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#21 of 27 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted August 02 2001 - 07:22 PM

If you mean the discs for the GCN and X-Box, the X-Box discs are DVDs and the GCN discs are mini-DVDs.

#22 of 27 OFFLINE   Gary King

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Posted August 02 2001 - 08:09 PM

I'm not sure how files can be transferred to the final Xboxes. Supposedly CD-Rs will not be supported on the final systems. There are *definite* possibilities for the Xbox, though... it's easy to port existing applications to it, and fits nicely into a LAN.

#23 of 27 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted August 02 2001 - 08:20 PM

I don't think many apps besides games will be made for the X-Box. They would be pointless without the mouse and keyboard that will never exist, plus they didn't make a PC, they made a videogame console (those are MS's words). If they made it not accept CD/DVD-R/RW's, that would be a VERY wise decision. That would lower piracy for the time being. They should just make it not play CDs unless they are music CDs and are booted from the GUI they are making for the XB.

#24 of 27 OFFLINE   Gary King

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Posted August 02 2001 - 08:47 PM

Morgan -

Put two and two together.

Jeff mentions "emu possibilities," and I mention "applications."

I'm not talking about Word.

#25 of 27 OFFLINE   Sean Oneil

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Posted August 02 2001 - 08:53 PM

1080i is actually equivilent to 540p as far as most TV's are concerned. The X-Box could in theory throw up a true 1080 lines, but it would have to do it progressively because I don't think the NV2A can spit out interlaced video, and 1080*1960p would probably not work on your TV set unless you have a data grade projection system set up at home.

I am not sure if 720p will be the final spec for HD on the Box. I think that games will offer both 540p (1080i) and 720p as an option. Also, 720p uses a bit more horsepower so to speak than does 540p (1080i) so if anything the lower res format of HD will probably be the most prevalent.

Gary, are you in agreement that the X-Box could scale DVD to 1080i as HTPC do? and would you also agree that if the RavicentDVD software included in the DVD playback kit does not have this ability, that it would be likely to happen via downloadable upgrades of some sort?

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[Edited last by Sean Oneil on August 03, 2001 at 03:54 AM]

#26 of 27 OFFLINE   Gary King

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Posted August 03 2001 - 03:40 AM

1920 x 1080i is just over 1 MPixel, so it requires about 10% more fill than 1280 x 720p.

The Xbox supports 1080i, so for non fill-bound games, 1080i is a viable option.

#27 of 27 OFFLINE   Sean Oneil

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Posted August 03 2001 - 07:30 AM

Gary, I think that you were multiplying 540 x 1920p to get your number. While TV sets may see 1080i and 540p as the same, a true 1080i signal contains 1080 true scan lines as opposed to the 540 lines of 540p. This is where it gets 'grey' as to just what MS means by Hi-Def. According to my calculator so don't hold me to it Posted Image to draw a true 1080 x 1920 frame is just over 2 Mpixels. Even with this number I agree that the box has the power to do some games in this ultra high resolution. I am just curious to know if it will support true 1080i (as opposed to 540p) in output.

Any thoughts on the box as a HTPC?





[Edited last by Sean Oneil on August 03, 2001 at 02:45 PM]

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