Confirmed, US Xbox 360s will upscale DVDs to 720p

DanH

Active Member
I thought it was illegal for DVDs to be upscaled via component? Something about the DVD forum specifying HDMI or DVI with HDCP as a requirment.
 

brain_stew

Active Member
Kopite4Ever said:
this isnt suprising in all honesty, wether it does a good job is a different story
Well last I heard there was some confusion whether or not it would be allowed over component but this obviousley clears it up. I would imagine the scaler is quite capable, all games will be using it to upscale or downscale if necessary and considering most people will still be playing in 480i it has to be atleast decent.
 

WhiteHartMart

Well-known Member
This links to the US site - do you think it might be different for the European version?? Can't find anything on the UK site.

Bit worried this could end up the same as the orignal 'Xbox won't output in 720p but the US one will'!!
 

Cowden_harley

Well-known Member
I imagine they all will according to the description of the Component cable of gameplay.com it states that it will allow dvds to play at 720p
 
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Chris White

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thats really good news for me! It better be in the EU, im sure it will. Whats the point of disabling the EU ones this time as we are HD ready now!? and if the games are running at HD why on earth would they both to have the hassle of disabling the dvd at 720p?

I was going to get an upscaling dvd player this winter to sit alongside my sammy and 360, but now i can save a few bob and get some more games! woo hoo
 

Sting King

Active Member
Chris White said:
thats really good news for me! It better be in the EU, im sure it will. Whats the point of disabling the EU ones this time as we are HD ready now!? and if the games are running at HD why on earth would they both to have the hassle of disabling the dvd at 720p?

I was going to get an upscaling dvd player this winter to sit alongside my sammy and 360, but now i can save a few bob and get some more games! woo hoo
Me too mate, shelved the idea of getting an upscaling player, I'm confident the 360 will suffice for my DVD watching, will be putting the cash towards a nice new AV cabinet :thumbsup:
 

richard plumb

Well-known Member
thats really surprising. AFAIK, that goes against the rules of the DVD forum.

Shh, lets keep quiet until we have our machines just in case they forgot :)



edit: reasonable 720p DVD playback would mean I can get rid of my DVD player (or at least into the spare room). One box down.

Reasonable movie streaming via XP connect would mean I can get rid of my xbox 1 as well. Two boxes down.
 
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Chris White

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Sting King said:
Me too mate, shelved the idea of getting an upscaling player, I'm confident the 360 will suffice for my DVD watching, will be putting the cash towards a nice new AV cabinet :thumbsup:

roll on 6 weeks! ill start to lose unused AV eq soon as well! Bye bye dvd player, bye bye xbox 1, bye bye my misses! whoops! shes gotta stay here :hiya:
 

drskhaled

Active Member
Great news, its the least MS can do as theyre not releasing hddvd for a while (if at all). However being a cynical git, I reckon theyll disable it for us chumps in Europe. If we get shafted again I'll be so annoyed
 

WhiteHartMart

Well-known Member
mal600908 said:
:confused: I am sure I have just read on the GB site it will play movies at 480p
Yep - have a look HERE.

Says 480p DVD playback!!

Say it ain't true! :lease:
 

drskhaled

Active Member
It's probably an error as Pal dvds would be 576i/p.... unless we are really gonna be shafted and it refers to ntsc progressive(480p) only with pal interlaced (576i). Just like the slimline ps2 only outputs ntsc dvds progressive. That would be very mean.
 
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Chris White

Guest
they better not shaft us, however if the worse comes to the worse, hopefully some of our more techy friends on the web might find a soft mod? that wont get you banned"! PLEASeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 

Malone

Active Member
Why O Why do they think we live in the frickin dark ages. Cant they leave it as 720p same as them Jeez makes me mad :mad:

Matt
 

WSB

Active Member
or you can simply import a 360 from the US.

I'm sure things will all become clearer in the weeks to come but I'll be importing a 360 if it offers better functionality than the European version.
 

Malone

Active Member
WSB said:
or you can simply import a 360 from the US.

I'm sure things will all become clearer in the weeks to come but I'll be importing a 360 if it offers better functionality than the European version.
Ditto

Matt

PS Mods might want to alter thread heading :thumbsdow
 

Munkey Boy

Distinguished Member
Well, to me all this has done is muddy the waters even more. To me it is completely illogical that PAL dvds would be displayed in 480p, which is an NTSC standard. My hunch is that is a misprint, in which case we STILL have no firm evidence one way or the other.
 

Cowden_harley

Well-known Member
Typical Microsoft. We were supposed to get a list of backwards compatible games by now as well.
 

brain_stew

Active Member
So the same site has two conflicting statements, well done Microsoft. When it says DVDs in 720p it doesn't mention what connection, could this mean this feature will only be unlocked if they release a HDMI cable? Please let it not be so because if it does upscale it will save me a few bob.
 

Munkey Boy

Distinguished Member
Well, strictly speaking, it's not the same site - while there are common items, the US and UK sites differ in content and structure. The 720p reference will not refer to an HDMI cable as MS has no plans to release one at the moment. The 480p reference must be a mis-quote on the UK writers behalf.
 
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GaRoberts

Guest
Reading this thread made me so angry! Can't believe they would make the mistake they did with XBox 1 (where non-US HD output was disabled)

Sent the following to XBox customer support - doubt I'll get an answer, but thought at least I'd vent my feelings:

Xbox team,

Please can you confirm that the UK website version is wrong (please!!!!!!)?

US site:

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/xbox360/morethangames.htm

"Watch your DVD movies in glorious 720p from the get go"

UK site:

http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/hardware/x/xbox360componenthdcable/

"Progressive-scan DVD playback in 480p"

Surely, given the advent of HD in the UK (particularly Sky's announcement of a HD service from next year), we are going to be able to watch our DVD's on our HD TV's in the UK too?

Microsoft isn't actually going to go to the trouble of disabling this on the UK Xbox, is it? (as it unwisely did with HD output on Xbox 1?)

For an example of the initial feedback on this point:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256882&page=2&pp=15

This is a chance for the Xbox 360 to replace 2 boxes (video game and HD output DVD player) under the TV's in the UK - why would you not take it, and increase your sales audience? This will simply increase the desire of people to (a) import or (b) modify their consoles.

Please can you clarify/explain?
 
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jerkyboy

Guest
I would'nt get to exited. I honestly could hardly tell any differance betweeen 480p 720p and 1080i when my Panasonic S97 upscaled via HDMI.
 

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