Once again, Xbox Live's Major Nelson has hosted some high definition experts
from Microsoft on his weekly podcast, this time three members of the team behind the upcoming HD DVD add-on
for the console. Unfortunately, there wasn't much new or interesting information about the upgrade beyond what is already available. The Toshiba-manufactured drive connects via USB 2.0 and outputs video through the Xbox 360's AV connectors, it will support the various interactive menus and iHD features, including the ability to download additional content from the internet. No price still, although they did state it would be the cheapest HD DVD player available. Whether they were referring to its price by itself, combined with an Xbox 360 Core System (>$200), or a Premium System (>$100) remains to be seen. Much like the previous podcast with Amir M
., they were noticeably bolstered by the positive reviews HD DVD has received in comparison
to Blu-ray and are very confident about its viability.
Given an opportunity to comment on any potential issues due to not having HDMI or DVI outputs they totally ignored potential problems with ICT and only chose to comment on the issue as pertaining to video quality. While we can certainly appreciate analog HDTV connectors
as much as anyone and the budget Playstation 3 shares
the same restrictions, we'd like to hear more on how this player won't be rendered useless by copyright protection
before we buy.