Hi there. I was reading an article in the August 2007 issue of NZ PC World magazine, pages 40-45 “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hi-Def.”
On the sidebar on page 45, “The Problem With HDCP,” it say near the bottom, “Xbox 360 users (excluding those who’ve bought the new HDMI Equipped Xbox 360 Elite) for example, are limited to using analogue component output when watching HD movies. Should HDCP protection ever be implemented (and one assumes it must one day) they’ll be left high and dry.”
What I don’t understand is the fact that it says 360 users are limited to using the component video output. Yes, my 360 does have component video output, but it also has an HDMI port directly underneath where the standard AV cable plugs in.
Is this a misunderstanding on my part or on the writer’s part? Or would they possibly have meant that the normal 360 consoles (the arcade and the pro) do have HDMI but that it is not HDCP compliant? That would make more sense to me.
Also, in NZ PC World’s Gear Guide 2007, page 23, it says “My first impressions of this new iteration of Microsoft’s two-year-old game console are generally positive – particularly with regard to the dramatically improved integration of the optional Xbox 360 HD DVD Player....”
To my understanding, this means that the disc drive inside the xbox 360 elite is capable of playing HD-DVD’s, compared to other 360 console where you have to buy the add-on USB HD-DVD player in order to play HD-DVD’s.
But later on in the article, it says “The Xbox 360 Elite’s $799 price tage – not counting the extra $249 you’ll pay for an HD-DVD Player add-on drive – means it won’t be anyone’s first choice solely for its high-def video playback.
So my question is, is the 360 Elite capable of playing HD-DVD’s on its own, or do you have to have the add-on drive for it to be able to play HD-DVD’s?
One last question, what is the difference between the Xbox 360 Pro and the Xbox 360 Elite, apart from the 120GB Hard Drive and the colour?
Thanks for your help!
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