales of the 360 add on if it works on pc lol.
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How about this: some smart person hooks up the 360 HD-DVD to a PS3 and makes a player on the PS3-Linux which is already available.

Edit: Sony has already made the operating system installer available. Yellow Dog Linux for PS3 will be available to download from November 27th. The PS3 is also open to other guest operating systems.

In fact since you can do pretty much anything you like with PS3-Linux an open source media center is not going to be very far away. And with gigabit ethernet no less... stream all your movies in your favorite encodings to your PS3 . Or keep 50+ DivX movies on one BD. Hurray for open PS3!

To me it looks like the PS3 serves the gamers, the HD fans and those interested in the media center possibilities. I also can't wait for the countless emulators that will run too. Kick ass power in a neat little package .

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