A number of new details relating to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite have been clarified on the AVS Forum by Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. There are a number of issues that potential buyers need to be aware of before buying.
The Xbox 360 Elite is Microsoft's response to Sony's PS3, but it seems that Microsoft may have cut a few corners. Specifically:
- Xbox 360 Elite supports HDMI 1.2 profile, not HDMI 1.3 like Sony's PS3.
- PCM output is available but only for 2-channels (not 5.1). This means that if you want high-quality audio output from HD-DVD, you need to rethink.
- When the 360 Elite is connected to an HDTV set using an HDMI input, the console will automatically select the appropriate video output resolution up to 1080p. Users cannot manually force resolutions.
There also seem to be a number of issues relating to audio and video being out of sync when playing HD-DVDs. Patches are in the pipeline for this, but won't be released until the spring update.
Am I the only one that feels like both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 Elite have that unfinished, "beta" feel to them?