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HDMI on Xbox 360? Nope

Xbox 360I have a coworker who seems to manufacture rumours out of thin air.

“Did you know that Robert is leaving?” this person says.
“Really? I didn’t know that! How’d you know?” I say.
“Oh, no. I don’t know. I’m just asking.”
“Huh?”

It seems to be that way when it comes to hot new stuff like the PS3 and Xbox 360. This time I’m talking about a little tidbit Joystiq (a very enjoyable site) picked up on the other day.

Here’s the original quote:

The Xbox 360 was hooked up to a Samsung DLP rear projection TV via component video. It’s a shame that it wasn’t connected via HDMI, but the Microsoft representative assured me that the 360 can output over HDMI, but that there isn’t a cable available at present. I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether this turns out to be true or not.

Let me translate the italicized portion into real-world-speak:

The Xbox 360 was hooked up to a Samsung DLP rear projection TV via component video. It’s a shame that it wasn’t connected via HDMI, which the Xbox 360 doesn’t support nor did Microsoft ever claim such support, so it would be really weird if it really was connected by HMDI, but I wished for it anyway. But the Microsoft representative assured me that the 360 can output over HDMI, but that there isn’t a cable available at present. This cable, I guess, would have to be a custom cable. Because there are standard HDMI cables already available for use with standard HDMI connectors. But Microsoft would have to have some kind of component-to-HDMI cable which converts an analog component video signal into a digital HDMI one. I guess this would involve some kind of active circuitry, so you’d have to power this cable by plugging it into the wall. This is kinda like the circuitry in the upconverting receiver JVC recently announced, but in a cable. I guess that’s what this cable would have to do because HDMI isn’t supported by the Xbox 360. I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether this turns out to be true or not.

So there you have it. How do you like my translation?

BTW, if Microsoft ever does add an HD-DVD player to the Xbox 360, that would be the time Microsoft would add an HDMI output. They don’t really have any incentive to do so before then. Component video outputs work fine for HD. Even 720p or 1080i.

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