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360 to Support 720p and 1080i, but no 1080p | PS3Blog.net

In an interview with Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox Product Group at Microsoft, team XBOX found out some interesting things. I’ve broken up discussion of this interview into several posts so that there is one post per topic.

As far as output resolutions go, developers can create games that use any output resolution, be it SD, 720p, or 1080i. Then the 360 will convert that game output to a signal that the user requests that is most compatible with his or her display, be it SD, 720p, or 1080i. As far as 1080p goes:

Xbox 360 does not support 1080p at this time. It’s an incremental improvement at an astronomical expense, and we don’t see consumers clamoring for 1080p TVs yet. We will continue evaluate the market and deliver the capability when and if customers want it.

I find this a little strange. Does this really mean that Microsoft could change the specification of the 360 after it’s been released? Some 360 owners could have 1080p output while others don’t? Mr. Holmdahl hinted at a similar possibility for HDMI support. I don’t know if this is such a great idea. One of the great things about gaming consoles is that they stay the same – developers and consumers can count on a standard unchanging set of specifications. To fiddle with that formula is inviting problems.

While we’re on the subject of HD output, a little bird told me that a games developer is having problems getting the HD output they want from the 360. They asked Microsoft if it’s okay to output SD only and Microsoft’s response was yes, but only for AAA titles. I heard this from a friend of a friend, so take it with just a little bit of skepticism…

Link: team XBOXXbox 360 Interview: Todd Holmdahl

  • Glen

    [Moderator Edit: I almost deleted this post. It is inaccurate, off-topic in parts, and slanderous. However, in the interest of journalistic integrity I’ll leave it here for now. We’ll see how Glen behaves himself in the future.]

    This site is such a sony fan boy site.. keep off XBOX sites.

    Talk about you PS3 that will be out next year.. dont make up bad news about the XBOX 360.

    I find this a little strange. Does this really mean that Microsoft could change the specification of the 360 after it’s been released?

    The XBOX 360 is not out yet and even if it was… you see where the hard drive gose in? that is also for upgrades. people with 1080p TVs will go out and get this add on.

    This wont make the games any harder to make at all.. not all PS3 games will be in 1080p if any

  • mecca11

    I dont like the look of this…

    As far as output resolutions go, developers can create games that use any output resolution, be it SD, 720p, or 1080i. Then the 360 will convert that game output to a signal that the user requests that is most compatible with his or her display, be it SD, 720p, or 1080i.

    That makes it sound like the 360 is doing nothing more than upconverting the resolutions, much like the current HD premium channels such as HBO/ST etc. Whole it does look *better*, upcomversion to 720p or 1080i is NOT true SD, and I expect better.

    I was real excited about the X-Box supporting HD, and it has what, 2-3 true 1080i games? Maybe a dozen 720p?

    Unfortunatley, those of us with HDTV’s are probably still considered a minority.

  • Henning

    Well, to be fair, I think that 360 games that output SD will be in the minority. Mr. Holmdahl just said that 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i will be the supported output resolutions. He did not say what content will output at what resolution.

    First, there will be games from the original Xbox. Of course these are mostly SD games. Therefore if you have the 360 hooked up to an HDTV it might be a beneficial feature to have the resolutions upconverted to a higher resolution.

    Second, there will be DVDs. Most DVDs these days are SD. Same kind of thing as original Xbox games.

    Last, there will be games created just for the Xbox 360 that will output in SD. Now, Microsoft has said that they want all games for the 360 to be HD, so a developer will be going against Microsoft’s wishes if they create an original 360 game that’s not HD. And though my friend’s friend said that Microsoft might allow this in some cases, I must point out that this is third-hand info, and may very well be false.