Xbox 360 ext. HD DVD player to take on ATI H.264 decoder

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Technologies has announced that Microsoft has taken on its ATI H.264 for
its Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on, which is due for launch around the holiday season later this
year…

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So what happens if the HD DVD uses VC1? Is it a crappy picture or what?

Microsoft wrote VC1 so they can probably code the xbox360 version of the codec without help.

:r MS are dumbasses for making a HD-DVD only drive. If they had any sense they would release a dual format HD-DVD/blu ray drive like many manufacturers are developing now. That would be an edge - PS3 has blu ray only, 360 would have both ! Just proves that MS is in this to prolong the war and make both fotmats fail, as many are saying.

Not familiar with player add-on. Presumably the touted decoder is simply software (sublicensed by ATI from Cyberlink?) and not hardware? A multi-format drive would certainly make sense but it is only an external accessory so they can always make a different part later if demand warrants and indeed make a new revision of the console with integrated multi-drive.

This is a non-news… Basically Microsoft, who used an ATi GPU inside his XBox360 will use an ATi HD-DVD player. Yes, they’re saying that’s because ATi stuff rulez (yeah, right, for the same reason they used a nVidia GPU on the XBox) but it’s just a full load of (you know what I mean). They needed a fast to market software, a solution that “works well” on that hybrid ATi chip… I think there was no alternative that using ATi software from the beginning.

so where does it say you have to go out and buy one ? dont want it dont buy it want something different go buy it that simple

Probably you misunderstood… I wasn’t talking about “how good it will be”, I was talking about someone putting out buzzwords and fireworks to state something that was already crystal clear. It’s like HP saying that they added a speedstep enanchement addon on their Intel desktop systems and making a great fuss to explain that they choose an Intel speedstep manager because it showed superior performances…