Xbox 360 Premium confirmed shipping with HDMI

It looks like after all the rumor-mongering and speculation, the bomb is in fact dropping on Xbox 360 Premium hopefuls: the game systems are shipping with HDMI. At least one lucky customer who purchased a Premium system at a Target in Atlanta is currently enjoying the spoils of Microsoft's not-so-secret addition, so hot out of tips and direct to your eyes, we present the first of many you'll be seeing with the much-discussed, built-in HDMI port (and obviously the cooler 65nm chips onboard).

News source: Engadget
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I wonder how long it will take the existing Xbox Premium units to clear out of the retail channels. I'll be buying a 360 shortly and I was considering an Elite for the HDMI port, but if the Premium units are now shipping with one then I'll get one of those.

Wonder what HDMI version it is, wonder if these new units are in the UK yet, wonder if there is a way to tell which version of the 360 you have when picking up the retail box.

Questions questions questions... :P

Its about time they put this on the consoles. Too bad the HD-DVD player runs software to decode (iirc) and maxes out the console.

kak said,
Its about time they put this on the consoles. Too bad the HD-DVD player runs software to decode (iirc) and maxes out the console.

...does it make a difference, really? What's the point in not making use of all that power if you're going to watch a film?

Well you know, the Xbox360 is a gaming console foirst and foremost, it just happens to also be a great HD-DVD player, MC extender making it the best medi center short of having a MC computer hooked up to the TV.

instead of being a Blu-Ray player ale to play some games.

:p

...does it make a difference, really? What's the point in not making use of all that power if you're going to watch a film?

It does when the heat causes it to rev up and sound like a damn shop vac. Just try watching any quiet scene in a movie with it droning in the background.

it just happens to also be a great HD-DVD player

Actually it's a pretty dang poor HD DVD player.
No support for advanced audio codecs like TrueHD or DTS-HD MA. No multichannel PCM.
Again, loud and noisy.
Plus look at the numerous threads on AVS or Home Theater Forum for numerous compatibility issues.

instead of being a Blu-Ray player ale to play some games.

At least the PS3 works, supports numerous advanced formats, it QUIET...and it doesn't have a crippling design flaw that forces a three year warranty, numerous red rings of death and an eventually fatal design flaw because you rushed your console to market to beat Sony.

HawkMan said,
Well you know, the Xbox360 is a gaming console foirst and foremost, it just happens to also be a great HD-DVD player, MC extender making it the best medi center short of having a MC computer hooked up to the TV.

instead of being a Blu-Ray player ale to play some games.

:p

How many games did the 360 have out on it in the first year of development? Halo 3 still isn't out, it's most anticipated game. You talk about great games when you're simply just starting in the past year to get some. The PS3 is experiencing the same issues.

You obviously haven't read anything about the media server usage of the PS3. While its most likely not as good as the 360s (MS is going to win that hands down), its still pretty good. But who buys a gaming system for the MC options, right?

About the player running off of software decoding. It maxes the console out, making it run hotter and louder. I'm not sure how a game on a HD disc would run. If it doesn't stress the console too much, at least everyone will stop the whole "there is enough space on a DVD" argument.

Stupid Microsoft. This is something they should've done since day one. The lack of storage on DVDs is already affecting game development.

Just think, how else would Microsoft have made money on people who want "the best" if they put everything in the console from the beginning?

I'm sorry, but if all this stuff was in the console from the start, then it too would have cost upwards of $600. I don't need another mortgage.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'm sorry, but if all this stuff was in the console from the start, then it too would have cost upwards of $600. I don't need another mortgage.

You realize buying the Premium on launch and then turning around and getting this new revision with HDMI (not saying that's what you did necessarily) puts you over $600. See, it's the genius of the "we're a little bit less expensive than the competition" methodology. Unfortunately, when you add it up, you then realize you're well over what you originally had in mind to spend.

Galley said,
Stupid Microsoft. This is something they should've done since day one. The lack of storage on DVDs is already affecting game development.

Yeah, stupid microsoft, because you know better than one of the biggest companies on the planet.

Well guess what, I know better than you, I know just how much space really is on a DVD and how it can be utilised. Unless a game is going to be filled with hours of HD video, DVD isn't a limitation.

Kushan said,
DVD isn't a limitation.

For starters, I am not condoning piracy, simply using this picture for better understanding of my reasoning. Look at the attached picture and the file sizes. The version for 360 is 6.2 GB. The jump from XBox1 --> XBox 360 is pretty large. So, you're saying in 2-3 years time that 360 game sizes won't be hovering around 9GB? I beg to differ.

ozzy76 said,

For starters, I am not condoning piracy, simply using this picture for better understanding of my reasoning. Look at the attached picture and the file sizes. The version for 360 is 6.2 GB. The jump from XBox1 --> XBox 360 is pretty large. So, you're saying in 2-3 years time that 360 game sizes won't be hovering around 9GB? I beg to differ.

No, what I'm saying is that few games currently use the whole DVD and future games can use compression technology if 9Gb becomes a problem. You got any TGA's on your computer? Try zipping them and see how small they get.

ozzy76 said,
You realize buying the Premium on launch and then turning around and getting this new revision with HDMI (not saying that's what you did necessarily) puts you over $600. See, it's the genius of the "we're a little bit less expensive than the competition" methodology. Unfortunately, when you add it up, you then realize you're well over what you originally had in mind to spend.

The only accessories I have bought for my 360 are some extra controllers and the Vision camera. I don't think any previous owners are going to put down the price of another console just for HDMI. My HDTV accepts the connection from VGA and Component just fine, and they look great.

Awesome, definitely a step forward for the 360.

I still think they should include the HDDVD drive in the console and enable it to play games and movies, but that's just a pipe dream I guess...