Read this before buying an Xbox 360 Elite

Read this before buying an Xbox 360 Elite

Summary: 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.

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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?

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  • Just like Software

    Now we have to start waiting for the second release, or in Microsoft's release version 3.
    nucrash
  • Is it better than having neither one?

    You bet your ass.

    - Shane
    mssturgeon
    • I can live with out

      I have a PS2 and a PC which has better game than any console out there right now. I can wait for a properly working next gen console. It's out now so I know it's there now just fix it.
      voska
    • Thats like saying . . .

      It's better to have dirt thrown in your face than sand
      because it better supports your negative self-image
      a.k.a lack of self appeal.

      watching daytime TV might be your true goal in life...
      not of this world